OKTAGON MMA are making promotional history once again by holding back-to-back shows across two nights for the first time ever. Within days of going on sale, all tickets for the original Saturday event (July 29) sold out so we added an extra card on Friday (July 28) in order for as many of our loyal fans as possible to participate in the event of the summer. This show has always been a favourite of the public due to the relaxed summer vibes and stunning setting.
Staged under the night sky of Prague on a beautiful island, Štvanice, the weekend will showcase some of OKTAGON MMA’s biggest stars culminating in a huge featherweight title unification bout between Mate Sanikidze and Losene Keita – one of the biggest fights to take place in Europe this year.
These will be our last ever events held in Štvanice so tune in to experience this spectacle one final time.
OKTAGON Štvanice Friday kicks off the event of the summer on July 28 and is headlined by an intriguing clash for the bantamweight title featuring one of the continent’s best at 135lbs.
Jonas Mågård (15-5) turned in the performance of his career during his last outing against UFC veteran, Gustavo Lopez, to defend his belt by TKO finish in the second round. ‘Shark’ now faces the challenge of newly signed, FCR champion, Felipe Lima (11-1), who hasn’t tasted defeat since his professional debut eight years ago. The pair do not like each other and exchanged heated words at the OKTAGON TIME press conference many months ago. Will Mågård extend his dominant run or can Lima raise gold in the most important fight of his life?
The next contender for Patrik Kincl’s middleweight belt will be decided in the co-main event when oncoming wrecking ball, Robert Bryczek (16-5), collides with former interim champion, Samuel ‘Pirát’ Krištofič (16-5). Bryczek has been absolutely unstoppable as of late, finishing his last four opponents, including tough UK veteran, Lee Chadwick, by knockout in less than three minutes. ‘Pirát’ is moving back up to 185lbs, which is his natural weight class, and has never been stopped in his career. Both men will be looking to impress and prove they are the rightful next in line for a crack at Kincl’s crown.
Following a draw in his promotional debut, Shem Rock (8-1-1) aims to bounce back and show what he is truly capable of against fan-favourite, Jan Malach (15-13), in a lightweight contest. The Team Ireland coach on the upcoming series of OKTAGON Challenge: England vs. Ireland was dealing with lingering injury issues and a late opponent change in April but sees Malach as the perfect opponent to display his skills. With 18 finishes between them, the chance of this fight going the distance is slim.
In other feature bouts, boxing champion, Vladimír Lengál (5-1), intends on making it six knockout wins in row when he faces well-rounded, Michael Deiga-Scheck (9-4), at featherweight and top Hungarian fighter, Máté Kertész (13-6), meets the man known as ‘Dracula’, Ion Surdu (12-5), in a welterweight bout. The main card will open with another exciting welterweight clash between all-action, Tato Primera (18-13), and knockout machine, Radovan Úškrt (7-4).
Elsewhere on the card, one of the biggest personalities in OKTAGON MMA, ‘Baba Jaga’ Václav Mikulášek (9-10), guarantees fireworks when he squares off with Norwegian, Ole Magnor (7-7), at middleweight and gifted striker, Radek Roušal, makes his long-awaited MMA debut in a featherweight bout. In another first, Polish kickboxer, Róża Gumienna (4-3), competes at bantamweight against a mystery opponent who will only be revealed to the fans on her walk to the cage.
OKTAGON Štvanice Friday will be broadcast live on OKTAGON.TV internationally as well as worldwide on the global platform, DAZN, in all markets except from DACH and CZ/SK. The action begins at 5.30pm GMT/6.30pm CET/12.30pm ET/9.30am CT.
OKTAGON Štvanice Friday Fight Card
July 28th – Štvanice, Prague, Czech Republic
OKTAGON MMA Interim Bantamweight Title
(c) Jonas Mågård (15-5) vs. Felipe Lima (11-1)
Middleweight #1 Contender Bout
Robert Bryczek (16-5) vs. Samuel ‘Pirát’ Krištofič (16-5)
Vladimír Lengál (5-1) vs. Michael Deiga-Scheck (9-4)
Máté Kertész (13-6) vs. Ion Surdu (12-5)
Jan Malach (15-13) vs. Shem Rock (8-1-1)
Tato Primera (18-13) vs. Radovan Úškrt (7-4)
Ole Magnor (7-7) vs. ‘Baba Jaga’ Václav Mikulášek (9-10)
Zbyněk Vlček (Pro Debut) vs. Gabriel Török (4-7-1)
Radek Roušal (Pro Debut) vs. Kostas Bozidis (0-3)
Mystery Fighter vs. Róża Gumienna (4-3)
On July 29, we are back for a second night of exhilarating action at OKTAGON Štvanice Saturday in the open air with a main event that is one of the biggest in promotional history between two of the best prospects worldwide.
