12 Mar - 
UFC London Exclusive Fighter Interviews: Volkan Oezdemir and Jordan Rinaldi

Our own Shakiel “Shak” Mahjouri recently interviewed Light Heavyweight UFC Fighter Volkan Oezdemir, and fellow UFC Fighter, 155 lb Jordan Rinaldi, who will both fight at UFC London (UFC FN 147) on Saturday the 16th of March, featuring Darren Till vs Jorge Masvidal on ESPN+ 5.

Our own Shakiel “Shak” Mahjouri recently interviewed top-ranked Light Heavyweight UFC Fighter, Volkan Oezdemir, and fellow UFC Fighter, 155 lb Jordan Rinaldi, who will both fight at UFC London (UFC FN 147) event on Saturday the 16th of March, featuring Darren Till vs Jorge Masvidal on ESPN+ 5.

1st: Volkan Oezdemir, who will be fighting on the Main Card against Dominick Reyes, ’I still want to fight’ Alexander Gustafsson:

Oezdemir faced Anthony Smith on October 27, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 138, where he lost the fight via a rear-naked choke submission in the third round, bringing him to a 15-3-0 record. Volkan is scheduled to face Dominick Reyes at London’s UFC Fight Night 147 event.

In his exclusive BE Presents interview with Shak, Volkan chats about the life-changing charity work he was able to do through the UFC, how he is preparing for Jon Jones, despite his visa issues, and whether or not light-heavyweights are better off steering clear of Jon Jones. Most importantly, he makes his case for a fight vs. Alexander Gustafsson.

Questions can be found at:

  • 0:25 - What is Volkan Oezdemir doing when he isn’t fighting?
  • 1:23 - Volkan Oezdemir’s visa issues
  • 3:05 - Volkan Oezdemir on charity work
  • 7:00 - Volkan Oezdemir on coming off back-to-back losses
  • 8:08 - Volkan Oezdemir on Dominick Reyes fight
  • 9:55 - Volkan Oezdemir on the state of light-heavyweight
  • 11:28 - Are light-heavyweights better off fighting in other divisions?

* Timestamps which were made for the YouTube video interview will vary by a few seconds from the audio compilation podcast.


2nd: Jordan Rinaldi who will be fighting the featured Prelim bout says, MMA fighters ‘should be’ employees:

Shak also interviewed 155 lb UFC Fighter Jordan Rinaldi; who appears as the featured bout of the Prelims card at UFC London (UFC FN 147) on Saturday the 16th of March out of London, England, UK, featuring Darren Till vs Jorge Masvidal. All bouts will all appear on ESPN+ 5.

Rinaldi last faced Jason Knight on November 3, 2018 at UFC 230, where he won the fight via unanimous decision, bringing him to a 14-6-0 record. Rinaldi is expected to face Featherweight Arnold Allen, who has a 13-1-0 record, this weekend.

In his exclusive BE Presents interview with Shak, Jordan is an open book ahead of his fight with Arnold Allen at UFC London. Rinaldi expresses his belief that UFC fighters should be considered employees, breaks down why ESPN’s deal with PFL could flood the market, and ranks some of the best hair in MMA, including: Clay Guida and Elias Theodorou.

Questions can be found at:

  • 0:07 - Jordan Rinaldi answers questions about his hilariously crooked finger
  • 2:00 - Jordan Rinaldi on opponent Arnold Allen’s tenacity
  • 7:00 - Are more fighters putting business before glory?
  • 8:30 - Jordan Rinaldi on the future of unionization in MMA
  • 10:20 - Jordan Rinaldi thinks ESPN-PFL deal will flood the market
  • 12:10 - Jordan Rinaldi ranks the best hair in MMA
  • 15:30 - Jordan Rinaldi is looking for Fight of the Night vs. Arnold Allen

* Timestamps which were made for the YouTube video interview will vary by a few seconds from the audio compilation podcast.


You can follow Shak at, @ThisIsShak, or on the Pull No Punches Podcast with former UFC fighter, Kajan Johnson and our own Nick Baldwin.

For more on what Volkan and Jordan had to say, listen on the SC player above, or watch the video interviews on our BE Presents YouTube channel. As always, if you enjoyed our show, give us a “REC” here on Bloody Elbow, or give us a “like”, share & subscribe over on one of our other BE Presents Channels: SoundCloud, YouTube, iTunes & Apple TV , iHeartRadio, Stitcher, Spotify, Google Play, blubrry, TuneIn, OverCast, or Player FM – whichever one happens to be your listening platform of choice. While you’re there, don’t forget to subscribe to Bloody Elbow Presents; that way you’ll always be the first to get all of BE’s daily MMA offerings. For previous episodes of the show, check out our playlists on all of our BE Presents channels.

*Intro/Outro music on the audio production of the interviews has been provided by OxBow, starring Eugene S. Robinson.