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Volkan Oezdemir vs. Ilir Latifi moved to UFC Uruguay

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Volkan Oezdemir once challenged for the UFC light heavyweight championship.
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A light heavyweight showdown between Volkan Oezdemir and Ilir Latifi has a new date and location — again.

Originally booked for UFC Stockholm in June, but then scrapped due to Latifi’s back injury at the eleventh hour, Oezdemir-Latifi was then re-booked for UFC Newark on Aug. 3. Now, the 205-pounders will collide a week later at Montevideo’s UFC Uruguay, on Aug. 10.

The promotion announced the change on Tuesday. ESPN first reported the news.

Oezdemir (15-4) hasn’t won a fight in two years, when his incredible rise was stopped by then-champion Daniel Cormier. “No Time”, who lost via submission to Anthony Smith and a close decision to Dominick Reyes in his following bouts, holds a 3-3 record in the Octagon.

Latifi (14-6, 1 no-contest) last fought in December, when Corey Anderson snapped his two-fight winning streak at UFC 232. “The Sledgehammer” won seven of his 11 UFC appearances.

UFC Uruguay will take place at the Antel Arena in Montevideo, Uruguay, and features Valentina Shevchenko defending the UFC flyweight championship in a rematch with Liz Carmouche.