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Report: Visa issues force Volkan Oezdemir vs Ilir Latifi to move to UFC Uruguay

A Light Heavyweight showdown between Volkan Oezdemir and Ilir Latifi — which was scheduled to go down at the upcoming UFC on ESPN 5 event on Aug. 3, 2019, in Newark, N.J. — is getting a new location.

According to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, visa issues have forced Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) to move the fight to UFC Fight Night 156, which is set to go down one week later on Sat., Aug. 10, 2019, inside Antel Arena in Montevideo, Uruguay.

No word on which fighter had the problems with his visa.

This isn’t the first time a fight between Latifi and Oezdemir has hit a speed bump, as their initial fight — scheduled for UFC Fight Night 153 last month — was axed and moved to UFC on ESPN 5 after Latifi suffered a back injury.

UFC Fight Night 156 is set to feature a women’s Flyweight championship fight as division queen, Valentina Shevchenko, will face Liz Carmouche in the headlining act.

As far as UFC on ESPN 5 is concerned, that card will be headlined by an intriguing Welterweight match up between Colby Covington and Robbie Lawler, with Jim Miller and Clay Guida set to serve as co-headliner.

For more on both of those events click here and here.

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