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Volkan Oezdemir vs. Ilir Latifi, Tonya Evinger vs. Lina Lansberg announced for UFC Stockholm

Volkaen Oezdemir (pictured) will fight Ilir Latifi in a light heavyweight bout at UFC Stockholm on June 1
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A pair of light heavyweight contenders are set to face off in Sweden in a fight to keep their title hopes alive.

The UFC announced Wednesday that Volkan Oezdemir (15-4) will meet Ilir Latifi (14-6) in a light heavyweight bout at UFC Stockholm on June 1. ESPN was first to report the matchup.

A bantamweight bout between former Invicta champion and one-time UFC featherweight title challenger Tonya Evinger (19-8, 1 NC) and Sweden’s Lina Lansberg (8-4) was also announced.

Oezdemir has experienced a sharp reversal of fortunes since winning his first three fights in the UFC, two via KO in under 45 seconds. His impressive start earned him a shot at then-UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier at UFC 220, but he lost that bout by second-round TKO. He was then submitted by Anthony Smith and most recently lost a narrow split decision to Dominick Reyes in March.

Latifi, who hails from Malmo, Sweden, is also coming off of a loss. He fought Corey Anderson at UFC 232 in December and ended up on the wrong end of a unanimous decision. Prior to that, Latifi had won five of six fights.

Coming off of two straight TKO losses to Aspen Ladd and Cris Cyborg, Evinger is hunting for her first UFC win. Before signing with the promotion, Evinger was on a 10-fight win streak (excluding one no contest) and she successfully defended the Invicta FC bantamweight title two times.

Lansberg has alternated wins and losses since making her UFC debut in a losing effort against Cyborg in September 2016. She has wins over Gina Mazany and Lucie Pudilova, and losses to Ladd and Yana Kunitskaya.

UFC Stockholm takes place at Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden, on June 1 and is expected to be headlined by a light heavyweight bout between Alexander Gustafsson and Smith. The main card will air on the ESPN+ streaming service.

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