Volkan Oezdemir will no longer be fighting in the co-main event of Titan FC 43 on Saturday night.
The 27-year-old Swiss prospect accepted a short-notice bout against #6 ranked UFC light-heavyweight Ovince St. Preux, which takes place at UFC Fight Night 104 on February 4. In order to take the fight, however, he needed a release from his Titan contract, which the promotion happily obliged to despite being just days away from a bout.
Titan FC COO Lex McMahon explained the situation to MMAFighting.
“We have this tagline at Titan: fans, fighters first,” McMahon said. “… There comes a time when you have to be more than just marketing. You have to mean what you say.
“I felt that Volkan really had an opportunity to get to the UFC if he had a good performance. Just because of circumstance, he really wasn't getting that chance… He deserved the opportunity, man. That’s the bottom line. I thought he really deserved the opportunity.”
McMahon said that he was the one who reached out to the UFC when he heard that Jan Blachowicz, St. Preux’s original opponent, suffered an injury and was pulled from the bout.
“We sometimes lose out on building brandable fighters, fighters we can have a long run with. But on the flip side people know we’re going to get great fighters because I think guys know we’re going to give them a fair shake.”
Oezdemir (12-1) has scored all but one of his wins by way of stoppage. His only loss is a submission to Kelly Anundson in Bellator nearly three years ago.
St. Preux (19-9) is coming off of back-to-back losses, a unanimous decision to former light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones, and more recently, a second-round knockout to Jimi Manuwa. His last win was a decision over Rafael Calvacante last February.
UFC Fight Night 104 takes place at the Toyota Center in Houston Texas on February 4. The card will be headlined by Chan Sung Jung’s return against Dennis Bermudez.