Volkan vs Smith : Volkan Oezdemir has fought once before for the belt, losing early this year, but at No. 2 in the division and the changing light heavyweight landscape keeps him right on the cusp of another shot. Standing in his way is Anthony Smith, whose career has exploded since he moved from middleweight up to the 205-pound division.
UFC Moncton Volkan vs Smith Live ResultsThe Moncton co-main event was shaken up when Zubaira Tukhugov was pulled from his fight with Artem Lobov because of his involvement in the UFC 229 post-fight brawl between Khabib Nurmagomedov’s team and Conor McGregor’s cohorts.
Join us today on Bloody Elbow for live results, discussion, round scoring and play-by-play as UFC Fight Night: Volkan vs. Smith takes place in Moncton, NB.
The headliner comes in the light heavyweight division, where Volkan Oezdemir will look to stay in the title mix when he takes on rising Anthony Smith.
Today’s event will coincide with regular Fight Night times. Live results and play-by-play will commence with the Fight Pass broadcast at 6:30pm ET/3:30pm PT for three fights. The event will then flip over to FS1 for four more prelims starting at 8:00pm ET, and then stay there for the full main card which goes down at 10:00pm ET. The full lineup and schedule follows.
Artem Lobov has not competed inside the cage since suffering a unanimous decision loss to Andre Fili at last October’s UFC Fight Night 118 event in Poland.
“The Russian Hammer” will enter the contest having dropped four of his past six fights. Lobov’s most recent victory came at UFC Fight Night 99 in Ireland where he defeated Teruto Ishihara via unanimous decision.
Meanwhile, Michael Johnson was last seen in action at August’s UFC Fight Night 135 event where he scored a split-decision victory over Andre Fili.
That victory snapped a three fight losing skid for “The Menace”, as Johnson has previously suffered defeats to Khabib Nurmagomedov, Darren Elkins and Justin Gaethje respectively.
After taking the fight on just a few weeks notice, Michael Jonhson failed in his attempt to get down to 145-pounds. With that said, Artem Lobov was all class in forgiving his UFC Moncton opponent.