OKTAGON MMA are expanding further internationally this year with the UK and Ireland being an important focus for the top European promotion. It was recently revealed that the organisation are launching the ‘Stage to the Cage’ project, where two UK celebrities will train MMA for ten months before facing each other in late 2023 at the first ever OKTAGON MMA event in England.
John Hathaway, Lee Chadwick and James Lewis are Englishmen who signed deals with the company last year, but they are now being joined by some new additions.
Rock (8-1) is one of the hottest talents emerging from the UK and has a devastating 100% finishing rate, with all but one of those victories coming in the very first round. He has an incredible backstory which saw him flee from his hometown of Liverpool, spend many years abroad on the run from police and going to prison for a crime he didn’t commit. The 29-year-old trains at one of the best gyms in the country, Next Gen MMA, alongside scouse stars Paddy Pimblett and Molly McCann. Rock has already put all of the OKTAGON MMA lightweights, and some of the featherweights too, on notice!
Etebar (8-2) has won seven of his professional victories by stoppage and is known for his aggressive style inside the cage. The Englishman, who recently competed for the LFL welterweight title, has finished opponents in six, ten and sixteen seconds proving he is highly dangerous from the off. He is ready to display his fan-friendly style to new audiences and show the best version of himself yet in his new home.