For Volkan Oezdemir, fighting Nikita Krylov is double the challenge.
After both Oezdemir (18-6 MMA, 6-5 UFC) and Krylov (6-5 UFC) won on the same night in London in July, they were quickly paired for Saturday’s UFC 280 event after Krylov politely called him out.
Oezdemir ended Paul Craig’s winning streak, while Krylov knocked out Alexander Gustafsson to improve to 28-9 overall and 9-7 in the UFC.
“This kind of fight makes sense for me,” Oezdemir said.
“I’ve got to go there and avenge my teammate and get the victory.”
He added, “Obviously Gustafsson was his biggest win ever. His biggest fight, his biggest win and something that made him shine, but definitely it’s gonna be different with me. I’m here to impose my style, and I’m here to impose my game.”
“It’s always good, because I’m here to stay,” Oezdemir said of bouncing back. “I’m here to climb the ranks, to get victory after victory, and now it’s good to get this behind and continue the winning streak.”
“Definitely it’s gonna make me improve, but then I obviously need a top-five guy after that just to put my name in the mix of the title shot. So, I need a victory against the top five after this fight.”
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