Volkan Oezdemir was preparing for his fight with Ilir Latifi with full force. However, things did not go as planned. Ilir Latifi had to call off the upcoming bout due to a last-minute back injury.
Volkan Oezdemir showed up to a Q&A prior to Friday’s UFC on ESPN+ 11 ceremonial weigh-ins and discussed the situation with fans.
Here’s what the fighter said about the present situation :
“I’m not going to go into details, but it’s what happened,” Oezdemir said. “It’s weight cut time and everything’s getting a little bit difficult, so he pulled his back and he wasn’t able to fight. Here I am. I’m ready to fight. I was hoping something would happen, a last-minute change, but it wasn’t meant to be, so I’m looking forward to the next one.”
Regarding what may be next in his mind, Oezdemir said the following :
“For me the one I really want to avenge the most is my last fight,” Oezdemir said. “Dominick Reyes, his win is a stain on my record so I want to make it right.”
It is yet to be seen whether UFC will consider Oezdemir’s request or not. Oezdemir also wished Ilir Latifi a speedy recovery :
“Right now the fight got canceled and things happen,” Oezdemir said “It’s too bad. I just wish a quick recovery for Ilir.”