At “Fight Island”, the Fribourgeois was left unconscious by Jiri Prochazka, in the light heavyweight category (UFC 251).
Seven months after his last fight, a victory in South Korea in December 2019, Volkan Oezdemir bowed heavily against the Czech Jiri Prochazka on the night of Saturday to Sunday, at “Fight Island”, in the bubble set up in Abu Dhabi.
Yet favorite – his opponent came from another category and made his UFC debut -, the 30-year-old Freiburg, who had pretty well mastered the first round, was knocked out. after a handful of seconds in the second, on a devastating direct-hook sequence of Prochazka.
For his first in a UFC octagon, Jiri Prochazka, who has won his last eleven MMA duels, offers himself the ex-challenger for the 2018 title. It is the ninth success in a row that the ex-champion of the Rizin wins by knockout. For Oezdemir, who finally got up, it’s the end of a two-game winning streak.
A few hours later, the Friborg champion paid tribute to his opponent, who inflicted the “first knockout” on him. of his life “, reassured his fans about his state of health, and announced that he would train always harder to come back even stronger than ever.