Volkan Oezdemir

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First submission win since 2012
Light HeavyweightUFC
September 2, 2023
Oezdemir defeated Bogdan Guskov via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:46 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Paris.
It took a late-notice replacement opponent in Guskov, but it was nice to see an emphatic performance from Oezdemir for the first time in more than four years. Volkan ducked a punch and landed an early takedown. He allowed Guskov to get back to his feet before cracking him with a huge punch and some follow-up strikes prior to choking him out. It was Volkan's first submission win since 2012. Set to turn 34 years of age in a couple weeks, the days of Oezdemir competing with the best the UFC has to offer at 205 pounds have come and gone. Even with the victory here, Volkan is still sporting just a 4-5 record in his past nine bouts dating back to October 2018.
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No longer fighting Murzakanov
Light HeavyweightUFC
August 7, 2023
Oezdemir will no longer fight Azamat Murzakanov at UFC Paris on Sept. 2, Marcel Dorff of Eurosport.nl reports.
Oezdemir will now fight Bogdan Guskov after Murzakanov was forced out of the bout. Guskov stands one-inch taller than Oezdemir and will be making his UFC debut.
Scheduled to fight Murzakanov
Light HeavyweightUFC
June 21, 2023
Oezdemir is scheduled to fight Azamat Murzakanov at UFC Paris on Sept. 2, per Marcel Dorff of Eurosport.nl.
Should this fight go through, it will be Oezdemir's first of 2023. He would have spent almost a year recovering following his decision loss to Nikita Krylov at UFC 280 in Abu Dhabi. Oezdemir, No. 8 in the UFC's light heavyweight rankings, is 1-3 across his last four fights. He would be defending his position against No. 11 Murzakanov, who is 3-0 in the UFC and undefeated across his 13 pro fights.
Fades following quick start
Light HeavyweightUFC
October 22, 2022
Oezdemir lost to Nikita Krylov via unanimous decision (27-30, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC 280 on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
It appeared as if Oezdemir was going to earn a very quick stoppage in this one after he battered an uber-aggressive Krylov with countless power shots in the opening minute-plus of the fight, but once things settled down, Volkan was finished. His takedown defense didn't hold up, which isn't much of a surprise considering Krylov's grappling abilities and the fact Oezdemir is a one-dimensional power puncher. Attempting to fend off Krylov's advances on the mat only served to tire Volkan out and eliminated his ability to potentially rebound on the feet in the latter stages of the fight. Oezdemir started his UFC run with three straight victories, but he's just 3-6 in nine fights since. There's little reason to expect things to change moving forward.
Taking on Krylov
Light HeavyweightUFC
August 5, 2022
Oezdemir agreed to a light heavyweight bout with Nikita Krylov at UFC 280 on Oct. 22 in Abu Dhabi, Farah Hannoun of MMAJunkie.com reports.
Oezdemir is fresh off a win over Paul Craig via unanimous decision in late July, which ended a two-fight losing streak. Krylov was on that same card and easily defeated Alexander Gustafsson, which also ended a string of two consecutive losses. It's a matchup of UFC veterans who have largely struggled over the past couple years.
Handles Paul Craig in London
Light HeavyweightUFC
July 23, 2022
Oezdemir defeated Paul Craig via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in London.
Oezdemir has been pretty lousy for the better part of the past four and a half years, but he did a nice job in this one of fighting to his strengths and eliminating those of Craig. Volkan was at an immediate and overwhelming disadvantage the second this fight ended up on the mat, so he sold out and worked to stuff Craig's takedown attempts and ended up shutting down all 15 of his opponent's tries. On the feet, Oezdemir was the better, crisper striker, although he by no means overwhelmed Craig despite ending with a 108-41 edge in total strikes landed. The victory snaps a two-fight losing streak for Volkan and possibly saves his job. His next challenge will be to put forth another strong effort his next time out.