Volkan Oezdemir has responded to Daniel Cormier’s callout.
Now that he has been reinstated as champion, Cormier had no concrete plans about whom he intends to face next. This led to him taking it to the people and let fans decide via social media.
Due to a failed drug test, Jon Jones has been provisionally suspended by USADA pending a full investigation by the CAC (California Athletic Commission).
Jones defeated Cormier by third-round TKO in the main event of UFC 214 on July 29 in Anaheim, California to regain the title. The event aired on PPV (pay-per-view). The UFC gave the title back to Cormier as a result of Jones’ failed drug test.
In a recent tweet he sent out, Cormier noted that the verdict went to rising 205-pound star Volkan Oezdemir. He wrote the following on his official Twitter account on Thursday, September 28th, 2017:
“@volkan_oezdemir I asked, and people wanna see u, and I scrap. So you got it, man! Let me figure a date now. They chose u bud! Congrats.”
Oezdemir (15-1, 3-0 UFC), who is 28-years-old, made his debut in February where he won against Ovince Saint Preux via split decision. Following this win, his stock value has increased a bit more, but it skyrocketed when he scored a first-round knockout win against Jimi Manuwa in the undercard of Jones and Cormier’s fight. He also got the Performance of the Night honors that merited a $50,000 bonus.
The upcoming prospect was quick to respond in a message sent to Bloody Elbow by making it very clear that he doesn’t want to waste any time in accepting the opportunity:
“Since my debut into the UFC my goal was to climb the ranks in no time,” Oezdemir wrote. “I feel blessed to be called out by the champion while the number one contender didn’t respond to me.”
Keep in mind that no date nor a location has been formally announced by the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) for this bout. It appears that the champion’s mind has been made up as to whom he will fight next, and Oezdemir appears to be up for the challenge.
It’s an interesting move by the UFC. Although DC wanted this bout, there were many fans who were also arguing that number one-ranked light heavyweight contender Alexander Gustafsson is the more deserving challenger. If you recall, the two fighters already faced each other at UFC 192 in 2015, where Cormier won via split decision.