Volkan Oezdemir has pleaded not guilty to a felony battery charge stemming from a November arrest and will be allowed to challenge Daniel Cormier for the UFC light heavyweight title at UFC 220 later this month.
Bruce A. Zimet, the attorney for Oezdemir, told MMAjunkie that his fighter will make the January 20 bout in Boston from the TD Garden.
Oezdemir (15-1) posted a $10,000 bond and requested a jury trial in the Broward County (Florida) Seventeenth Judicial Court. Zimet was able to reverse the state’s issue for a no-bond arrest warrant.
The incident in question came about back in August when Kevin Cohen claims Oezdemir struck him during a bar room altercation outside of Capone’s.
Oezdemir’s charge was downgraded from aggravated battery to a felony battery, but still carries a potential prison sentence of five years.
The 28-year-old native of Fribourg, Switzerland has ran through Jimi Manuwa and Misha Cirkunov after making his UFC debut last February with a decision win over Ovince Saint Preux.
Oezdemir knocked out Manuwa at UFC 214 this past July in just 42 seconds following his May 28-second knockout of Cirkunov. His only career loss came to Kelly Anundson back in 2014 at Bellator 115.