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Alp Ozkilic - UFC Fight Night 35

By Brett Auten | Knuckle Junkies

St. Louis' favorite slice of Turkish Delight is back in the UFC cage this afternoon.

Alp Ozkilic made a successful UFC debut over Darren Uyenoyama and returns to the thick of things in 32 days.

Ozkilic (9-1) will be going for his fifth straight win against Louis Smolka (6-0), a 22-year-old who is making his UFC debut. Smolka is a rangy, 125-pounder and is one of the tallest in the division at 5-foot-9. He has four submissions and 2 KO/TKOs. He won the PXC flyweight title last November when he defeated Ale Cali by TKO in the second round.

The fight is on the preliminary card for the Luke Rockhold-Costas Philippou middleweight main event and is scheduled to be the first bout aired on FOX Sports 1 (4 p.m. Central).

So, if you forgot to set the DVR, call home and have someone else do it or race over there at lunch,

If you are strapped to your desk, you have to fork over $9.99 so you can watch the fight live at UFC Fight Pass found at UFC.TV.

We're not suggesting you should suddenly become ill at work or tell your boss that your cat is sick, but if you are in the St. Charles area, head over to the Tilted Kilt for Ozkilic's official viewing party that begins at 3 p.m.

KJ's Debo caught up with Ozkilic in between fights, where he talked about both UFC bouts:

Check out the St. Charles MMA's flyweight UFC bio page, HERE

UFC Fight Night 35 weigh-in results:

Luke Rockhold (185) vs. Costas Philippou (185)
Lorenz Larkin (185) vs. Brad Tavares (185)
T.J. Dillashaw (135) vs. Mike Easton (135)
Yoel Romero (185) vs. Derek Brunson (185)
John Moraga (126) vs. Dustin Ortiz (124)
Cole Miller (145) vs. Sam Sicilia (145)
Ramsey Nijem (155) vs. Justin Edwards (155)
Isaac Vallie-Flagg (155) vs. Elias Silverio (155)
Trevor Smith (186) vs. Brian Houston (185)
Alptekin Ozkilic (125) vs. Louis Smolka (125)
Vinc Pichel (155) vs. Garett Whiteley (156)
Charlie Brenneman (155) vs. Beneil Dariush (156)