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OKTAGON 53: Full card, start time and where to watch as Katharina Dalisda defends strawweight title

OKTAGON head to Germany for the first time this year as Katharina Dalisda (10-3) defends her belt for the first time against Eva Dourthe (8-5) in a rematch.

The pair first met back in 2021 and it was Dalisda who picked up a unanimous decision victory on that occasion.

Dourthe hasn’t lost since that meeting and secured her shot at the championship by defeating Chiara Penco last December.

The Frenchwoman hopes she can even the score in their sporting rivalry this Saturday, picking up gold in the process while ‘Tigress’ can become the most successful female athlete ever in the organisation if she can extend her winning streak to six.

The highly anticipated promotional debut of lethal finisher, Islam Dulatov (9-1), features in the co-main event.

One of the biggest rising talents in the country will face ‘Greek Emperor’, John Palaiologos (20-12-1), at welterweight.

Palaiologos is no stranger to travelling into Germany and upsetting a local superstar having submitted Christian Jungwirth in September.

In another feature bout, surging welterweight, Miroslav Broz (16-3-1), squares off with debuting Englishman, Tom Crosby (8-3-1), where a finish will be very likely.

Talented grappler, Hojat Khajevand (7-3), clashes with the returning David Zawada (18-9), fresh off a stint with the PFL, in an important middleweight contest.

Elsewhere on the card, former Glory kickboxer, Cihad Akipa (6-1), drops down to welterweight to meet Croatian veteran, Ivica Truscek (42-39).

Exciting strikers will throw down when Jan Malach (15-14) goes against Gokhan Aksu (11-6-1) at lightweight and Jaroslav Pokorny (16-10) looks to take Shem Rock off his mind for one evening when he faces promotional newcomer, Gjoni Palokaj (7-3), in a featherweight matchup.

OKTAGON 53 will be broadcast worldwide on DAZN in all markets except from CZ/SK/DE. In Germany, the event will be available exclusively on PPV.

Fans in the UK/Ireland can tune in on Channel 4 and RMC Sport will broadcast the event for viewers in France. The action begins at 5pm GMT/6pm CET/12pm ET/9am CT.

 

OKTAGON 53 full card

Main Event - OKTAGON MMA Women's Strawweight Title (c) Katharina Dalisda (10-3) vs Eva Dourthe (8-5)

Co-Main Event Islam Dulatov (9-1) vs. John Palaiologos (20-12-1)

Welterweight bout Miroslav Broz (16-3-1) vs. Tom Crosby (8-3-1)

Middleweight bout Hojat Khajevand (7-3) vs. David Zawada (18-9)

Welterweight bout Cihad Akipa (6-1) vs. Ivica Truscek (42-39)

Preliminary Card

Catchweight bout (74kg/163lbs) Jan Malach (15-14) vs. Gokhan Aksu (11-6-1)

Featherweight bout Jaroslav Pokorny (16-10) vs. Gjoni Palokaj (7-3)

Welterweight bout Endrit Brajshori (2-1) vs. Jan Fajk (4-0)

Welterweight bout Emir-Can Al (Pro Debut) vs. Tomas Votava (Pro Debut)

Featherweight bout Sami Zarabi (3-1) vs. Jakub Batfalsky (3-0)

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