UFC light heavyweight contender Volkan Oezdemir was arrested on Saturday, November 18, in Florida and charged with aggravated battery.
Volkan Oezdemir’s manager, Frederic Englund, has issued a statement regarding the incident, Via MMAjunkie:
Shortly after Volkan’s arrest, UFC released a statement on the incident.
“Volkan Oezdemir appeared in a Ft. Lauderdale, Florida courtroom Sunday morning in response to allegations from an incident in a Ft. Lauderdale bar on August 12, 2017. Mr. Oezdemir was accompanied by his attorney Bruce A. Zimet. Following a brief hearing (before) a Broward County Circuit judge, Mr. Oezdemir was granted a $10,000 bond during the pendency of his case. Mr. Zimet, a former federal prosecutor, described the incident that formed the basis of the case as nothing more than a bar room altercation in which Mr. Oezdemir, who was not the aggressor, was totally justified in all of his actions pursuant to Florida law. Mr. Oezdemir expressed his faith in the America judicial system and looks forward to all of the facts involved in the August 12, 2017 incident being made public. Mr. Oezdemir has full confidence that when the full picture is presented that he will be totally vindicated.”
Volkan Oezdemir was part of a potential title fight with current UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier (DC) at UFC 220 this January in Boston.
After Oezdemir’s arrest, time will tell if this fight has any future.
Oezdemir has won all three of his fights inside the Cage, which took place this year, including two quick knockout KO victories over Jimi Manuwa and Misha Cirkunov.