‘The Pirate’ knocks out ‘The Terminator’ — Samuel Krištofič on the emotional rollercoaster of fighting Karlos Vemola at Oktagon 51

Karlos Vemola is an icon capable of sending shivers down the spine of any man who dare set foot in the cage with him, but not Samuel Krištofič — he’s not scared of anyone.

The process of fighting ‘The Terminator’ isn’t for the fainthearted. The MMA legend is more than just a mere athlete. With star quality radiating from his being, the quality grappler generates enormous attention, thanks to his flashy cars and the lions and tigers he has wandering around his garden. Thus, it comes as no surprise that most of his opponents crumble before the opening bell. However, at Oktagon 51 at the O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic, ‘Pirat’ didn’t fold — he thrived.

Standing in the centre of the cage, the underdog listened to the sound of his rival’s ‘Terminator’ walkout song, knowing that his entire legacy rested on winning the fight.

After emerging victorious in the Oktagon: Challenge TV series, and picking up an interim title, Krištofič’s career spiralled, with the Slovakian losing three consecutive contests. But rather than let the results weigh him down, he used them as the fuel to his fire to produce the best performance of his career.


The 20,000 fans watched in awe, as the 34-year-old landed the shot that would change his life forever. Rendering the European MMA scene speechless, Krištofič’connected on his arch nemesis with a brutal right hand that left the biggest name in the promotion in a state of unconsciousness.

Samuel Krištofič solidified his legacy at Oktagon 51 with a devastating finish over Karlos Vemola

The moment left the victor in a state of shock, not quite knowing how to react to his achievement. Coping with the circus of everything that comes with Vemola is no easy task, especially considering he’s been dealing with it since he first ignited his rivalry with the Czech, on Oktagon Challenge many years ago.

But once the dust settled, Krištofič realised the magnitude of what he’d just done and took an overwhelming sense of confidence, knowing that he still has what it takes to compete at the very top of the organisation.

At the post-fight press conference, he told Sporf: “Today was an emotional rollercoaster after getting that win. I didn’t know whether to scream, laugh, or cry, and it filled me with happiness knowing I can still win big fights like this.”

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