UFC Dublin Preview – Ilir Latifi vs. Chris Dempsey


With just days to go until UFC Dublin, we here at SevereMMA want to get you more familiar with some of the fighters on show with a series of profiles on each bout. From first prelim to the main event this card is full of quality mixed matrial artists with interesing careers. Next up is the light heavyweight bout between Chris Dempsey and Ilir Latifi.

Ilir Latifi

Nickname: The Sledgehammer
Twitter: @latifimma
Record: 8 wins, 3 losses, 1 no contest.
Age: 30
Height: 5’8”
Notable wins: Jorge Oliveira (October 2012), Cyrille Diabate (March 2014)
Notable losses: Gegard Mousasi (April 2013), Emmanual Newton (July 2011)
Facts and Stats: Trains in Sweden with Alexander Gustafsson, 6 of his 8 career wins have come inside the distance, never been submitted.
Strengths: Wrestling, power striking, build.
Weaknesses: Speed, striking technique, reach.
Keys to victory: Stop the takedown, get in and out with strikes, control the action against the fence.

Chris Dempsey

Twitter: @BigDemps2
Record: 10 wins, 1 loss.
Age: 26
Height: 5’11”
Notable wins: Christopher Wing (February 2013), Nick Kraus (May 2014)
Notable losses: Mojtaba Najim Wali (September 2012)
Facts and Stats: Former Gladiators of the cage middleweight and light heavyweight champion, over 100 wins as a collegiate wrestler, won his last 7 fights.
Strengths: Wresling, jiu-jitsu
Weaknesses: Striking, inexperience at the highest level, only had three weeks to prepare for the fight.
Keys to victory: Win the wrestling battle, get on top, use ground and pound.

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