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Volkan Oezdemir (born September 19, 1989) is a Swiss professional mixed martial artist and former kickboxer currently competing in the Light heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional competitor since 2010, Oezdemir formerly competed for Bellator. As a kickboxer, he competed for Superkombat Fighting Championship in their heavyweight division. He is currently #2 in the UFC's light heavyweight rankings.

Volkan Oezdemir
Born (1989-09-19) September 19, 1989 (age 28)
Fribourg, Switzerland
Other names No Time, The Boop
Nationality Swiss
Ethnicity Turkish / Swiss
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 206.0 lb (93 kg; 14 st 10 lb)
Division Light heavyweight (2010-2014, 2017-present)
Heavyweight (2012, 2014-2016)
Reach 75 in (191 cm)
Fighting out of Fribourg, Switzerland
Team Combat Club
Kickboxing record
Total 5
Wins 5
Losses 0
Mixed martial arts record
Total 16
Wins 15
By knockout 11
By submission 1
By decision 3
Losses 1
By submission 1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Contents

BackgroundEdit

Oezdemir was born in the French-speaking part of Switzerland to a Turkish 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.[1]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

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

Bellator MMAEdit

Oezdemir made his promotional debut at Bellator 105 on October 25, 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 April 4, 2014. He lost via neck crank submission in the second round.

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Oezdemir was signed by the UFC in 2017, and made his promotional debut as a short notice injury replacement against Ovince St. Preux on February 4, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 104.[2]Oezdemir defeated St. Preux by split decision in the third fight of the main card.[3]

In his second fight for the promotion, Oezdemir faced Misha Cirkunov on May 28, 2017, at UFC Fight Night 109.[4] He won the fight via knockout just 28 seconds into the first round.[5]

Oezdemir next faced third ranked Jimi Manuwa on July 29, 2017, at UFC 214.[6] He won the fight via knockout in the fight's opening minute and subsequently won a Performance of the Night bonus.[7][8]

Kickboxing careerEdit

Oezdemir also holds a record of 5-0 in professional kickboxing. He made his debut in SUPERKOMBAT, the largest kickboxing organization in Europe, in 2014.[9]

Personal lifeEdit

ArrestEdit

On November 19, 2017 Volkan was arrested and charged with aggravated battery. His bail was reportedly set at $10,000.[10]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial artsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 15–1 Jimi Manuwa KO (punches) UFC 214 July 29, 2017 1 0:42 Anaheim, California, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 14–1 Misha Cirkunov KO (punch) UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs. Teixeira May 28, 2017 1 0:28 Stockholm, Sweden
Win 13–1 Ovince Saint Preux Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Bermudez vs. Korean Zombie February 4, 2017 3 5:00 Houston, Texas, United States Return to Light heavyweight.
Win 12–1 Alihan Vahaev Decision (unanimous) WFCA 17: Grand Prix Akhmat April 9, 2016 3 5:00 Grozny, Chechnya, Russia
Win 11–1 Paco Estevez TKO (punches) SHC 10: Carvalho vs. Belo September 20, 2014 1 N/A Geneva, Switzerland Return to Heavyweight.
Loss 10–1 Kelly Anundson Submission (neck crank) Bellator 115 April 4, 2014 2 3:19 Reno, Nevada, United States
Win 10–0 Josh Lanier TKO (punches and elbows) Bellator 105 October 25, 2013 1 3:13 Rio Rancho, New Mexico, United States
Win 9–0 David Round TKO (punches) WKN Valhalla: Battle of the Vikings March 9, 2013 1 N/A Aarhus, Denmark Won the WKN Valhalla: Battle of the Vikings Tournament.
Win 8–0 Angelier Benjamin KO (punches) WKN Valhalla: Battle of the Vikings March 9, 2013 1 0:45 Aarhus, Denmark
Win 7–0 Benyaich Mohamed TKO (punches) WKN Valhalla: Battle of the Vikings March 9, 2013 1 0:15 Aarhus, Denmark Return to Light heavyweight.
Win 6–0 Mohamed Amidi TKO (punches) SHC 6: Belo vs. Rodriguez October 6, 2012 1 1:59 Geneva, Switzerland Heavyweight debut.
Win 5–0 Bruno Farias Grancheux TKO (punches) Lions Fighting Championship 4 September 15, 2012 1 1:54 Itabuna, Brazil
Win 4–0 Ronilson Santos TKO (retirement) Lions Fighting Championship 3 May 12, 2012 1 2:12 Itabuna, Brazil
Win 3–0 Mamadou Cisse Submission (kimura) 100% Fight 10: Supreme League Block C April 7, 2012 1 3:43 Paris, France
Win 2–0 Boubacar Baldé Decision (unanimous) Lions Fighting Championship October 15, 2011 3 5:00 Neuchatel, Switzerland
Win 1–0 Martin Vath TKO (punches) Shooto: Switzerland 7 September 4, 2010 1 0:56 Zurich, Switzerland Professional debut.

Kickboxing record (Incomplete)Edit

Volkan Oezdemir kickboxing record

Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes


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