Volkan Oezdemir discusses his rapid rise from relative unknown to top-5

Volkan Oezdemir discusses his rapid rise from relative unknown to top-5 light heavyweight

Volkan Oezdemir’s story is a wild one.

At the end of 2016, the Swiss light heavyweight was a relative unknown, flying under the radar of all but the most hardcore MMA fans. In early February of 2017, he defeated recent interim title challenger Ovince St. Preux by split decision in a short notice fight, usurping the number-five spot in the UFC light heavyweight rankings as a result. His was an unprecedented leap from relative obscurity into UFC light heavyweight title contention.

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