The state of Florida is continuing its pursuit of felony charges against Volkan Oezdemir for a reported assault and battery.
Oezdemir, who is a title challenger in the UFC, was charged in November with “aggravated battery causing bodily harm or disability” for knocking a man out at a bar in August. The man, who was later identified as Kevin Cohen told Fort Lauderdale police that he was informed that Oezdemir had knocked out his friend outside the bar. He said that when he asked who assaulted his friend, the UFC fighter punched him in the face, causing him to be unconscious for 14 minutes and leaving bruising and cuts on Cohen’s face.
Oezdemir is scheduled for arraignment at a Fort Lauderdale court on January 9th.
Oezdemir is scheduled to challenge Daniel Cormier for the UFC Light Heavyweight title at UFC 220 in Boston.
Oezdemir’s charges is a third-degree felony with a maximum punishment of up to five years in prison. Oezdemir, who is from Switzerland, was forced to temporarily forfeit his passport to the courts.