Karlos Vemola is renowned in the MMA world as the OKTAGON light-heavyweight champion. He recently faced off against his rival Samuel Kristofic in a much-anticipated rematch at the O2 Arena in Prague.
But the match took an unexpected turn, leaving Vemola in dire need of medical assistance.
Vemola dropped down to the middleweight division to settle his rivalry with Kristofic. The two have been rivals for years now.
Despite the prolonged build-up to the match, it culminated swiftly in the ring. Kristofic delivered a combination that knocked Vemola out cold.
The anticipated showdown which had been growing for years lasted only one round. Samuel Kristofic’s striking combination left the Czech Republic legend Vemola incapacitated. He ended up collapsing to the canvas as the referee swiftly intervened to prevent further damage.
Following the KO, Vemola required immediate medical attention as he was unable to rise to his feet. Spectators were left in surprise at the sudden stoppage of the match.
UNBELIEVABLE KNOCKOUT 👊🏼
‘Pirát’ Krištofič 🇸🇰 stops Vémola emphatically in the first round.
Years of trash-talk and rivalry has just been put to rest.
What a spectacular moment! #OKTAGON51
— OKTAGON MMA (@OktagonOfficial) December 29, 2023
One comment read: “Pirát’ Krištofič with a super late entry for KO of the Year.”
Another user commented: “I mean my god. Vemola fell in slow motion.”
A different comment read: “Brutal knockout and beautiful reffing.”
Vemola is recognized not just for his MMA prowess but also for his unconventional lifestyle surrounded by creatures like sharks, lions, and crocodiles. He lives with his wife, Playboy model Lela.
Karlos Vemola entered the bout with a recent victory, claiming the light-heavyweight title in a seven-second knockout just a few months prior. In June, he is scheduled for a rematch against Attila Vegh. The two will compete in the main event at Prague’s Fortuna Arena football stadium.
Vemola had previously faced Attila in 2019 and lost to him. Therefore, it remains to be seen whether Vemola is fit for the upcoming match after this surprising knockout defeat.