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UFC FN 109: Volkan Oezdemir Says Training & Skill, Not Luck, Behind Quick Win

Kelsey Mowatt

Volkan Oezdemir

If you believe Volkan Oezdemir’s win on Sunday was due to a luck punch, well, the rising light-heavyweight has some thoughts on that theory…

If you watched UFC Fight Night 109 yesterday, then you know that Oezdemir quickly put away Misha Cirkunov, in the co-headliner. Both men came out firing heavy punches, but as Cirkunov stormed in, Oezdemir floored him with a short, right hand behind the ear. The bout was called moments after at the 28 second mark.

After the pivotal win, Oezdemir had this to say about any ‘lucky punch’ argument (quote via MMA Fighting):

“That’s just something I did again and again (in practice), pivot and strike, pivot and strike. And that’s how I ended the fight,” Oezdemir said.

“Nothing is lucky. I pivot and strike, as I say. That was a precise punch.”

Even if for some reason you don’t agree with Oezdemir here, there’s no denying that the 27 year-old has had huge impact in the UFC’s 205 division, just two bouts in. In his first fight this February, he scored a split decision win over the top ten ranked, Ovince Saint Preux. Now he’s taken out Cirkunov, who had won four straight bouts in the UFC, and many believe could be a challenger for the title.

It will be interesting to see what comes next for Oezdemir as well as Cirkunov. Oezdemir will likely face a top five ranked fighter next. Cirkunov, meanwhile, will have to rebound from a loss for the first time since 2012, which marked his previous and second defeat.

UFC FN 109 went down in Stockholm, Sweden.

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