UFC light-heavyweight fighter Volkan Oezdemir received some good news on Monday – the felony battery charge that’s been hanging over his head steamming from a fight outside a bar last year has now been dropped.
Oezdemir was charged with battery in relation to the incident in Fort Lauderdale last August after reportedly knocking a man unconscious, leaving him with a laceration requiring stitches and substantial swelling.
The charge has been an albatross around Oezdemir’s neck ever since, forcing the UFC to move a fight between him and Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua from Chile to Germany and then remove him from it altogether due to passport and VISA issues in relation to the charge laid against him.
However, he no longer has to worry about it as the case has been dropped due to a lack of co-operation from the victim, and Oezdemir iw now looking forward to putting the matter behind him and moving on with his career.
That will begin with a fight against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 227 on August 4th in Los Angeles, Oezdemir’s first fight since an unsuccessful attempt to take the light-heavyweight title from Daniel Cormier back in January of this year, losing out by a second round TKO stoppage.