UFC light heavyweight contender Volkan Oezdemir arrested on battery charge in Florida (Updated)
UFC light heavyweight contender Volkan Oezdemir may have a hurdle to cross that doesn’t deal with getting a title shot.
Oezdemir was arrested Saturday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and charged with aggravated battery causing bodily harm or disability. According to his arrest record, he was being held in the Broward County jail pending a bond hearing Sunday morning.
By mid-morning, his arrest record was updated to reflect he was being held on $10,000 bond, and later to reflect his release on bond was pending.
The state of Florida’s statute for Oezdemir’s charge says a person commits aggravated battery if he “intentionally or knowingly causes great bodily harm, permanent disability, or permanent disfigurement.”
No other details of the case were made available, and a full arrest report was not yet searchable in the Broward County Sheriff’s department’s database.
Oezdemir (15-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC), a 28-year-old Switzerland native, has been training in South Florida with Combat Club, a team that formed in the wake of the general dissolution of the Blackzilians.
Oezdemir came to the UFC earlier this year and took a short-notice fight against Ovince Saint Preux at UFC Fight Night 104 in Houston. There, he upset the favored “OSP with a split decision.
But since then, his climb into title contention has been much more definitive. At UFC Fight Night 109 in Sweden, he took out Misha Cirkunov with a 28-second knockout. And at UFC 214 in July, he needed just 42 seconds to starch Jimi Manuwa with a bonus-winning knockout, giving him five straight wins.
Earlier this month, light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier told MMAjunkie that he and Oezdemir were close to finalizing a title fight. At the time, Cormier said the title bout likely would happen at the beginning of 2018.
On Saturday night, Cormier posted on his Instagram account that he was “so excited to do this again. Boys we ready!!”
Cormier’s longtime friend and American Kickboxing Academy teammate Luke Rockhold has been training at Combat Club, as well, with striking coach Henri Hooft. Because of that, Oezdemir tried to troll Cormier on social media by implying he was getting the inside scoop on the champion. But it didn’t necessarily go his way.
The UFC has not yet commented on Oezdemir’s arrest. Stay tuned to MMAjunkie for more on this story when it becomes available.
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