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OKTAGON 55: Fight card, start time and where to watch as Christian Jungwirth battles Robert Pukac

OKTAGON MMA head to Stuttgart for the very first time this weekend with a fight card packed full of entertaining bouts.

In the welterweight main event, fan-favourite, Christian Jungwirth (14-8), steps back into action for the first time since September against Robert Pukač (16-12-1) in a rematch from two years ago.

During that contest, the Slovakian quit on the stool at the end of the second round, resulting in an anticlimactic conclusion. Since then, Pukač has changed camps which has breathed fresh life into his career and Jungwirth has risen to become one of OKTAGON MMA’s biggest stars.

‘The Kelt’ could not wish for a better comeback in front of his hometown crowd, who will provide an unbelievable atmosphere to spur on their own in a new chapter of his story.

The man known as ‘Ironside’, Alexander Poppeck (16-5), collides with UFC veteran, Jeremy Kimball (19-10), during the light heavyweight co-headliner.

Poppeck came up short in an interim title bout last June, which signalled his first loss in the organisation, and has been away honing his craft for the past year.

He now hopes to remind the division of the force he can be opposite ‘Grizzly’, who wants to make a statement of his own in a new weight class. Anything could happen when these two throw down on Saturday night!

Top Hungarian fighter, Mate Kertesz (14-7, 1NC), takes on all-action fighter, Niklas Stolze (13-6), at welterweight.

The division really rose to prominence over the past year due to the €1million Tipsport Gamechanger tournament and with the title currently vacant, the opportunity is there for anyone to rapidly climb the rankings.

Stolze had an impressive return to OKTAGON MMA last year by knocking out Kalasnik in the first round and Kertesz wants to show his best days are still ahead of him. The winner here could put themselves in the title picture over the coming months.

In other feature bouts, OKTAGON Challenge Germany participant, Jaime Cordero (4-2), clashes with fellow finisher, Dominic Schober (13-11), in a middleweight contest that promises a spectacular stoppage.

Furthermore, dangerous striker, Karol Rysavy (13-6), meets top German prospect, Arijan Topallaj (6-0-1), at lightweight in an intriguing matchup.

Elsewhere on the card, knockout artist, Jakub Bahník (9-4, 1NC), goes against promotional newcomer, Wahid Najand (7-2), in a 74kg/163lbs catchweight bout.

It is also a big night for the women in Stuttgart as Lucia Szabova (6-0) returns to MMA for the first time in three years after giving birth to her daughter and former strawweight title challenger, Jacinta Austin (5-2), faces Invicta FC and Contender Series veteran, Karolina Wojcik (11-4).

OKTAGON 55 will be broadcast live on OKTAGON.TV internationally as well as worldwide on the global platform, DAZN, in all markets except from CZ/SK/DE.

Fans in the UK/Ireland can tune in on Channel 4 and RMC Sport/DAZN will broadcast the event for viewers in France. The action begins at 5pm GMT/6pm CET/1pm ET/10am CT.


OKTAGON 55 Fight Card

Main Event - Welterweight Bout
Christian Jungwirth (14-8) vs. Robert Pukac (16-12-1)
Light Heavyweight Bout
Alexander Poppeck (16-5) vs. Jeremy Kimball (19-10)
Welterweight Bout
Máté Kertesz (14-7, 1NC) vs. Niklas Stolze (13-6)
Middleweight Bout
Jaime Cordero (4-2) vs. Dominic Schober (13-11)
Heavyweight Bout
Ruben Wolf (12-12) vs. Sebastian Herzberg (4-0)
Catchweight (86kg/190lbs) Bout
Zdenek Polivka (9-7) vs. Ion Taburceanu (6-2)

Preliminary Card

Lightweight Bout
Karol Rysavy (13-6) vs. Arijan Topallaj (6-0-1)
Light Heavyweight Bout
Jorick Montagnac (5-2) vs. Sebastian Heil (7-2)
Featherweight Bout
Michael Deiga-Scheck (10-5) vs. Nikolaos Serbezis (8-3)
Bantamweight Bout
Lucia Szabova (6-0) vs. Roza Gumienna (5-3)
Catchweight (74kg/163lbs) Bout
Jakub Bahník (9-4, 1NC) vs. Wahid Najand (7-2)
Strawweight Bout
Jacinta Austin (5-2) vs. Karolina Wojcik (11-4)

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