Volkan Özdemir (born September 19, 1989 in Fribourg) is a Swiss professional mixed martial artist and 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 #3 in the UFC's light heavyweight rankings.
September 19, 1989 |
|Other names||No Time|
|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-present)
|Reach||75 in (191 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Coconut Creek, Florida, United States|
Fight Move Academy
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
A native of Switzerland with a Swiss mother and Turkish father, the French-speaking Oezdemir 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 careerEdit
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 October 25, 2013, against Josh Lanier. He won via first-round TKO.
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.Oezdemir defeated St. Preux by split decision in the third fight of the main card.
Oezdemir next faced third ranked Jimi Manuwa on July 29, 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.
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
Kickboxing record (Incomplete)Edit
|Volkan Oezdemir kickboxing record|
5 wins, 0 losses
Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest Notes
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|16 matches||15 wins||1 loss|
|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|
|Win||12–1||Alihan Vahaev||Decision (unanimous)||WFCA 17: Grand Prix Akhmat||April 9, 2016||3||5:00||Grozny, Chechnya, Russia||Heavyweight bout.|
|Win||11–1||Paco Estevez||TKO (punches)||SHC 10: Carvalho vs. Belo||September 20, 2014||1||N/A||Geneva, Switzerland||Heavyweight bout.|
|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|
|Win||6–0||Mohamed Amidi||TKO (punches)||SHC 6: Belo vs. Rodriguez||October 6, 2012||1||1:59||Geneva, Switzerland||Heavyweight bout.|
|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|
- "Volkan Oezdemir - Official UFC® Profile". www.ufc.com. Retrieved 2017-07-30.
- "Interview mit Volkan Oezdemir - fightblog.ch". www.fightblog.ch. Retrieved 11 July 2017.
- "Volkan Oezdemir - Official UFC Profile". Ufc.com. Retrieved 2017-05-28.
- Staff (2017-01-21). "Ovince Saint Preux gets new opponent – UFC's first Switzerland native – for UFC Fight Night 104". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-01-21.
- "UFC Fight Night 104 results: Newcomer Volkan Oezdemir takes split from Ovince Saint Preux". 5 February 2017. Retrieved 20 April 2017.
- Staff (2017-03-13). "With new deal in tow, Misha Cirkunov meets Volkan Oezdemir at UFC Fight Night 109 in Stockholm". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-03-13.
- Ben Fowlkes (2017-05-28). "UFC Fight Night 109 results: Volkan Oezdemir stuns Misha Cirkunov with quick one-punch KO". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-05-28.
- Lance Pugmire (2017-05-31). "Jimi Manuwa to take on Volkan Oezdemir at UFC 214 in Anaheim". latimes.com. Retrieved 2017-05-31.
- "UFC 214 results: Volkan Oezdemir knocks out Jimi Manuwa to state case as title contender". MMAjunkie. 2017-07-30. Retrieved 2017-07-30.
- "UFC 214 bonuses: Jon Jones, Volkan Oezdemir earn $50K for knockout wins". MMAjunkie. 2017-07-30. Retrieved 2017-07-30.
- "Carl Emery proudly announces the first Superkombat in Geneva, Switzerland!". yamabushi.ch. Retrieved 5 August 2017.