Both Mate Sanikidze (10-2) and Losene Keita (11-0) made their OKTAGON MMA debuts in 2021 and have been on a collision course ever since. Keita stopped Slovak legend, Ivan Buchinger, inside one round last June to win the lightweight belt and a couple of months later, Sanikidze defeated top Czech talent, Jakub Tichota, to claim featherweight gold. The undefeated Belgian sensation then dropped down a weight class to pursue ‘champ champ’ status but an injury to Sanikidze thwarted their original fight booking.
While the Georgian prospect recovered, Keita won the interim featherweight title which raised the stakes for their upcoming showdown even higher. Will Sanikidze become the first man to defeat his adversary or can Keita become a unified double champion? European MMA doesn’t get any better than this.
OKTAGON MMA light heavyweight champion, Karlos Vémola (34-7), makes a quick comeback in the co-headliner after falling short in his middleweight title grudge match against Patrik Kincl two months ago. ‘The Terminator’ wants to get back in the win column following his first loss in four years when he meets Argentinian MMA standout, Lucas Alsina (11-4), at a catchweight of 91kg/201lbs. Some big fights are still on the horizon for the Czech superstar but he has to get past the RCC and Bellator veteran in order to reach them.
The first ever OKTAGON MMA double champion, Ivan Buchinger (39-8), returns at OKTAGON Štvanice Saturday after a year-long layoff due to an injury that forced him to relinquish his featherweight belt. ‘Buki’ will welcome promotional newcomer, Abou Tounkara (9-4), to the cage in a lightweight bout and knows that it could be his last chance to make another title charge. Tounkara intends on making an immediate impact by knocking off the veteran, thus inserting himself towards the top of the division.
Former Glory kickboxer, Daniel Škvor (5-3), competes inside the same venue he scored a big knockout in last year against Swedish giant, Nermin Hajdarpašić (4-1-1), at light heavyweight. In another feature bout, Bulgarian tank, Lazar Todev (8-5), looks to continue the momentum he received from upsetting Adam Pałasz when he takes on dangerous finisher, Wallyson Carvalho (13-8), in an important heavyweight contest. Furthermore, Akonne Wanliss (6-2) makes his highly anticipated OKTAGON MMA debut following his Team England coaching stint on the upcoming series of OKTAGON Challenge: England vs. Ireland against submission threat, Giorgi Gogotchuri (4-2), at lightweight.
Elsewhere on the card, there will be additional British interest when young talent, Callum Mullen (5-1, 1NC), faces Slovakian prospect, Roman Paulus (9-3), in a featherweight bout and English hardman, James Lewis (8-4), squares off with ‘C-4’, Vladislav Kanchev (12-7-2), at welterweight. Thai boxing champion, Samuel Bark (8-2), also aims for his first win in the promotion opposite German, Eduard Kexel (8-1), in a featherweight fight.
OKTAGON Štvanice Saturday will be broadcast live on OKTAGON.TV internationally as well as worldwide on the global platform, DAZN, in all markets except from DACH and CZ/SK. The action begins at 5.30pm GMT/6.30pm CET/12.30pm ET/9.30am CT.
OKTAGON Štvanice Saturday Fight Card
July 29th – Štvanice, Prague, Czech Republic
OKTAGON MMA Undisputed Featherweight Title
(c) Mate Sanikidze (10-2) vs. (ic) Losene Keita (11-0)
Karlos Vémola (34-7) vs. Lucas Alsina (11-4)
Ivan Buchinger (39-8) vs. Abou Tounkara (9-4)
Daniel Škvor (5-3) vs. Nermin Hajdarpašić (4-1-1)
Lazar Todev (8-5) vs. Wallyson Carvalho (13-8)
Jan Široký (12-15, 1NC) vs. Ondřej Petrášek (7-1)
Samuel Bark (8-2) vs. Eduard Kexel (8-1)
Akonne Wanliss (6-2) vs. Giorgi Gogotchuri (4-2)
Roman Paulus (9-3) vs. Callum Mullen (5-1, 1NC)
James Lewis (8-4) vs. Vladislav Kanchev (12-7-2)
Ivan Klevets (Pro Debut) vs. Nikolaos Serbezis (7-3