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Light heavyweight contender Volkan Oezdemir arrested

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Don't expect UFC light heavyweight contender Volkan Oezdemir to get a title shot anytime soon.

Oezdemir was arrested Saturday in Florida, USA, and charged with aggravated battery causing bodily harm. He's being held in jail pending a bond hearing Sunday morning.

Details have not yet emerged surrounding the incident, and it's unclear exactly what Oezdemir did to warrant such charges. 

Volkan Oezdemir

The 28-year-old Swiss native, who holds a 15-1 MMA record and a 3-0 mark in the UFC, has been training in South Florida with Combat Club, a team that formed as a result of the dissolution of the Blackzilians.

Oezdemir made his UFC debut earlier this year, taking a bout against Ovince Saint Preux on short notice at UFC Fight Night 104 in Houston. There, he pulled off an upset with a split decision.

He was equally as impressive in his next two fights. At UFC Fight Night 109 in Sweden, he dropped Misha Cirkunov with a 28-second knockout. And at UFC 214 in July, he needed just 42 seconds to triumph over Jimi Manuwa.

Oezdemir was tabbed as a top contender by UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier in September, but UFC has yet to comment on the arrest. It remains to be seen how the charge will affect Oezdemir's chances at getting a title shot.

Oezdemir is being held on $10,000 bond, and his release is currently pending.

UFC issued the following statement via Bloody Elbow:

“UFC is aware of the situation involving light heavyweight athlete, Volkan Oezdemir. The organization is in the process of gathering more information and will be monitoring the situation closely before determining if any further action is necessary.”

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