Volkan Oezdemir
"No Time"
15 - 3 - 0
Switzerland
DOB:
19-9-1989
Age:
30 years
City/State:
Fribourg
Promotion:
Weight
205
Height
6'1
Wins
15
Losses
3
Draws
0
  • KO/TKO
    15/11
    73%
  • SUB
    15/1
    7%
  • DEC
    15/2
    13%

Background

Oezdemir was born in the French-speaking part of Switzerland to a Kurdish father[5][6][7][8] and a Swiss mother. He befriended Alistair Overeem on a visit to the Netherlands while training at the Golden Glory gym. Oezdemir later competed in amateur and professional kickboxing, as well as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, before transitioning to mixed martial arts.[9]

Mixed martial arts career

Early career

Oezdemir made his professional MMA debut in 2010, and compiled a record of 9-0 before being signed by Bellator.

Bellator MMA

Oezdemir made his promotional debut at Bellator 105 on 25 October 2013, against Josh Lanier. He won via first-round TKO.

Oezdemir then dropped down to the Light Heavyweight division to face Kelly Anundson at Bellator 115 on 4 April 2014. He lost via neck crank submission in the second round.

Ultimate Fighting Championship

Oezdemir was signed by the UFC in 2017, and made his promotional debut as a short notice injury replacement against Ovince St. Preux on 4 February 2017 at UFC Fight Night 104.[10] Oezdemir defeated St. Preux by split decision in the third fight of the main card.[11]

In his second fight for the promotion, Oezdemir faced Misha Cirkunov on 28 May 2017, at UFC Fight Night 109.[12] He won the fight via knockout just 28 seconds into the first round.[13]

Oezdemir next faced third ranked Jimi Manuwa on 29 July 2017, at UFC 214.[14] He won the fight via knockout in the fight’s opening minute and subsequently won a Performance of the Night bonus.[15][16]

Oezdemir faced Daniel Cormier on 20 January 2018 at UFC 220 for the Light Heavyweight Championship.[17] He lost the fight in the 2nd round by TKO.[18]

Oezdemir was expected to face Maurício Rua on 12 May 2018 at UFC Fight Night 129.[19] However it was reported on 13 April 2018 that Oezdemir was pulled from the event due to alleged visa issues restricting his travel to Chile.[20]The pairing was left intact and rescheduled for 22 July 2018 at UFC Fight Night 134.[21] On 2 July 2018, it was reported that the Oezdemir would face Alexander Gustafsson instead on 4 August 2018 at UFC 227.[22] However, on 19 July 2018 it was reported that Oezdemir was removed from the bout due to a broken nose.[23]

Oezdemir faced Anthony Smith on 27 October 2018 at UFC Fight Night 138.[24] He lost the fight via a rear-naked choke submission in the third round.[25]

Oezdemir is scheduled to face Dominick Reyes on 16 March 2019 at UFC on ESPN+ 5.[26]

Article source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volkan_Oezdemir

UFC Fight Record
MMA World Rankings
Light Heavyweight