ByVolkan Oezdemir, writer at
Official Creators Profile for UFC light heavyweight Volkan Oezdemir, the first Swiss fighter to compete in the Octagon.
Volkan Oezdemir

As a fighter, there are not many things worse than having a fight canceled on the day of the event. It happened to me not long ago, and I was really upset with that situation, especially since it could have been avoided altogether if the athletic commission was a bit more thorough.

Before I signed with the UFC to fight at light heavyweight, I sometimes took fights at heavyweight, and last December, I was booked to fight Jack May at Titan FC.

We both weighed in, did the faceoff, and were cleared to fight. Then, the day of the fight, I arrived at the venue to check in. That’s when somebody at told me to stick around because the boss wanted to talk with me.

I knew the situation was strange, and when the boss finally arrived, I could see in his face that something was wrong.

Right away, he just announced “you’re not going to be fighting tonight.” Basically, my opponent injured his foot two weeks before the fight, in California, and didn’t report anything to the Florida commission.

I don’t even know how it happened, but the California State Athletic Commission sent an x-ray to the Florida commission to explain that my opponent was suspended. He just didn’t tell anyone, and he tried to fight while still under suspension, without medical clearance.

The day of the fight they canceled everything.

It all worked out in the end. I’m in the UFC now, I beat OSP, and now I’m gonna fight Misha Cirkunov at , so there’s a balance between the negative and the positive that happens in your life. But, this was one of the most frustrating moments of my career, and promotions and athletic commissions could have prevented all of this from happening.

At the end of the day, everyone is trying to work for the safety and health of the fighters, but with every state and country having little differences, details like that can change everything in a fight.


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