The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to Sweden with UFC Fight Night 153 held at Ericsson Globe in Stockholm on June 2 (AEDT). MMA event on ESPN+ features 13 bouts with a pair of light heavyweights, Alexander Gustafsson and Anthony Smith battling it out in the headliner of the show.
The main card also includes two other light heavyweight matchups with Volkan Oezdemir taking on Ilir Latifi, and Jimi Manuwa facing off Aleksandar Rakic. As well, Makwan Amirkhani squares off against Chris Fishgold at featherweight, and Damir Hadzovic meets Christos Giagos at lightweight. In addition, Daniel Teymur and Sung Bin Jo do battle at featherweight.
According to reports a welterweight matchup between Rostem Akman (6-0) and Sergey Khandozhko (26-5-1) has been slotted for the preliminary card, completing the 13-fight bill. Akman is expected to make his UFC debut going up against Khandozhko on a short notice, as a replacement opponent for Bartosz Fabinski. The latter withdrew from the bout earlier this month due to injury. The promotion is yet to formally announce the contest.
In summary, UFC Stockholm features the six-fight main card, which follows the preliminary card comprising seven bouts. The lineup can be found below.
UFC Fight Night 153
Light Heavyweight Alexander Gustafsson vs. Anthony Smith
Light Heavyweight Volkan Oezdemir vs. Ilir Latifi
Light Heavyweight Jimi Manuwa vs. Aleksandar Rakic
Featherweight Makwan Amirkhani vs. Chris Fishgold
Lightweight Damir Hadzovic vs. Christos Giagos
Featherweight Daniel Teymur vs. Sung Bin Jo
Welterweight Rostem Akman vs. Sergey Khandozhko
Women’s Bantamweight Tonya Evinger vs. Lina Lansberg
Lightweight Stevie Ray vs. Leonardo Santos
Lightweight Nick Hein vs. Frank Camacho
Women’s Bantamweight Bea Malecki vs. Eduarda Santana
Light Heavyweight Darko Stosic vs. Devin Clark
Lightweight Joel Alvarez vs. Danilo Belluardo