Oezdemir was arrested Saturday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and charged with aggravated battery causing bodily harm or disability as the result of what Oezdemir's manager called a "bar room altercation" that took place August 12.
Oezdemir, 28, was arrested by Fort Lauderdale Police on Saturday and charged with aggravated battery. The charge carries a maximum 15-year sentence. His bond was set at $10,000.
Kevin Cohen, the alleged victim, told police that he went outside after hearing a friend had been knocked unconscious following a verbal altercation with another man. Until his arrest, he was expected to be the next contender for Daniel Cormier's UFC light heavyweight title.
In a statement released to MMAJunkie.com, Oezdemir's manager, Frederic Englund, said Oezdemir was "not the aggressor" in the alleged incident. The UFC has a pay-per-view event, UFC 220, scheduled on January 20 in Boston.
"Mr. Oezdemir expressed his faith in the America judicial system and looks forward to all of the facts involved in the August 12, 2017 incident being made public". Mr. Oezdemir was accompanied by his attorney Bruce A. Zimet.
Oezdemir and members of his team have claimed the arrest was due to a bar room altercation involving the fighter. "Mr. Oezdemir has full confidence that when the full picture is presented that he will be totally vindicated".
Oezdemir has been training in South Florida with Combat Club, and he made his UFC debut earlier this year when he chose to take a fight against Ovince Saint Preux at UFC Fight Night 104 in Houston on short-notice.
"The organization is in the process of gathering more information and will be monitoring the situation closely before determining if any further action is necessary", UFC spokeswoman Lenee Breckenridge said in an emailed statement.