Volkan Oezdemir v Anthony Smith Fight Preview, Prediction and Betting Picks

Check out our fight preview and predictions for UFC Fight Night: Oezdemir vs. Smith, set for October 27th in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada.

 

Fight Preview and Tale of the Tape

Volkan Oezdemir Anthony Smith
SwitzerlandNationalityUnited States
29Age30
187 cmHeight193 cm
15-2-0Record30-13-0
W W W W LFormW W L W W

 

Volkan Oezdemir Form

The Swiss athlete was last seen in the Octagon almost a year ago when he clashed with Daniel Cormier for the light-heavyweight title at UFC 220. Oezdemir came up short in that match, and has since gone back to the drawing board to regain focus in his crusade to dominate the 205 lbs division in DC’s absence.

  • Pro since 2010
  • Eleven wins by KO, one by submission (kimura)
  • Twelve first round finishes
  • Seven knockouts in under one minute
  • Has won five of his last six

Anthony Smith Form

Anthony ‘Lionheart’ Smith has made steady progress to impose himself within the top pool of fighters at 205 lbs after treading water as a middleweight. Since moving up, Smith has taken down UFC veterans like Shogan Rua and Rashad Evans and now faces his toughest test against a well-drilled wrecking machine in Oezdemir.

  • Pro since 2008
  • 18 wins by KO, 10 by submission (4 triangle, RNC, 2 armbar, arm triangle, 2 undisclosed submissions) – only two wins by decision.
  • 7-1 between UFC appearances – most recent non-UFC bout was first round TKO of Josh Neer on 1/14/16
  • 17- first round finishes
  • Has won 13 of his last 15 and two in a row

 

Volkan Oezdemir v Anthony Smith Betting Markets and Odds

The man they call ‘No Time’ enters this UFC Fight Night main event as favourite according to all major betting platforms. The bookies have him at 1/2 to win outright whilst laying out odds of 6/4 to Smith. Check out our recommended markets for how to bet on this UFC bout below.

Volkan Oezdemir to win by KO/TKO

No Time is all about the stand-up game. He has attempted 137 strikes in his UFC career, landing almost half (47%) against his opponents. From his 110 strikes, 80% have been from a standing position. These stats point to Oezdemir as a strong candidate for a KO finish on the night.

You can back the Swiss fighter to win by this method below:

William Hill – evens

Bet Fred 6/5

 

Anthony Smith to win by KO/TKO

Smith is no stranger to a knockout either. His aggressive style has worked wonders in finishing five of his last six fight inside the distance. He matches Oezdemir for total career strikes landed (48%) and successful strikes from a standing position (77%).

You can back the American fighter to win by this method below:

William Hill – evens

Bet Fred 6/5

Fight to finish in first round

A risky bet but one few can resist, owing to how hard these guys can whack and the speed at which they attack. Smith knocked out both Shogun and Evans in the opening round, so he’ll be looking to build steam on those back-to-back victories. Prior to losing to Cormier, Oezdemir also racked up round 1 knockouts on the bounce, claiming the scalps of Cirkunov and Manuwa respectively.

Both fighters are pitted at 4/1 to win by R1 KO, you can back them to do so here:

William Hill – 11/4

Bet Fred 4/1

Fight not to go the distance

All the signs are here for an early stoppage, realistically aligned with Oezdemir stealing the win. But we say it’s all about what happens in the opening round. Smith brings a well-rounded stand-up game that is equally as dangerous, but his sometimes reckless nature means he is always wide open for a straight shot. Odds are way short at 2/13, so if backing this markets we suggest picking a fighter and a round for maximum stake returns.

 

Prediction – Volkan Oezdemir to win by KO/TKO

Oezdemir may be the front-runner to land the KO but don’t rule out Smith’s tenacity in close quarters – he has a rich history of taking down opponents with sharp knees, elbows and thunderous body shots. All it takes is one clean swipe in the heavyweight divisions to end the fight. As a safe bet, we’re calling No Time to win by a late stoppage.

 

 

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