UFC Fight Night 153 Betting Preview & Picks

Posted by Juan Carlos on May 29, 2019 in

Stockholm, Sweden will be the scene for UFC Fight Night 153 on Saturday night. And what better way to headline a show in Sweden than with one of Sweden’s favorite sons, Alexander Gustafsson? In the main event of the card, Gustafsson will match up against Anthony Smith. Who is favored in the UFC odds for this bout? Let’s take a look.

UFC Fight Night 153 Betting Preview & Picks

Main Event Time

The main event pits two of the top light heavyweights in the UFC against each other. Alexander Gustafsson, who carries an 18-5 record into the bout with Smith, is widely believed to be the second-best light heavyweight in the sport behind Jon “Bones” Jones. Three of Gustafsson’s five losses have been at the hands of Jones (two losses) and Daniel Cormier. After tough losses to Cormier and Jones, Gustafsson defeated Jan Blachowicz and Glover Teixeira. In a rematch with Jones, Gustafsson was defeated by a 3rd round KO. This will be his first fight since the loss to Jones, and he will be looking to get back into title contention.

Anthony Smith is living a Cinderella story in the UFC. Once released from the promotion, Smith has fought his way back into contention. After some success as a middleweight, Smith moved up to the light-heavyweight division. After three victories in the division, he was matched up against Jon Jones. He fought valiantly against Jones, but lost by decision.

When Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson meets up with “Lionheart” Anthony Smith, this will be a fight of contrasting styles. Smith will look to blitz Gustafsson, while “The Mauler” will look to take Smith to the mat. Smith’s defensive ability is one of his weaknesses, so look for Gustafsson to take advantage of this by using his wrestling skills.

Both of these fighters need this fight to stay in contention for the top spots in the light-heavyweight division.  It should be a good one!

On the undercard, we’ll see yet another light-heavyweight battle. Volkan Oezdemir (15-4) will face Illir Latifi (14-6). Oezdemir comes into the fight on a four-match losing streak, with two of the losses coming at the hands of Daniel Cormier and Anthony Smith. He badly needs a victory in this bout to stay relevant within the division. Oezdemir goes by the name of “No Time”, and in this case, there is “No Time” better than now for a victory.

In Latifi, the viewers will see an exciting fighter with knockout capabilities. He also has shown an ability to use submission finishers. This should be a fun fight. Oezdemir is the more talented fighter, but he will need to be careful not to step into one of Latifi’s big blows.

Light Heavyweight

In yet another light-heavyweight bout, Jimi Manuwa (17-5) will take on Aleksander Rakic (11-1). The 39 year old Manuwa is looking to do something good at the tail end of his career. In Rakic, the UFC is seeing an up-an-coming fighter. Rakic has yet to fight any top-notch fighters, so Manuwa will be his first big test. If Rakic can defeat Manuwa, he will be escalated into the top tie of the light heavyweight division.

The Light Heavyweight Division will be front and center at the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden on Saturday night. The UFC will look to separate the pretenders from the contenders in the division. With the intrigiuing matchups with contrasting styles, this looks to be an exciting card!