The UFC’s number two ranked light heavyweight Volkan Oezdemir was arrested in Fort Lauderdale, Fl on November 18th and charged with aggravated battery. The charges stemmed from an alleged August 12th altercation between the UFC light heavyweight and another man at a bar, which was said to have caused 'substantial injuries.' Since the night of his arrest, both the UFC and Oezdemir’s manager (via MMA Junkie) have given brief statements on the situation.
Today the Fort Lauderdale Police Department provided Bloody Elbow with a copy of a ‘complaint affidavit’ that somewhat details Oezdemir’s arrest. However, the document does not provide much new information regarding what Oezdemir is accused of.
The document states that Oezdemir was arrested at 11:16pm at an address on Fort Lauderdale’s SW 2nd Street. The address listed in the document is the same as that belonging to Tarpon Bend Food & Tackle, a sports bar (according to Google).
The full document is presented below. Bloody Elbow has redacted Oezdemir’s personal address from the document.
In the complaint affidavit, it is claimed that Oezdemir was observed by detectives, who recognized him and knew there was an outstanding warrant for his arrest from the reported incident on August 12th. The detectives then made contact with Oezdemir, who provided his name and date of birth. These details were confirmed by DAVID (driver and vehicle identification database). After confirming the fighter’s identity, he was taken into custody ‘without incident.’
The document also states that Oezdemir did not give the arresting officer/s any indication that he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
According to Aric Chokey or the Sun Sentinel, the original incident occurred between Oezdemir and an individual named by the Sentinel as Kevin Cohen, who was left with swelling and cuts to his head.
Chokey’s report also included video of Oezdemir appearing before a judge. In that video, Oezdemir’s attorney Bruce A. Zimet claims that, “all this is, is a bar room fight where the alleged victim got punched, fell on the ground, [and] apparently hit his head and cut his head.” Zimet also claims that Oezdemir was at the bar with his fiancee and that someone had approached her while Oezdemir was in the restroom.
In the video, a prosecutor can be heard stating that the alleged victim claimed he was ‘sucker punched’ and was claiming to have suffered substantial swelling and a laceration that required staples.
The video also shows Oezdemir being granted bail under the condition that he surrender his passport and avoid all contact with the alleged victim.
Oezdemir, a citizen of Switzerland, improved his professional MMA record to 15-1, after a 3-0 start to his UFC career. His first fight in the promotion was at UFN 104 in February. There he beat Ovince Saint Preux via split decision. After that shocking upset, he defeated Misha Cirkunov at UFN 109 and Jimi Manuwa at UFC 214.
In September Oezdemir was announced as the likely next title challenger to UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier. A bout between Oezdemir and Cormier had been reportedly targeted (h/t MMA Fighting) for UFC 220 in January.
Oezdemir is presumed innocent of all charges until proved guilty.