Daniel Cormier recently announced that fight fans chose Volkan Oezdemir to be his next fight for the Light Heavyweight strap, thanks to an unofficial poll.
While it’s not the most official way to get a title fight under the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) banner, as the promotion has yet to confirm (or deny) the pairing, Oezdemir will gladly take it.
“We will talk soon (with UFC), but right now we are trying to promote this fight. This fight will definitely happen for sure, I want it 100 percent and Cormier wants it,” he said during a recent interview on The MMA Hour.
If it feels as if Volkan’s path to the title was rather quick, he agrees, as he says thanks to his quick knockouts — and other unforeseen circumstances such as Jon Jones failing another drug test — he got to the big dance quicker than most.
“My path has been, I’ve been blessed. I was growing without fighting, I was climbing the ranks and then Jon Jones got pulled out, I was No. 2. That’s crazy. I was really blessed this year.”
Still, that’s not to say Oezdemir isn’t deserving, as he has dominated the competition thus far, knocking out top contenders Misha Cirkunov and Jimi Manuwa in the very first round after edging out Ovince Saint Preux in his Octagon debut.
All the wins, by the way, came within the span of six months. With a knack for ending fights early, Volkan says it won’t be any different against “DC.”
“No. Why?” replied the confident striker when asked if he needed more time to finish the 205-pound champion. “I think in the first two minutes. This is my goal anyways, so I am going to make all my training so I will be able to knock him out pretty fast.”
“I don’t have time for this. I want no injuries, so I want to knock him out really fast.”
Of course, Cormier has only been finished once throughout his storied combat sports career, getting knocked out by the aforementioned Jones at UFC 214 last July (video highlights here). The win was eventually overturned to a No Contest following “Bones” failed drug tests.
Speaking of which, Oezdemir doesn’t believe this is the end for Jones.
“It was a delicate situation. I was shocked and you don’t know what to think about it. He won that fight in impressive fashion and it was an impressive win. The 205-pound division is shocked and everything is different,” said Volkan, who refrained from dishing judgement on “Bones” and vowed to be waiting for him with the belt around his waist if and when he returns to action.
Can’t knock the confidence… right?