Earlier this week it was announced that top UFC light heavyweight contender Volkan Oezdemir was arrested for felony battery in Florida after a bar fight that took place in August.
The man Oezdemir hit reportedly needed staples for cuts and also received treatment for concussion related symptoms. Oezddemir was later released on a $10,000 bond. It couldn't have come at a worse time for the knockout artist, as it seemed that he was being targeted for a light heavyweight title fight with champion Daniel Cormier at UFC 220 in January.
Now with Oezdemir's legal issues that fight seems to be in jeopardy, and after "DC's" recent comments on the Anik and Florian podcast, he doesn't seem like he's willing to wait around for "No Time" to get his affairs in order (quotes via MMA Fighting):
“Of course, I’d fight any of these guys. It doesn’t matter. This guy’s on the longest win streak in the division so he was getting the title shot but if this trouble is gonna keep him out of the opportunity, I’ll just go to the next guy.
"So of course I’d fight Gustafsson and someone told me yesterday that Team Ovince Saint Preux was like, ‘We want a title fight because we’ve got a good winning streak too.’
"Whoever is winning gets the title shot, that’s just the way it is. I don’t care who it is.
“It’s tough to be going through this type of thing, especially at this time when you’re on the cusp of your biggest moment of your career.
"I don’t know what happened. You’ve got to not be doing things that are wrong or put yourself in these situations where stuff can go sideways. You’ve got to try to stay out of those positions. . .
“Maybe it was self-defense but because he is who is is, it’s much worse because he has the ability to sleep dudes that are trying to hit him.
"You never know what’s happening but even these run-ins, they’re really unneeded, especially when you’re a young guy as Volkan is and you’re on the cusp of something so big for the first time in your career.
“I’ve been waiting for the final go ahead. Obviously this throws a wrench into those plans, when we see what happens to Oezdemir.
"It’s kind of all fluid right now because we’ve got to see what happens with this guy. Alexander Gustafsson was never gonna be right now anyway, I think he may be dealing with some things.
"If it has to be him then I guess the fight will be a little bit later in the year, but I’d love to compete in Boston.”
What are your thoughts on Cormier saying that he's ready to fight any other top challengers now that Oezdemir seems to be out of their scheduled bout due to legal issues? Do you think that there's anyone other than Jon Jones that can down "DC?" If so, who do you think it is? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!
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