OKTAGON MMA’s first event of 2023 takes place this Saturday night and it will be the biggest card that Munich, Germany has ever seen!
As OKTAGON 39 rapidly approaches, Bryan Lacey returns with another episode of OKTAGON HYPE to get fans in the mood for the weekend by highlighting some of the key matchups that will unfold. OKTAGON NEWS is back after popular demand (bigger and better than before) while the recently announced opening round contests in the €1 million Tipsport Gamechanger welterweight tournament are also discussed.
Undefeated lightweight champion, Losene Keita (9-0), gives an exclusive interview ahead of his debut at 145lbs against Samuel Bark on Saturday night – a bout which many are tipping to steal the show. The top European prospect talks about his ambition to become a double belt holder, his simmering rivalry with featherweight king, Mate Sanikidze, and his ideal plans for the year. Significant quotes from the interview and the full episode can be seen below.
Keita: “Samuel Bark is a very good fighter. He’s got a hard chin, very hard, it’s tough to break. I know that but like I say, if it’s fifteen minutes, I’ve already shown you guys I can throw for twenty-five minutes. Even if they don’t go down, I can still throw. For me, it’s a win but it’s going to be a tough fight. I don’t expect an easy fight. I never expect it so maybe that mentality is good to make sure there are no surprises.”
OKTAGON HYPE is a magazine show for international audiences featuring the latest news, exclusive interviews, event recaps, card previews and much more. It also allows MMA fans from all around the world to learn about the backstories of the promotion’s biggest stars (many of which are mainstream, household names in different regions) through different insight segments. Every two weeks, a new episode is released on the OKTAGON MMA UK & Ireland YouTube channel.