After weeks of rumors, the UFC has finally confirmed the news that Daniel Cormier will fight Volkan Oezdemir at UFC 220. The rumor was first reported by Nolan King. The fight was in jeopardy after Oezdemir was arrested in Florida for his part in a bar brawl.
Cormier heads into the fight after losing his UFC Light Heavyweight title to bitter rival Jon Jones at UFC 214. However, the fight was changed to a No-Contest and Cormier was awarded the title back, when Jones was stripped of the belt due to failing a USADA anti-doping test.
Oezdemir is a fighter out of Switzerland that has taken the MMA world by storm. The virtually unknown Swiss fighter took a short notice fight against Ovince St. Preux at a UFC Fight Night in February. He pulled off the massive upset by beating St. Preux by decision. He followed up that win by pulling off two more upsets. He knocked out Misha Cirkunov at a UFC Fight Night in May. Oezdemir would then knock out Jimi Manuwa at UFC 214.
UFC 220 is scheduled for January 20th in Boston, Massachusetts. The two fight for Cormier’s UFC Light Heavyweight title. A win for Oezdemir would crown the first Swiss champion in UFC history.