Volkan Oezdemir

No Time


Added to UFC 267 card
Light HeavyweightUFC
August 23, 2021
Oezdemir will fight Magomed Ankalaev at UFC 267 in Abu Dhabi on Oct. 30, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Oezdemir's fight with Ankalaev was initially scheduled for Sept. 4, but it has since been bumped to October. His last fight dates back to July 11 of 2020, when he was knocked out by Jiri Prochazka.
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Pulls out of Krylov fight
Light HeavyweightUFC
October 1, 2020
Oezdemir will no longer face Nikita Krylov on Oct. 17 after withdrawing from the fight due to a knee injury, Farah Hannoun of MMAJunkie.com reports.
Oezdemir had been looking to bounce back from a KO loss that snapped a two-fight winning streak, but an injury will keep him out of the Fight Island matchup. It remains to be seen if the UFC will book a new opponent for Krylov, or instead attempt to reschedule this matchup at a later date.
On Oct. 17 card
Light HeavyweightUFC
September 24, 2020
Oezdemir will take on Nikita Krylov at the UFC event October 17, MMAFighting.com reports.
This light heavyweight bout will take place on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. Oezdemir will be making his first appearance since being knocked out by Jiri Prochazka in July.
Crushing defeat at UFC 251
Light HeavyweightUFC
July 11, 2020
Oezdemir lost to Jiri Prochazka via KO (punches) at 0:49 of Round 2 at UFC 251 on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
Simply put, the power of Prochazka proved to be more deadly than the power of Oezdemir. In a bout in which both men went head hunting for a knockout with every single shot they threw, Volkan was unable to close the show with the shots in which he did connect. Sure, he had the newcomer wobbled, but he couldn't finish him off. In the end, all it took was one massive one-two combo from Prochazka early in Round 2 to end the proceedings. This is a crushing result for Volkan. Oezdemir's UFC run has been a success considering he joined the company as nothing more than roster depth back in early 2017, but his record with the UFC is now barely over .500 (5-4). "No Time" is nowhere near the title picture despite being just 30 years old.
Slated vs. Prochazka on July 11
Light HeavyweightUFC
June 8, 2020
Oezdemir is expected to fight Jiri Prochazka in a light heavyweight matchup at the UFC's July 11 event on Fight Island, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
Oezdemir is coming off a close win against Aleksander Rakic via split decision in December, giving him back-to-back victories. He'll now get the task of facing the former former Rizin champion in Prochazka FF, who will be making his UFC debut. Oezdemir will enter the Octagon at a three inch disadvantage in terms of height. Given he's been fighting top-tier light heavyweights in the UFC for an extended period of time, it would be logical to expect Oezdemir to enter as a betting favorite.
Comes away with split decision
Light HeavyweightUFC
December 22, 2019
Oezdemir defeated Aleksander Rakic via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC on ESPN+ 23 on Saturday in Busan, South Korea.
In a close fight that could have gone either way, Oezdemir managed to take Rounds 2 and 3 on the scorecards of two of the three judges. The overall significant striking numbers favored Rakic due largely to a fast start, but the final two rounds were airtight in terms of accuracy and strikes landed. Oezdemir did more damage to the legs of the highly-regarded prospect, which likely helped him avoid getting taken down and get the better of the striking exchanges in the final round to leave a favorable last impression on the judges. Oezdemir has fallen short against elite light heavyweights, but with back-to-back wins over respectable competition, the 30-year-old has now positioned himself for another big fight.