Following Volkan Oezdemir’s arrest this past weekend in South Florida, the light-heavyweight’s representative has released a statement.
The Swiss fighter was arrested in Fort Lauderdale for “Aggravated Battery – Cause Bodily Harm Or Disability”, but details regarding the alleged incident weren’t disclosed by authorities. Since then, Oezdemir’s manager, Frederic Englund, released the following statement to MMA Junkie:
“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.”
Recently light-heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier had been saying he believes Oezdemir should challenge for the title next, due to his 3-0 run in the UFC.