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Thursday, May 07, 2015

UFC FN 65: Alptekin Ozkilic Says Flyweight Division is “Lacking Personalities”

Alptekin Ozkilic (photo via UFC.com)

By FCF Staff

Although many fans understand that the UFC’s flyweight division offers some of the promotion’s most frenetic and entertaining action, others, including some of its fighters, say it needs an extra push.

One man who agrees with that narrative is flyweight Alptekin Ozkilic, who is scheduled to fight Ben Nguyen this Saturday at UFC FN 65. Recently “The Turkish Delight” spoke to UFC.com about the upcoming bout, as well as the 125 division, and Ozkilic had this to say:

“The problem with our division is we are lacking personalities,” Ozkilic said. “There is no charisma in the division. I think I am what the flyweight division needs. I know I am a colorful character. I’m presentable and marketable and if given the opportunity I know I can build a great fan base. There are Turkish UFC fans all over the world. Once you promote me, trust me, you can have me fight in Germany to Australia and I will sell tickets. I love representing and showing my Turkish roots. I hope to be an ambassador for my culture as I progress in the sport.”

“There is also a huge market in Turkey. My dream is to bring the UFC to Turkey one day and be the main event…Everybody is focused on certain people. I do my best to self-promote but not enough. I have to worry about training not social media. As of now I need to focus on my next fight, win and keep winning.”

Ozkilic(9-3) is coming off a kncckout loss to John Lineker last July, while Nguyen (13-5) is arriving in the UFC with a seven fight winning streak.

UFC FN 65 will take place in Adelaide, Australia.

posted by FCF Staff @ 8:00 am
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