Interview with David Zawada above
David Zawada (17-7) discusses his welterweight fight against Erhan Kartal (10-1) at Oktagon 33 on June 4th. David also spoke about being released from the UFC, why he signed with Oktagon and how he’s not in a rush to re-sign with the UFC.
“The UFC was very nice, of course the highest target is to the be the champion of the best. And the best is UFC now. But will see, you know? Oktagon is really fast growing MMA organization in Europe. So they also make very good shows, I like to watch. We’ll see how I preform there. When I can be a part of Oktagon, why not? I have a one year contract with three fights. Then we will see if I can get to be the champion. The future now is Erhan Kartal, to beat this guy and make a good performance from the fans.”
OKTAGON 33 takes place at the iconic Festhalle Frankfurt in Germany on Saturday 4th June and represents the next phase of the promotion’s European expansion. The history-making card will be the first time that OKTAGON MMA have held a show across the Czech-Slovak border and marks the first time that the stunning venue will hold an MMA event.
In the evening’s main event, two-weight OKTAGON MMA champion, Ivan Buchinger (39-7), will defend his lightweight title for the first time against undefeated interim belt holder, Losene Keita (8-0), in an anticipated matchup. Furthermore, in what is being billed as ‘The Battle for Germany’, two national pioneers of the sport will go head-to-head in a light heavyweight showdown when ‘King Kong’ Martin Zawada (29-16-1) meets wrestling phenom, Stephan Puetz (20-5).
OKTAGON 33 will also feature a plethora of top talent and big names from across the continent including former professional footballer, Christian Eckerlin (14-5), UFC veteran, David Zawada (17-7), and Czech superstar, Karlos Vemola (31-6).
Covering MMA since 2008, James Lynch is a freelance MMA journalist for MyMMANews and other notable outlets. He’s also a commentator for Rise Fighting Championships. Follow him on Twitter/Instagram @LynchOnSports