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MMA Tournament Oktagon 15 in O2 arena Prague, Czech Republic
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Oktagon 15: Match of the century went down history

Nov 252019

Prague's O2 Arena has experienced another legendary tournament - Oktagon 15 that will go down in history forever. With a visit of more than 20,000 spectators, the popular MMA tournament has become the biggest event in the history of the O2 arena, and the spectators were definitely not bored throughout the whole evening. Many Oktagon fans suspected that the card of the last tournament in 2019 had several matches with KO potential, but no one expected that 9 out of 11 matches would last in the first round.

The first five matches of the evening went down in a frantic pace. Pavel Salčák finished Simon Michálek just before the end of the first round by TKO. The second match, between Oktagon Challenge 4 participant and multiple Thai boxing world champion Slovak Lucia Krajčovič and Czech fighter Barbora Cypriánová, for whom it was the first professional match in her career, was won by Slovak fighter, who ended the rival in the first round. The third match between Slovak Vojta Barborík and German Alexander Bělov was won by Barborík, who ended his opponent in fourth minute of first round with an arm-triangle. David Hošek won the fourth match against Jakub Běle by TKO just before the end of the first round. Mateusz Legierski, who knocked out Czech fighter Jakub Bahník and asked promoters for title fight in lightweight, won fifth match of the prelims.

Match between local hero Miloš Meloun Petrášek and Danish fighter Joachim Christensem, was the only prelim fight, which took more than one round, and was decided by judges. The battle was tight, but most viewers saw a little more dominance by Meloun. All the more surprising was the announcement of results, according to which won Christensen.

Czech actor Jakub Štáfek and Slovak Petr Benko took care of a great show in the first match of the main card within the culmination of the project X. Štáfek was favourite of this match and so there was no surprise when he knocked out Benko cold in 1:09 of the first round. This match was followed by the second and last long battle, which was won after three attractive rounds by Robert Bryczek, who defeated Brazilian Leandro Silva. Another Oktagon celebrity Gábor Boráros showed one of the best walk-ins in history, but unfortunately he was unlucky in the match.  His Brazilian rival Kaik Brito cut Gabors forehead wide open just under first minute of the match by jumped knee and the match had to be ended. One of the biggest surprises of the evening was the fight between local heavyweight star Michal Martínek and experienced UFC veteran Viktor Pešta. Nobody gave Martínek too many chances so everyone went crazy, when he defeated Pešta at 2:49 after he broke his jaw.

The attractive evening ended the most anticipated match of the century between Slovak Bellator belt holder Attila Vegh and Czech UFC veteran and 11 matches unbeaten fighter Karlos Vemola. Vemola was a favourite from the beginning, and during the press conferences and interviews he seemed absolutely confident, which slightly changed during the last official weighing, the day before the match, when he saw Attila in his life form. The match was full of action from the beginning and was fully directed by Attilly Vegha, who to the amazement of many fans finished Vemola with a hard right hand at 2:07.

 

The atmosphere in the O2 arena was incredible and we are already looking forward to the Oktagon 16, which will take place in Ostrava in March 2020.

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