Charges Dropped Against Oezdemir
Nearly a year after the initial incident, Volkan Oezdemir had charges against him dismissed Monday in his felony battery case.
In a statement sent to MMA Fighting by Oezdemir’s lawyer Bruce Zimet, stated that the case was ruled nolle prosequi, or the prosecution will no longer pursue the charge. State Attorney’s spokesperson Kristi Grimm confirmed the statement, claiming the charges were dropped due to lack of cooperation from the victim.
Oezdemir’s trial was set to start on July 9th, in connection to the UFC light heavyweight allegedly knocking a man out in a Fort Lauderdale bar in August 2017.
When arrested in November, Oezdemir was forced to surrender his passport, costing him a fight against Mauricio Rua later in July at UFC’s return to Germany.
Now Oezdemir will face off against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 227 on August 4th in Los Angeles, with the winner most likely facing the UFC light heavyweight champion, Daniel Cormier.