Volkan Oezdemir (born September 19, 1989) is a Swiss of Turkish descent professional mixed martial artist and former kickboxing practitioner competing in the Light heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional competitor since 2010, Oezdemir formerly competed for Bellator. As a kickboxing practitioner, he competed for Superkombat Fighting Championship in their heavyweight division. As of July 26, 2018, he is #2 in the official UFC light heavyweight rankings.
September 19, 1989|
|Other names||No Time|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||205.0 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)|
Light heavyweight (2010-2014, 2017-present)|
Heavyweight (2012, 2014-2016)
|Reach||75 in (191 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Fribourg, Switzerland|
Combat Club |
Hard Knocks 365
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Oezdemir was born in the French-speaking part of Switzerland to a Kurdish 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.
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.
Oezdemir was expected to face Maurício Rua on May 12, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 129. However it was reported on April 13, 2018 that Oezdemir was pulled from the event due to alleged visa issues restricting his travel to Chile. The pairing was left intact and rescheduled for July 22, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 134. On July 2, 2018, it was reported that the Oezdemir would face Alexander Gustafsson instead on August 4, 2018 at UFC 227. However, on July 19, 2018 it was reported that Oezdemir was removed from the bout due to a broken nose.
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.
Aggravated battery incidentEdit
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
Mixed martial artsEdit
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- MMA Mania.com
- UFC/MMA 'Fighter of the Year' 2017 - Top 5 List #5
- World Kickboxing Network
- Valhalla: Battle of the Vikings Tournament Winner
- 2017 Breakthrough Fighter of the Year
- 2017 Breakout of the Year
- Bloody Elbow
- 2017 Newcomer of the Year
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|17 matches||15 wins||2 losses|
|Loss||15–2||Daniel Cormier||TKO (punches)||UFC 220||January 20, 2018||2||2:00||Boston, Massachusetts, United States||For the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship.|
|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, Russia||WFCA Heavyweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal.|
|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|
Kickboxing record (Incomplete)Edit
|Volkan Oezdemir kickboxing record|
5 wins, 0 losses
Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest Notes
- "Volkan "No Time" Oezdemir | Hard Knocks 365". Hard Knocks 365. Retrieved 2018-01-19.
- "Volkan Oezdemir Has No Time to Waste in Pursuit of UFC Glory". Sports. 2018-01-18. Retrieved 2018-01-19.
- "Fighter Rankings | UFC ®". UFC. Retrieved 2018-07-26.
- UFC 220 Embedded: Vlog Series - Episode 3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sk4_z2bP0EU
- RTS - Radio Télévision Suisse (18 February 2017). "26' (S2 - ém.21 - 6/6) - L'entretien de la rédaction: Volkan Oezdemir". Retrieved 8 December 2017 – via YouTube.
- "UFC 214'te Volkan Özdemir de dövüşecek". CNN Türk. Retrieved 8 December 2017.
- "Volkan Oezdemir interview: 'There was a time when I decided to give up everything'". 26 September 2017. Retrieved 8 December 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.
- Steven Marrocco (2017-11-29). "Daniel Cormier vs. Volkan Oezdemir title fight confirmed for UFC 220". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-11-29.
- "UFC 220 results: Daniel Cormier pounds out Volkan Oezdemir to retain 205-pound title". MMAjunkie. 2018-01-21. Retrieved 2018-01-21.
- "'Shogun' Rua vs. Volkan Oezdemir set for UFC Fight Night 129 in Chile". MMAjunkie. 2018-03-21. Retrieved 2018-03-22.
- "Volkan Oezdemir vs. 'Shogun' Rua pulled from UFC Chile". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2018-04-23.
- Staff (2018-04-23). "Volkan Oezdemir vs. 'Shogun' rebooked, now headlines UFC Fight Night 134 in Hamburg". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-04-23.
- "Volkan Oezdemir shifted to UFC 227 vs. Alexander Gustafsson; replacement needed for 'Shogun'". MMAjunkie. 2018-07-02. Retrieved 2018-07-03.
- "Sources: Oezdemir injured; Gustafsson bout off". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2018-07-19.
- Steve Marrocco (2018-08-02). "Volkan Oezdemir vs. Anthony Smith to headline UFC Fight Night 138 in Moncton". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-08-02.
- "Carl Emery proudly announces the first Superkombat in Geneva, Switzerland!". yamabushi.ch. Retrieved 5 August 2017.
- "UFC light heavyweight contender Volkan Oezdemir arrested on battery charge in Florida". Nov 2017.
- "Volkan Oezdemir gets charges dropped in felony battery case". | BJPenn.com. 2018-07-09. Retrieved 2018-07-10.
- "The 2017 'Fighter of the Year' Is ..." MMAmania.com. Retrieved 2017-12-25.
- Sherdog.com. "Sherdog.com's 2017 Breakthrough Fighter of the Year". Sherdog. Retrieved 2017-12-29.
- "MMAjunkie's '2017 Breakout Fighter of the Year': UFC newcomer wasted no time rising up". MMAjunkie. 2018-01-03. Retrieved 2018-01-04.
- "Bloody Elbow 2017 Year-End Awards - Results". Bloody Elbow. Retrieved 2018-01-17.