Volkan Oezdemir is set to square off against Daniel Cormier for the light heavyweight title at UFC 220 on Jan 20, at TD Garden in Boston, but he is apparently scheduled to appear in Florida court for felony charges a week before his bout.
Oezdemir, 28, was arrested by Fort Lauderdale Police on November 19 and charged with aggravated battery a second-degree felony.
According to court records via MMA Fighting, that state moving forward with felony charges against Oezdemir in Broward County Seventeenth Judicial Circuit Court on Jan. 9 at 9 a.m. Volkan’s aggravated battery causing great bodily harm has been moved down to third-degree felony battery.
The alleged victim, Kevin Cohen, accusing Oezdemir of hitting and knocking him unconscious for 14 minutes outside a bar Aug. 12. Cohen was transported to a hospital for multiple injuries and concussion symptoms.
Cohen left the bar to check on another friend, Sergio Sandoval, who had also been allegedly knocked unconscious. Cohen claims that Oezdemir hit him after inquiring what happened to his friend.
Oezdemir’s attorney, Bruce A. Zimet, stated at a hearing that the fighter was not the aggressor in the incident and was justified in his actions. Switzerland native had to surrender his passport to the court temporarily. He pleaded not guilty Nov. 29.
However, the charge he’s facing carries a maximum sentence of five years in jail.