CategoryVolkan Oezdemir

Volkan Oezdemir (born September 19, 1989) is a Swiss professional mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter and former kickboxer currently competing in the Light heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Oezdemir has been a pro since 2010, and formerly competed for Bellator MMA. As a kickboxer, he competed for Superkombat Fighting Championship in their heavyweight division.

UFC light heavyweight contender, Volkan Oezdemir.

Top ranked UFC heavyweight Alistair Overeem introduced Volkan Oezdemir to the sport while training together.

“I was visiting the Netherlands after I spent three months in Thailand to train for fun and to visit. And I started training at Golden Glory gym, where I met Alistair Overeem” he told

“He started helping me a lot and we became close. He took me everywhere for training while he was getting ready for his NYE fight. Then he asked me why I don’t fight (I never thought of it) and that I should come back and he’ll arrange an amateur fight for me. I came back did a full training camp with him while he was preparing for Remy Bonjasky until my fight. I won by KO and I loved it and that’s how it started.”

Oezdemir recently made headlines for his felony assault of a man in Florida. He’s still officially set to face UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier at UFC 220.

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