Earlier today (Sun., Nov. 19, 2017), it was reported that top Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight contender Volkan Oezdemir was arrested Saturday night (Nov. 18, 2017) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and charged with aggravated battery.
Now, his manager Fredric Englund has issued a statement regarding the incident, revealing the arrest stems from a “bar room altercation” which occurred in August, saying his client was not the aggressor and was simply defending himself.
MMA Junkie got the official statement straight from the horse’s mouth.
Volkan Oezdemir appeared in a Ft. Lauderdale, Florida courtroom Sunday morning in response to allegations from an incident in a Ft. Lauderdale bar on August 12, 2017. Mr. Oezdemir was accompanied by his attorney Bruce A. Zimet. Following a brief hearing (before) a Broward County Circuit judge, Mr. Oezdemir was granted a $10,000 bond during the pendency of his case. Mr. Zimet, a former federal prosecutor, described the incident that formed the basis of the case as nothing more than a bar room altercation in which Mr. Oezdemir, who was not the aggressor, was totally justified in all of his actions pursuant to Florida law. Mr. Oezdemir expressed his faith in the America judicial system and looks forward to all of the facts involved in the August 12, 2017 incident being made public. Mr. Oezdemir has full confidence that when the full picture is presented that he will be totally vindicated.”
Indeed, Volkan will have his day in court, all while waiting to see if he will receive the next 205-pound title shot against current champion Daniel Cormier, as “DC” recently suggested Oezdemir would be the next man up after he was given his title back following Jon Jones’ latest failed drug test.
Oezdemir has won all three of his bouts inside the Octagon, which took place this year, including two quick knockout victories over Jimi Manuwa and Misha Cirkunov. And he plans to do the same to Cormier when the time comes.