|Born||19 September 1989|
|Other names||No Time|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 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 |
|Years active||2010–present (MMA)|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Volkan Oezdemir (born 19 September 1989) is a Swiss 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 14, 2020, he is #8 in the UFC light heavyweight rankings.
Oezdemir was born in the French-speaking part of Switzerland. His father from Turkey was ethnically Kurdish, while his mother is a Swiss. 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 career
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 25 October 2013, against Josh Lanier. He won via first-round TKO.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Oezdemir was signed by the UFC in 2017, and made his promotional debut as a short notice injury replacement against Ovince St. Preux on 4 February 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 29 July 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 12 May 2018 at UFC Fight Night 129. However it was reported on 13 April 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 22 July 2018 at UFC Fight Night 134. On 2 July 2018, it was reported that the Oezdemir would face Alexander Gustafsson instead on 4 August 2018 at UFC 227. However, on 19 July 2018 it was reported that Oezdemir was removed from the bout due to a broken nose.
Oezdemir was expected to face Ilir Latifi on 1 June 2019 at UFC Fight Night 153. On May 30, 2019 it was reported that Latifi was forced to pull out of the event due to back injury and the bout was cancelled. The pair was rebooked at UFC on ESPN 5 on August 3, 2019. In turn, due to Oezemir visa issues to enter United States, the bout was moved to UFC on ESPN+ 14. He won the fight via knockout in the second round. This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.
In April 2020, Oezdemir revealed that he had renewed his contract with the UFC.
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 incident
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts
- 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 record
|Professional record breakdown|
|22 matches||17 wins||5 losses|
|Loss||17–5||Jiří Procházka||KO (punch)||UFC 251||12 July 2020||2||0:49||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates|
|Win||17–4||Aleksandar Rakić||Decision (split)||UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. Korean Zombie||21 December 2019||3||5:00||Busan, South Korea|
|Win||16–4||Ilir Latifi||KO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Shevchenko vs. Carmouche 2||10 August 2019||2||4:31||Montevideo, Uruguay||Performance of the Night.|
|Loss||15–4||Dominick Reyes||Decision (split)||UFC Fight Night: Till vs. Masvidal||16 March 2019||3||5:00||London, England|
|Loss||15–3||Anthony Smith||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC Fight Night: Volkan vs. Smith||27 October 2018||3||4:26||Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada|
|Loss||15–2||Daniel Cormier||TKO (punches)||UFC 220||20 January 2018||2||2:00||Boston, Massachusetts, United States||For the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||15–1||Jimi Manuwa||KO (punches)||UFC 214||29 July 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||28 May 2017||1||0:28||Stockholm, Sweden|
|Win||13–1||Ovince Saint Preux||Decision (split)||UFC Fight Night: Bermudez vs. Korean Zombie||4 February 2017||3||5:00||Houston, Texas, United States||Return to Light Heavyweight.|
|Win||12–1||Alihan Vahaev||Decision (unanimous)||WFCA 17: Grand Prix Akhmat||9 April 2016||3||5:00||Grozny, Russia||WFCA Heavyweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal.|
|Win||11–1||Paco Estevez||TKO (punches)||SHC 10: Carvalho vs. Belo||20 September 2014||1||N/A||Geneva, Switzerland||Heavyweight bout.|
|Loss||10–1||Kelly Anundson||Submission (neck crank)||Bellator 115||4 April 2014||2||3:19||Reno, Nevada, United States|
|Win||10–0||Josh Lanier||TKO (punches and elbows)||Bellator 105||25 October 2013||1||3:13||Rio Rancho, New Mexico, United States|
|Win||9–0||David Round||TKO (punches)||WKN Valhalla: Battle of the Vikings||9 March 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||9 March 2013||1||0:45||Aarhus, Denmark|
|Win||7–0||Benyaich Mohamed||TKO (punches)||WKN Valhalla: Battle of the Vikings||9 March 2013||1||0:15||Aarhus, Denmark|
|Win||6–0||Mohamed Amidi||TKO (punches)||SHC 6: Belo vs. Rodriguez||6 October 2012||1||1:59||Geneva, Switzerland||Heavyweight bout.|
|Win||5–0||Bruno Farias Grancheux||TKO (punches)||Lions Fighting Championship 4||15 September 2012||1||1:54||Itabuna, Brazil|
|Win||4–0||Ronilson Santos||TKO (retirement)||Lions Fighting Championship 3||12 May 2012||1||2:12||Itabuna, Brazil|
|Win||3–0||Mamadou Cisse||Submission (kimura)||100% Fight 10: Supreme League Block C||7 April 2012||1||3:43||Paris, France|
|Win||2–0||Boubacar Baldé||Decision (unanimous)||Lions Fighting Championship||15 October 2011||3||5:00||Neuchatel, Switzerland|
|Win||1–0||Martin Vath||TKO (punches)||Shooto: Switzerland 7||4 September 2010||1||0:56||Zurich, Switzerland|
Kickboxing record (Incomplete)
|Kickboxing record (Incomplete)|
5 wins, 0 losses
Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest Notes
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