Swiss bruiser Volkan Oezdemir made a run at the light-heavyweight belt, but came up short against champ Daniel Cormier at UFC 220.
However, he’s really good at kicking butts outside of bars in Florida – which, unfortunately, put him in some legal trouble. It has also put a stop to him competing at UFC Fight Night 129 in Santiago, Chile, because guess what? He can’t leave the country!
Oezdemir was supposed to face Mauricio “Shogun” Rua on that card; instead, the duo will meet in the main event of UFC Fight Night 134 (in Germany). The presumption is that will give the bar brawler a chance to iron things out with his court case.
As per MMAFighting:
Volkan Oezdemir currently does not have permission to leave the United States for Germany. But his team and the UFC are confident that will change by July.
The UFC announced Monday that Oezdemir will take on Mauricio Rua in the main event of UFC Hamburg on July 22. Presently, however, Oezdemir would not be able to make that trip overseas, because he does not have possession of his passport.
Oezdemir, 28, is in the middle of a trial where he is being charged with felony battery in Florida’s Broward County. The discovery process is ongoing. Oezdemir, a Swiss national, is being accused of punching and knocking out a man outside a bar in August. In November, at the time he was arrested, Oezdemir had to surrender his passport.