Volkan Oezdemir and Nikita Krylov are receiving quick turnarounds following their wins at UFC London earlier this July.
The promotion announced on Friday that Oezdemir and Krylov are sharing the Octagon at UFC 280, the upcoming pay-per-view event scheduled for Oct. 22 at Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi. The light heavyweights were previously scheduled to fight at UFC Fight Island 6 nearly 2 yrs ago, but Oezdemir withdrew after suffering a knee injury.
Oezdemir returned to the win column with a unanimous decision against Paul Craig recently. VIRTUALLY NO TIME once was on a two-fight skid made up of a second-round KO loss to Ji Prochzka and a unanimous decision loss to Magomed Ankalaev at UFC 251 and UFC 267, respectively.
Krylov scored a 67-second KO of Alexander Gustafsson in his latest appearance and proceeded to require Oezdemir in his post-fight press conference.
I watch the fight Volkan Oezdemir [had] with Paul Craig, and Oezdemir be so smart in this fight, said Krylov (video supplied by MMA Junkie). And we should fight with Oezdemir maybe 2 yrs ago, but he have a problem with his leg, and we not fight, and I wish to fight with Oezdemir. I believe Abu Dhabi is the greatest location. Im prepared to fight in Abu Dhabi in October 2022.
The Miner alternated between wins and losses at the start of his second stint with the UFC before losing back-to-back fights contrary to the aforementioned Ankalaev and Craig.
UFC 280 is headlined by way of a lightweight championship fight between Charles Oliveira and Islam Makhachev.