UFC fighter Volkan Oezdemir was recently arrested in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and he is being charged with aggravated battery causing bodily harm or disability.
Oezdemir and members of his team have claimed the arrest was due to a bar room altercation involving the fighter.
Frederic Englund is the manager for Oezdemir and he sent a statement to MMA Junkie about the situation involving his client.
Here is the full statement from Mr. Englund:
“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.”
The light heavyweight was rumored to be next in line for a shot at the UFC Light Heavyweight Title, there is no word at the moment about how the arrest may affect the potential title shot.
While the UFC is aware of the situation involving their fighter, there has been no statement issued yet on their end on the matter.