At the onset of UFC Fight Night 153 the marquee matchup is a top tier draw. Alexander Gustafsson will fight in his own backyard against Anthony Smith. This light heavyweight match headlines an outstanding lineup for UFC Betting Odds. There is a total of six bouts on the main card. Also, from the light heavyweight division is Volkan Oezdemir vs. Ilir Latifi. Both light heavyweight bouts feature fighters ranked in the top ten. A third light heavyweight bout will feature Jimi Manuwa versus Aleksandr Rakic. On this occasion betting action should increase for such a strong lineup.
UFC Fight Night 153 Gustafsson vs. Smith
Date and Time: Saturday, June 1, 2019
Location: Ericsson Globe, Stockholm, Sweden
MMA Betting Online Odds: Alexander Gustafsson -320 vs. Anthony Smith +260, Volkan Oezdemir -125 vs. Ilir Latifi +105, Jimi Manuwa +190 vs. Aleksandr Rakic -230, Chris Fishgold -115 vs. Makwan Amirkhani -105, Christos Giagos +155 vs. Damir Hadzovic -175, Sung Bin Jo -145 vs. Daniel Teymur +125
UFC Fight Night 153 TV Coverage: ESPN+
Slumping Gustafsson on quest for Title Shot
Now Alexander Gustafsson is second in the official UFC light heavyweight rankings. He has posted two losses with the UFC betting odds in his previous title bout shots. Of great concern is that Gustafsson has lost four of his last seven fights. He is coming off a technical knockout loss to Jon Jones. The bout took place on December 29, 2018 at Inglewood, California. Jones got the win in the third round. More emphatically it was the second time that Gustafsson lost to Jones in the octagon. In September of 2013 Jones defeated Gustafsson in a title bout.
Smith Also Coming off Loss to Jones
In like manner to Gustafsson, Anthony Smith is coming off a loss to Jon Jones. On March 2, 2019 Jones earned a unanimous decision win at Las Vegas. At stake was the UFC light heavyweight title belt. Following the Sportsbook loss to Jones, Smith dropped to fourth on the official UFC light heavyweight rankings. The defeat snapped a three-bout winning streak for Smith. It was the only title bout opportunity of his career. On this occasion against Gustafsson the winner will get the inside track to another title shot.
Volkan Oezdemir Looks to Stop Skid
Commencing with his fight this Saturday Volkan Oezdemir ranks seventh in the UFC light heavyweight division. Oezdemir has lost three bouts in a row. Last time out was a split decision defeat against Dominick Reyes. London was the venue on March 16, 2019. Prior to that were losses to Anthony Smith and Daniel Cormier. Further, the loss to Cormier was for the UFC light heavyweight championship. That title bout took place at Boston on January 20, 2018. In Ilir Latifi he will be facing the ninth ranked light heavyweight in UFC. It follows that Latifi is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Corey Anderson.
Matchup to Watch
On this occasion Gustafsson gets a critical fight at home. It stands to figure that this is a golden opportunity with the UFC Betting Odds. A hometown win likely means another shot at the title belt. By contrast a defeat would be devastating to his career.
UFC Betting Odds Picks
In sum Alexander Gustafsson should prevail in a must win bout in front of his countrymen.
UFC Fight Night Betting Online Pick: Alexander Gustafsson
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