Gustafsson vs Smith UFC Fight 153 Stream Live Watch Free: Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is bringing a bevy of “Prelims” fights to ESPN 2 this weekend (Sat., June 1, 2019) when UFC Fight Night 153: “Gustafsson vs. Smith” storms Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden. MMAmania.com’s Patrick Stumberg continues the UFC Fight Night 153 “Prelims” party with the second (and final) installment of a two-part undercard preview series below.
Gustafsson vs Smith
UFC Fight Night – Stockholm 2019
Place: Ericsson Globe – Stockholm, Sweden
Time: 10:00am ET
Gustafsson vs Smith Live Stream
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight contenders take center stage inside Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden, this Saturday (June 1, 2019) when the world’s leading mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion returns for its latest show on ESPN+. In the main event, Alexander Gustafsson and Anthony Smith look to put their recent losses to Jon Jones behind them at one another’s expense, while local slugger Ilir Latifi faces Volkan Oezdemir and Jimi Mauwa attempts to derail the surging Aleksandar Rakic.
170 lbs.: Sergey Khandozhko vs. Rostem Akman
Sergey Khandozhko (25-5-1) alternated losses and wins from June 2016 through the end of 2017, including a five-second head kick knockout of Mauricio Machado and a submission loss to UFC veteran Benny Alloway. “Honda” has since gone undefeated (2-0), picking up a pair of second-round stoppages and finishing his most recent opponent with a spinning back kick.
Ten of his 17 stoppage victories have come by submission.
Sweden’s Rostem Akman (5-0) had more than one dozen amateur bouts before making his professional debut in 2017, losing just twice in the unpaid ranks. His professional career has seen him stop all five of his pro opponents, four via (technical) knockout and one by heel hook.
“Kurdimus Prime” steps in for Bartosz Fabinski on less than one week’s notice.
Khandozhko dodged a bullet when Fabinski pulled out. “Honda” struggles with relentless grapplers and Fabinski is nothing if not ludicrously aggressive with his takedowns. I honestly can’t say how much easier a time he’ll have with Akman, though; his professional fights are hidden behind a paywall on FITE.tv. And as much as I enjoy my work, I’m not spending $30 to watch three of his fights for analysis.
Khandozhko has significantly more experience as a professional, has faced far better competition, and has the power to crack Akman’s chin. The Swede’s three-week turnaround comes back to bite him as Khandozhko wears him out with body kicks and the occasional takedown before finishing him late.
Prediction: Khandozhko via second-round technical knockout
Gustafsson vs Smith : UFC Fight Night 153
UFC Fight Night 153 has got some fun knockout artists and leaves your evening open, which sounds like a recipe for a nice little fight night. See you Saturday, Maniacs!
Remember that MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 153 fight card this weekend, starting with the ESPN 2 “Prelims” that are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. ET, then the main card portion that will stream on ESPN+ (7-day free trial here) at 1 p.m. ET.
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