Volkan Oezdemir has promised a quick and brutal end to Daniel Cormier’s championship reign if he finds himself facing down the former-Olympian inside the octagon any time soon.
The ascent of Volkan Oezdemir has been one of the most interesting and admittedly strange sights we’ve seen in recent mixed martial arts memory. An unranked debutant making his UFC debut just eight months ago, he managed to outpoint former interim-title challenger Ovince St-Preux to a split decision victory as a short notice-replacement for the injured Jan Blachowicz.
From there, Oezdemir spent a grand total of 70 seconds inside the octagon, knocking out both Misha Cirkunov and Jimi Manuwa – both of whom were heavily-favoured to win in their matchups against the Swiss-native.
Now, out of nowhere, Volkan has established himself as one of the 205lb division’s top contenders and has been personally selected by the fans to take on the champ, Daniel Cormier in his next title defense.
Cormier himself acknowledged Oezdemir’s claim to the title in a recent tweet, and though the fan reaction to the champ decided to give top-contender Alexander Gustaffson a miss was mixed, Oezdemir’s brutal run simply could not be ignored any longer and the fans made their choice known.
Now, in a recent interview on the MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, Oezdemir made it very clear that he forsees a win against Cormier coming in a very similar fashion to his recent knockouts of both Manuwa and Cirkunov.
“Of course I was looking at it really closely. That was something huge. I’m really humbled. Cormier is somebody I respect a lot. The fact that he called me out, made a poll and his fans wanted me – that’s something that mans even more to me.
“If the fans choose me, it means a lot to me. I’m really happy with everything that’s happening right now. The year 2017 is a great year for me and 2018 is going to be even better for sure. We’re going to talk soon, but right now we are trying to promote the fight more. That fight is definitely going to happen. I want it for sure and I understand Cormier wants it also.
“It’s not going to be the best situation for him because I’ve got knockout power, that’s for sure. I hope his brain recovered well I’m going to bring the heat.
“I think in the first two minutes, that’s my goal anyway. I’m going to make all of my training so I will be able to knock him out. I have no time for this. I don’t want to get injured, I’m just going to knock him out really fast.”
The notion that a UFC debutant could well be fighting for a championship close to a year is a strange one, to say the least, but the idea that he would be able to take out one of the greatest to ever do it in a matter of minutes is an even crazier one.
Best of luck of with that, Volkan.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena