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Despite legal hurdles, Volkan Oezdemir’s team confident he’ll be able to travel to Germany for Shogun Rua fight

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Volkan Oezdemir currently does not have permission to leave the United States for Germany. But his team and the UFC are confident that will change by July.

The UFC announced Monday that Oezdemir will take on Mauricio Rua in the main event of UFC Hamburg on July 22. Presently, however, Oezdemir would not be able to make that trip overseas, because he does not have possession of his passport.

Oezdemir, 28, is in the middle of a trial where he is being charged with felony battery in Florida’s Broward County. The discovery process is ongoing. Oezdemir, a Swiss national, is being accused of punching and knocking out a man outside a bar in August. In November, at the time he was arrested, Oezdemir had to surrender his passport.

The UFC initially had Oezdemir vs. Rua scheduled for UFC Chile on May 19. But that would be too soon with regards to the trial. The UFC announced last week that the fight had to be pulled from that card.

The reason was that the court had not given Oezdemir the permission to leave the country, Broward County state attorney spokesperson Kristi Grimm told MMA Fighting on Tuesday.

“Mr. Oezdemir’s attorney would have to file a motion requesting that his client be allowed to travel,” Grimm said.

No motion has been requested as of now, because the belief on Oezdemir’s team’s side is that the trial will be concluded before the light heavyweight fighter has to leave for Germany.

“It is anticipated that case will be concluded prior to that time,” Oezdemir’s attorney Bruce A. Zimet told MMA Fighting.

UFC officials told MMA Fighting on Tuesday that they are confident that Oezdemir will be cleared to travel by the end of May. Zimet began taking depositions of witnesses and the alleged victim Monday in Fort Lauderdale.

Oezdemir (15-2) is coming off a second-round TKO loss to Daniel Cormier at UFC 220 in January. Prior to that, he won his first three fights in the UFC in extremely impressive fashion, including knockouts over Jimi Manuwa and Misha Cirkunov in a combined 70 seconds.