Oezdemir was born in the French-speaking part of Switzerland to a Kurdish father 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.
Mixed martial arts career
Oezdemir made his professional MMA debut in 2010, and compiled a record of 9-0 before being signed by Bellator.
Oezdemir made his promotional debut at Bellator 105 on 25 October 2013, against Josh Lanier. He won via first-round TKO.
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. Oezdemir defeated St. Preux by split decision in the third fight of the main card.
Oezdemir next faced third ranked Jimi Manuwa on 29 July 2017, at UFC 214. He won the fight via knockout in the fight’s opening minute and subsequently won a Performance of the Night bonus.
Oezdemir was expected to face Maurício Rua on 12 May 2018 at UFC Fight Night 129. 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.The pairing was left intact and rescheduled for 22 July 2018 at UFC Fight Night 134. On 2 July 2018, it was reported that the Oezdemir would face Alexander Gustafsson instead on 4 August 2018 at UFC 227. However, on 19 July 2018 it was reported that Oezdemir was removed from the bout due to a broken nose.
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