Former UFC Light Heavyweight Title Challenger Volkan Oezdemir Undergoes Knee Surgery

By: Tristen Critchfield
Nov 6, 2018


Volkan Oezdemir has undergone knee surgery following his loss to Anthony Smith at UFC Fight Night Moncton last month.

The former light heavyweight title challenger recently posted a pre-operation photo on his Instagram account.

“About to get my knee surgery,” he wrote. “Feeling great and blessed. I’ll be back at [100 percent] in No Time.”

The exact nature of the procedure is currently unclear, as is Oezdemir’s timetable for recovery. The 29-year-old Swiss fighter was submitted in the third round by Smith of their headlining bout at UFC Fight Night 138 on Oct. 27.

After coming up short in a title bid against Daniel Cormier at UFC 220 in January, Oezdemir had multiple bouts fall through for various reasons before his loss to Smith. “No Time” rose to prominence after beginning his promotional tenure with triumphs over Jimi Manuwa, Misha Cirkunov and Ovince St. Preux.

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About to get my knee surgery. Feeling great and blessed! I’ll be back at in No Time

A post shared by Volkan Oezdemir (@volkan_oezdemir) on Nov 6, 2018 at 4:51am PST

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