After a successful UK debut at the AO Arena in Manchester, Oktagon MMA is thrilled to announce a second show on British soil, with this one taking place in Newcastle.
On November 4, the Czech promotion arrived with a bang, giving fans an array of electric moments. From Jake Quickenden knocking out Paul Smith, to cancer survivor Aaron Aby falling narrowly short to Elias Garcia, and even Ion Surdu upsetting the applecart to finish Alex Lohore, the card had a little bit of everything. And therefore, it comes as no surprise that the organisation can’t wait to do it all over again.
This time, the European powerhouse will take, ‘Gogi’ the gorilla and their incredible light show, up to Newcastle at the Utilita Arena on January 27, giving North East fight fans a great way to see in the new year.
Pavol Neruda, co-founder of OKTAGON MMA, commented: “We are so pleased to be bringing OKTAGON MMA to the UK. This is testament to the incredible work of the whole OKTAGON MMA family, from our staff to our amazing fighters. We know that we will offer UK fans something different from what they are used to.
“Newcastle is a beautiful city, and the Utilita is a fantastic venue. We want to grow the sport in the North of England. We cannot wait to bring OKTAGON MMA to the Geordies.
“Newcastle will be the first of four OKTAGON MMA shows in the UK in 2024. The timeline will be announced in due course, but we can confirm that Birmingham will follow Newcastle.”
What fights will feature on Oktagon 52 in Newcastle?
While nothing is officially confirmed for the card, MMA enthusiasts are positively salivating at the prospect of a match-up between Jack Cartwright and Jonas Mågård.
Following a stunning first-round submission victory over Júnior Assis, the Mancunian called out the former Oktagon champion, causing a huge ruckus in the cage.
Claiming the Dane’s own training partners don’t even think he’d emerge the victor, Cartwright wasn’t shy of putting his rival in his place. However, with the steely confidence that saw him reach the pinnacle of the promotion, Mågård asserted that he’s the ‘People’s Champ’ and will make the ex-Cage Warriors King eat his words.
And in another potential collision, Geordie Shore star, Aaron Chalmers, has taken to social media to call out Jake Quickenden.
He said: ”This is a message for Jake Quickenden. I saw your MMA debut the other day. It was very impressive.
“I’ve been out of the MMA loop for four years now. But I know Oktagon has a big show in Newcastle, and I am the hometown hero. You are 1-0, and I haven’t stepped foot in an MMA ring for four years. Let’s get the party started!”
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