Volkan Oezdemir arrested on battery charges, issues a statement

Volkan Oezdemir, who is next in line for a Title Shot at 205 was arrested last night.

Man, sometimes people just can’t get out of their own way. The UFC’s Light Heavyweight division seems of late an island of misfit toys. First, we had the ongoing Jon Jones saga, and now Volkan Oezdemir was arrested for battery after his involvement in a barroom situation last night. First, his arrest info was released, saying he was charged with aggravated battery causing bodily harm or disability.

He bonded out on 10,000 dollar bond and has issued a statement on the arrest. Before that, however, the UFC issued their statement which is below in its entirety.

“UFC is aware of the situation involving light heavyweight athlete, Volkan Oezdemir. The organization is in the process of gathering more information and will be monitoring the situation closely before determining if any further action is necessary.”

After that came a statement on Volkan’s behalf, delivered to MMA Junkie via Volkan’s manager, Frederic Englund. It read as follows.

“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.”

I guess we’ll have to wait and see what transpires. Was he named in a complaint and didn’t turn himself in? Why would he be arrested and spend the night in jail for a simple court appearance (on Sunday) on a prior assault charge? This one will undoubtedly unfold in the days to come and we’ll keep you updated.