Volkan Oezdemir Pulled from UFC Hamburg Headliner, Meets Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 227

By Tristen Critchfield Jul 2, 2018


At long last, the Ultimate Fighting Championship has found an opponent for Alexander Gustafsson.

The two-time light heavyweight title challenger will face Volkan Oezdemir at UFC 227 in Los Angeles on Aug. 4. Oezdemir was pulled from a proposed 205-pound clash with Mauricio Rua scheduled for the UFC Fight Night Hamburg main event on July 22. A replacement opponent for “Shogun” is currently being sought by the promotion.

ESPN was first to report the matchup. UFC 227 takes place at the Staples Center and is headlined by a bantamweight championship rematch between T.J. Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt.

Gustafsson will return to action for the first time in more than a year at UFC 227. The 31-year-old Swede is coming off back-to-back triumphs over Glover Teixeira and Jan Blachowicz. He has twice challenged for 205-pound gold, dropping a thrilling five-round verdict against Jon Jones at UFC 165 before losing a split decision to current champion Daniel Cormier at UFC 192.

Oezdemir began his promotional tenure with a bang, earning victories over Ovince St. Preux, Misha Cirkunov and Jimi Manuwa in his first three appearances — the latter two via first-round knockout. That earned him a title shot against Cormier at UFC 220, but “No Time” was overwhelmed en route to a second-round stoppage loss in their Jan. 20 encounter.

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