A light heavyweight matchup between Nikita Krylov and Volkan Oezdemir is set to co-headline one of UFC’s October events.
UFC officials today announced the bout between Krylov (26-7 MMA, 8-5 UFC) and Oezdemir (17-5 MMA, 5-4 UFC) for Oct. 17.
The event, which does not have an official name, takes place at Flash Forum at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. It’s expected to air on ESPN or stream on ESPN+.
Krylov, 28, has alternated wins and losses in his four fights since returning to the UFC for a second stint in September 2018. “The Miner” is coming off a unanimous decision win over Johnny Walker at UFC on ESPN+ 28 in November in what was his first time ever winning on the scorecards.
Oezdemir, 31, meanwhile, will try to rebound from a second-round knockout against Jiri Prochazka at UFC 251 in July. Prior to that, he’d won consecutive bouts against Aleksander Rakic and Ili Latifi.
The latest lineup for UFC’s Oct. 17 event includes:
- Brian Ortega vs. Chan Sung Jung
- Nikita Krylov vs. Volkan Oezdemir
- Jessica Andrade vs. Katlyn Chookagian
- Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Ciryl Gane
- Poliana Botelho vs. Gillian Robertson
- Modestas Bukauskas vs. Jimmy Crute
- Mateusz Gamrot vs. Magomed Mustafaev
- Muslim Salikhov vs. Claudio Silva
- Jun Yong Park vs. John Phillips
- Gadzhimurad Antigulov vs. Maxim Grishin
- Said Nurmagomedov vs. Mark Striegl
- Mounir Lazzez vs. David Zawada
- Jamie Mullarkey vs. Fares Ziam