The Octagon Yields to Sweden to Get UFC Fight Night 152, taking place June 1 in Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden.
Several new bouts are added into the card, and they are listed below.
Christos Giagos vs. Damir Hadzovic, Fight Night 152
Lightweights Christos Giagos and Damir Hadzovic are set to battle UFC Fight Night 152. MMANytt.com broke the news. Giagos (16-7) is 2-3 in the UFC over two stints in the advertising and is coming off of a decision win over Mizuto Hirota. Hadzovic (13-4) is 3-2 in the UFC and is coming from a KO win over Marco Polo Reyes with a decision win over Nick Hein prior to that. Both men are middle-of-the-pack lightweights, but Hadzovic seems a large more polished and should be preferred here.
Daniel Teymur vs. Sung Bin Jo, UFC Fight Night 152
Featherweights Daniel Teymur and Sung Bin Jo will battle UFC Fight Night 152. Teymur (6-3) is the lower of the two Temyur brothers as he has struggled en route to a very bad 0-3 record in the UFC which includes back-end submission losses to Julio Arce and Chris Fishgold. There’s no doubt he will be battling for his UFC job in this bout. Jo (9-0) is making his UFC debut after moving unbeaten with nine straight finishes on the South Korean regional arena. One knock against Jo is he has only fought twice since 2017, but his record is quite impressive. I wouldn’t be surprised if Teymur managed to get his first UFC win, but according to Jo’s masterful record about the regional scene he must probably be preferred here.
Stevie Ray vs. Leonardo Santos, UFC Fight Night 152
An intriguing lightweight connection between Stevie Ray and Leonardo Santos is also place for UFC Fight Night 152. Ray (22-8) is 6-3 at the UFC and is coming off of a decision win over Jessin Ayari that snapped a two-fight losing skid. There were plenty of high hopes surrounding the Scot when he originally arrived at the UFC, but overall he has been unsatisfactory within the Octagon and that he hasn’t completed a fight since 2015. Santos (16-3-1) won TUF Brazil and overall has an extremely impressive 5-0-1 record within the Octagon that includes a KO win over Kevin Lee. But, Santos is now 39-years-old and has not fought since late 2016, when he won a decision over Adriano Martins. He hasn’t lost a fight since 2009 and is riding a 11-fight unbeaten streak, but the three-year layoff is clearly not a good sign heading into this particular bout. Nevertheless, I believe you have to favor Santos just because of how great his record has been over the last decade against an inconsistent competition in the form of Ray.
Tonya Evinger vs. Lina Lansberg, UFC Fight Night 152
Also added to UFC Fight Night 152 is a women’s bantamweight bout between Tonya Evinger and Lina Lansberg. Evinger (19-7, 1 NC) is 0-2 at the UFC with back-to-back knockout losses to Cris Cyborg and Aspen Ladd. The prior Invcita champ has been very disappointing in the UFC thus much but has fought really hard competition, which should be a more winnable struggle for her. Lansberg (8-4) is 2-3 in the UFC and is coming off of a decision loss to Yana Kunitskaya. She has shown toughness from the Octagon, but that is about it. Both are elderly fighters to the branch but awarded Evinger’s experience I expect her to be a small favorite here.
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