Cormier-Oezdemir Signed For UFC 220
The UFC announced officially Wednesday that Daniel Cormier will defend his UFC light heavyweight title against Volkan Oezdemir at UFC 220 on January 20th in Boston. Cormier had said publicly that Oezdemir would be next, but it was unclear how Oezdemir’s issues with the law would factor into the potential fight.
Oezdemir is on a five fight winning streak, including his first three fights in the UFC this year. The Swiss light heavyweight has won his last two bouts in a combined 70 seconds.
Oezdemir is amidst legal trouble after being arrested in Florida in November for aggravated battery causing serious bodily injury, a second-degree felony charge. The now number one contender is alleged to have knocked a man unconscious with a punch in an altercation outside a bar in August. Oezdemir, who had to forfeit his passport to Broward County court, is facing up to five years in jail on the charge.
Oezdemir’s attorney Bruce Zimet said at the arraignment two weeks ago that Oezdemir was not the aggressor in the incident and justified in his actions.
Cormier (19-1, NC) initially lost the light heavyweight belt in a third-round TKO to Jon Jones at UFC 214 in July. But the bout was overturned to a no contest and Cormier was given the title back when Jones tested positive for a steroid in an in-competition drug test. Cormier, 38, won the title the first time in 2015 and has two successful title defenses. The only man he has lost to in MMA is Jones.
Cormier vs. Oezdemir is likely to be the UFC 220 main event, though that is not official yet.