In a light heavyweight matchup surging talent Reyes meets “No Time” Oezdemir. Reyes has benn impressive since his UFC debut getting dominant wins without much issue. His biggest test came in his last fight, in which he dominated Ovince Saint Preux on his way to a unanimous decision that should have been a knockout as Ovince was saved by the bell but clearly out on the ground. Volkan ascended the rankings in a similar way bludgeoning Jimmy Manuwa and Misha Cirkunov but was easily destroyed by Daniel Cormier in a fight for the title and then lost by submission against Anthony Smith after badly fading three rounds into the fight.
Reyes is competent wherever the fight goes but he is primarily a striker. Huge for the division, he is a talented and powerful southpaw. His footwork and fluidity might be just the best in the division. He boxes beautifully to set up his rear hand and knows how to use angles. He is also a good kicker and knows how to do damage in the pocket. Even though he has not faced great wrestlers yet his takedown defence seems to be very good, added to the fact that he is a very good athlete. He is no slouch on the ground neither, he even has two submissions to his name and can easily resort to his Jiu Jitsu to finish a hurt opponent if needed, although he primarily looks for the knockout.
Volkan Oezdemir is a striker and not a refined one. He is stupidly strong and powerful and specially dangerous in the first round, where he gets most of his victories. He will have a height and reach disadvantage here. He kicks extremelly hard too, but is basic there again. His cardio is not good and his grappling is horrible or at least that is what we can deduce by watching his fights until now. This is a first round knockout or bust for Volkan in my opinion, and that is a tall order here.
I expect Dominick Reyes to dominate this fight and put an end to Volkan´s night before the final bell. Would not surprise me if he stopped Volkan early but I think he will thoroughly outclass him on the feet on way to a late stoppage over a tired Oezdemir, maybe mixing some takedowns if needed. The pick here is Dominick Reyes to win, and fight not to go the distance.