The Octagon returns to Sweden for UFC Fight Night 152, taking place June 1 at Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden. Several new bouts have been added to the card, and they are listed below.
Christos Giagos vs. Damir Hadzovic, Fight Night 152
Lightweights Christos Giagos and Damir Hadzovic are set to clash at UFC Fight Night 152. MMANytt.com broke the news. Giagos (16-7) is 2-3 in the UFC over two stints in the promotion and is coming off of a decision win over Mizuto Hirota. Hadzovic (13-4) is 3-2 in the UFC and is coming off of a KO win over Marco Polo Reyes with a decision win over Nick Hein before that. Both guys are middle-of-the-pack lightweights, but Hadzovic seems a big more polished and should be favored here.
Daniel Teymur vs. Sung Bin Jo, UFC Fight Night 152
Featherweights Daniel Teymur and Sung Bin Jo will clash at UFC Fight Night 152. Teymur (6-3) is the lesser of the two Temyur brothers as he’s struggled en route to a very poor 0-3 record in the UFC that includes back-to-back submission losses to Julio Arce and Chris Fishgold. There’s no doubt that he will be fighting for his UFC job in this bout. Jo (9-0) is making his UFC debut after going unbeaten with nine straight finishes on the South Korean regional scene. One knock against Jo is that he has only fought twice since 2017, but his record is very impressive. I wouldn’t be surprised if Teymur was able to get his first UFC win, but based on Jo’s masterful record on the regional scene he should probably be favored here.
Stevie Ray vs. Leonardo Santos, UFC Fight Night 152
An intriguing lightweight bout between Stevie Ray and Leonardo Santos is also set for UFC Fight Night 152. Ray (22-8) is 6-3 in the UFC and is coming off of a decision win over Jessin Ayari that snapped a two-fight losing skid. There were plenty of high hopes surrounding the Scot when he initially came to the UFC, but overall he’s been disappointing inside the Octagon and he hasn’t finished a fight since 2015. Santos (16-3-1) won TUF Brazil and overall has a very impressive 5-0-1 record inside the Octagon that includes a KO win over Kevin Lee. However, Santos is now 39-years-old and hasn’t fought since late 2016, when he won a decision over Adriano Martins. He technically hasn’t lost a fight since 2009 and is riding an 11-fight unbeaten streak, but the three-year layoff is obviously not a good sign heading into this bout. Still, I think you have to favor Santos just because of how good his record has been over the last decade against an inconsistent opponent in the form of Ray.
Tonya Evinger vs. Lina Lansberg, UFC Fight Night 152
Also added to UFC Fight Night 152 is a women’s bantamweight bout between Tonya Evinger and Lina Lansberg. Evinger (19-7, 1 NC) is 0-2 in the UFC with back-to-back knockout losses to Cris Cyborg and Aspen Ladd. The former Invcita champ has been very disappointing in the UFC thus far but has fought really tough competition and this should be a more winnable fight for her. Lansberg (8-4) is 2-3 in the UFC and is coming off of a decision loss to Yana Kunitskaya. She has shown toughness in the Octagon, but that’s about it. Both are older fighters for the division but given Evinger’s experience I expect her to be a small favorite here.