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Monday Morning Hangover: What’s next for Volkan Oezdemir after suffering second straight defeat?

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Another weekend of fisticuffs has come and gone, as UFC Fight Night 138 blew the roof off Moncton Events Centre last Saturday night (Oct. 27, 2018) in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada.

Plenty of fighters were left licking their wounds, including Artem Lobov, who suffered a unanimous decision loss to Michael Johnson (recap), after “The Menace” took the fight on short notice when Zubaira Tukhugov was yanked from the fight for his part in the UFC 229 post-fight brawl. And Patrick Cummins, who was submitted for the first time ever at the hands of Misha Cirkunov.

But which fighter is suffering from the worst post-fight hangover, now 48 hours removed from the show?

Volkan Oezdemir.

Volkan’s ascension in the Light Heavyweight division happened quickly and violently, running through one opponent after another, living up to his “No Time” moniker with impressive knockout wins over Jimi Manuwa and the aforementioned Cirkunov, both of which lasted a combined 70 seconds.

In fact, after just three wins inside the Octagon, Volkan was already fighting for the title, though he came up short against division champion Daniel Cormier at UFC 220, getting knocked out in the second round.

Looking to avoid his second straight defeat, Oezdemir took a fight against fast-rising contender Anthony Smith. While both men have the tendency to end their respective fights quickly, you had a feeling this fight wouldn’t end that way.

Indeed, both men showed respect, as they took a cautious approach early though they each had shining moments in the striking department. Volkan actually had Smith rocked momentarily, but couldn’t do anything to put an end to the fight.

In the third round, “Lionheart” Found himself with some very good positions, as he was able to take Volkan’s back and submit him via rear-naked choke (highlights), handing him second straight defeat, the first time Volkan has suffered consecutive losses.

The loss is a big one for Oezdemir, who was looking to climb himself back to the top of the ladder and closer to a title shot. Now, his hole will be a much deeper one to dig out of. On the bright side, we all know Volkan can rack the wins up rather quickly, so if he can collect a few impressive finishes in a rapid manner he could find himself in the mix sooner than expected.

Though it will be a bit more crowded now that former division champion Jon Jones is gearing up for his much-anticipated return.

As for who Volkan should face next, perhaps a showdown against Glover Teixeira is in order. “Hands of Stone” is coming off a loss to Corey Anderson, and is ranked No. 8 in the 205-pound land. Glover was lined up to face Jimi Manuwa earlier this year, but the fight was scratched after the Brazilian suffered an injury.

Both men like to bang it out and their respective hands are as heavy as they come, which means one man is bound to go to sleep when the cage door slams shut. Anyone else have a better idea?

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