UFC Fight Night Has a New Heavyweight Match-Up: Tanner Boser vs Ilir Latifi

Published 03/12/2021, 7:35 AM EST


The UFC has added a heavyweight bout between Tanner Boser and Ilir Latifi to their Fight Night card on June 5. The two contenders will look to get back to the win column as both are currently on a losing skid. The Canadian, Boser, is coming off a loss against former UFC heavyweight champion, Andrei Arlovski, in his last fight in November.

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The Swede Latifi is on a 3-fight skid as he has lost his last 3 bouts against Corey Anderson, Volkan Oezdemir, and Derrick Lewis respectively. Latifi moved up to the heavyweight division at UFC 247 and lost a decision against ‘The Black Beast. He will look to rejuvenate his UFC career with a win over Boser.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JUNE 27: (R-L) Tanner Boser punches Philipe Lins of Brazil in their heavyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on June 27, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Boser is only 29 and has won 3 out of his 5 fights in the UFC. Ciryl Gane has been the only other fighter, apart from Arlovski, to defeat him in the promotion.

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The 37-year-old- Swede, Latifi, has fought a massive 13 times in the UFC and has racked up a 7-6 record. However, ‘The Sledgehammer’ hasn’t built upon the impressive start to his UFC career. Hence, against Boser, he will have his hands full and will need to be at his best to register his first win in four fights.

Tanner Boser vs Ilir Latifi: What’s on stakes?

‘The Bulldozer’, Boser, is looking to move up to the higher echelon of the UFC heavyweight division. He has started his venture in the organization fairly well. However, the Canadian will be determined to overturn his result against Arlovski. Boser is a knockout artist with 10 T/KO finishes under his belt so far.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 26: (R-L) Tanner Boser of Canada punches Raphael Pessoa of Brazil in their heavyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 26, 2020 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

He is a former two-time Unified MMA heavyweight champion and has also competed in promotions like the M-1 challenge and ACB. However, despite having more professional fights than ‘The Sledgehammer’, his experience in the UFC doesn’t quite match up to that of Latifi’s.

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Latifi on the other hand will fight to save his UFC career. At 37, he doesn’t have a lot left on the clock and yet another defeat could result in him being let go by the organization.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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