Volkan Oezdemir praises Daniel Cormier after UFC 220 loss: 'You deserve this title'

21 January 2018

Volkan Oezdemir fell short in his bid to become UFC light heavyweight champion at UFC 220, but if his post-fight attitude is any indication, he’s not deterred by the result.

Oezdemir (15-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) suffered a second-round TKO loss to Daniel Cormier (20-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC) in Saturday’s UFC 220 co-headliner, which took place at TD Garden in Boston and aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

After a quick rise to a 205-pound title shot courtesy of a few quick knockouts, Oezdemir succumbed to the pressure and pace of “DC” and was ultimately grounded and beaten into a referee stoppage. It marked his first loss in UFC competition, but instead of dwelling on the outcome, Oezdemir took it in stride (via Instagram):

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So much respect for you @dc_mma. You deserve this title. It’s just the beginning for me, I’ll be back soon and stronger 💪🌋 thanks to everyone for the Support, you guys are amazing! #Notime

Oezdemir did not speak at UFC 220’s post-fight news conference, where he was praised by Cormier as a more than worthy challenger to his title.

For complete coverage of UFC 220, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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