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Thursday, 12/26/2013, 09:08 am

Ozkilic to face newcomer Smolka at UFC Fight Night 35


After making his UFC debut earlier this month, flyweight Alp Ozkilic is wasting no time getting back into the octagon.

Ozkilic will take on Louis Smolka on Jan. 15 at UFC Fight Night 35. It will be Smolka’s organizational debut.

Held in Daluth, Ga., UFC Fight Night 35 is headlined by Luke Rockhold vs. Constantinos Philippou. The night’s main card will air on FOX Sports 1, with prelims (where Ozkilic/Smolka are expected to fight) streaming on the UFC’s soon-to-launch digital network.

In his UFC debut, Ozkilic, a former Turkish national wrestling champion, defeated Darren Uyenoyama by split decision to kick off the UFC on Fox preliminary card on Dec. 14.

Smolka (6-0), out of Hawaii, turned pro less than two years ago but has already earned six victories via stoppage, with four by submission and two via TKO. His past four fights took place under the Pacific Xtreme Combat organization.

Ozkilic, out of St. Charles MMA outside St. Louis, is 9-1 and has won four straight.

With the addition to the card, UFC Fight Night 35 now includes:

Luke Rockhold vs. Constantinos Philippou
Cole Miller vs. Sam Sicilia
T.J. Dillashaw vs. Mike Easton
Lorenz Larkin vs. Brad Tavares
Brian Houston vs. Trevor Smith
Beneil Dariush vs. Jason High
Justin Edwards vs. Ramsey Nijem
Derek Brunson vs. Yoel Romero
Vinc Pichel vs. Garett Whiteley
John Moraga vs. Dustin Ortiz
Elias Silverio vs. Isaac Vallie-Flagg
Alptekin Ozkilic vs. Louis Smolka

Info provided by: MMAJunkie.com

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