The 30-year-old Cirkunov made his UFC debut in August 2015,
Jolly out in the first round. Since then, the Latvian-Canadian
has put together a 4-0 mark in the Octagon, tapping Alex
Cutelaba and most recently, Nikita
Krylov in December.
The Krylov bout marked the end of Cirkunov's initial UFC contract.
Upon entering free agency, Cirkunov's angling for a second deal
didn't go smoothly, as UFC President Dana White came out in
February and said that Cirkunov had “flaked” and wouldn't be
re-signed by the company. On March 1, news broke that Cirkunov had
in fact re-signed with the UFC.
Oezdemir, 27, made his UFC on short notice at the UFC Fight Night
in Houston on Feb. 4, coming in for an injured Jan
Blachowicz on two weeks of preparation to face Ovince St.
Preux. The Swiss fighter has won three in a row since his lone
career loss in April 2014, when he was submitted by Kelly
Anundson in the Bellator MMA cage.