After struggling back-to-back, Oezdemir (17-6 MMA, 5-5 UFC) opted to find his coaching camp from his native Switzerland to Sweden for Saturday’s bout with Paul Craig (16-4-1 MMA, 8-4-1 UFC) at The O2. He’s now a part of All-Stars Coaching Middle, which undefeated welterweight contender Chimaev makes use of as his dwelling base.
“It’s the place I’m residing now,” Oezdemir advised MMA Junkie. “It’s my full-time location and I’m able to be there. I totally moved in June. I did all my camp right here. I did a number of weeks back-and-forth earlier than that, however now it’s my full-time place.
“(Chimaev) was positively a part of the camp. Must work my takedown protection positively for Paul Craig. Clearly, Khamzat was a giant a part of it as nicely.”
Oezdemir started his UFC run on an absolute tear, however since unsuccessfully difficult then-champ Daniel Cormier for the sunshine heavyweight title in January 2018, the outcomes have been inconsistent. Oezdemir is 2-5 in his previous seven outs, albeit to a number of the high names out there within the division.
He’s not getting a lot of a step again in Craig, who’s at present driving a six-fight unbeaten streak. That’s precisely what Oezdemir prefers, although, as a result of he is aware of a win would catapult him a number of steps ahead.
“That’s what I would like,” Oezdemir stated. “My aim is to get the title and for this, I must smash everybody in entrance of me. I don’t have to decide on. I get the right take a look at and that’s how I get nearer to the belt.”
Oezdemir’s latest fights have primarily come in opposition to strikers. In Craig he will get an opponent who has the second-most submission wins in 205-pound historical past, and Oezdemir is aware of what he must do.
“He’s slightly bit sluggish,” Oezdemir stated. “He has dangerous protection. He will get hit rather a lot and he takes lots of punishment, however he by no means provides up. That’s the factor. He by no means provides up. He comes again late within the struggle.
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