MMAJunkieUFC light heavyweight contender Volkan Oezdemir may have a hurdle to cross that doesn’t deal with getting a title shot. Oezdemir was arrested Saturday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and charged with aggravated battery causing bodily harm or disability. According to his arrest record, he was being held in the Broward County jail pending a bond hearing Sunday morning. By mid-morning, his arrest record was updated to reflect he was being held on $10,000 bond, and later to reflect his release on bond was pending. The state of Florida’s statute for Oezdemir’s charge says a person commits aggravated battery if he “intentionally or knowingly causes great bodily harm, permanent disability, or permanent disfigurement.” No other details of the case were made available, and a full arrest report was not yet searchable in the Broward County Sheriff’s department’s database. Oezdemir (15-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC), a 28-year-old Switzerland native, has been training in South Florida with Combat Club, a team that formed in the wake of the general dissolution of the Blackzilians.
Volkan Oezdemir has been an unstoppable force since debut in February, winning three straight fights (two by knockout), and earning a title shot. Unfortunately, Volkan Oezdemir was not able to keep his fighting contained in the octagon, as he was arrested this weekend on aggravated battery charges in Florida. There have been rumblings that Volkan Oezdemir was going to get a shot at the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship against Daniel Cormier in early 2018, but this arrest may cost him his title shot, and that fight may now go to Alexander Gustafsson.