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Who won Oezdemir vs Rakić?
Volkan Oezdemir beat Aleksandar Rakic by split decision in their 3 round contest, during the co-main event of UFC on ESPN+ 23, on Saturday 21st December 2019 at Sajik Arena in Busan.
The scorecards were announced as in favor of winner Volkan Oezdemir.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 3 rounds in the Light Heavyweight division, which meant the weight limit was 205 pounds (14.6 stone or 93 KG).
Oezdemir vs Rakić stats
Volkan Oezdemir stepped into the ring with a record of 16 wins, 4 loses and 0 draws, 12 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 1 by submission.
Aleksandar Rakic made his way to the ring with a record of 12 wins, 1 loss and 0 draws, with 9 of those wins by knock out and 1 by submission.
The stats suggested that Oezdemir and Rakic have similar power, both with a 75% knock out percentage.
Volkan Oezdemir was the older man by 2 years, at 31 years old.
Rakic had a height advantage of 2 inches over Oezdemir. That also extended to a 3-inch reach advantage.
Oezdemir was the more experienced professional fighter, having had 7 more fights, and made his debut in 2010, 1 year and 1 month earlier than Rakic, whose first professional fight was in 2011. He had fought 9 more professional rounds, 38 to Rakic's 29.
Oezdemir vs Rakić form
Volkan Oezdemir had stopped 2 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight before this contest, he had defeated Ilir Latifi at UFC on ESPN+ 14 on 10th August 2019 by knockout in the 2nd round at Antel Arena, Montevideo, Uruguay.
Previous to that, he had been beaten by Dominick Reyes at UFC on ESPN+ 5 on 16th March 2019 by split decision in their 3 round contest at 02 Arena, London, United Kingdom.
Going into that contest, he had lost to Anthony Smith at UFC Fight Night 138 on 27th October 2018 by split decision in the 3rd round at Moncton Events Centre, Moncton, Canada.
Before that, he had been beaten by Daniel Cormier at UFC 220 on 20th January 2018 by knockout in the 2nd round in their UFC Light Heavyweight championship fight at TD Garden, Boston, United States.
He had defeated Jimi Manuwa at UFC 214 on 29th July 2017 by knockout in the 1st round at Honda Center, Anaheim.
Oezdemir's last 5 fights had come over a period of 4 years, 1 month and 19 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 9 months and 29 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 11 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.2 rounds on average.