Al Matavao had weight problems again ahead of the next Octagon 41 tournament. Due to the Samoan wrestler moving up the agreed weight, he still made the limit by a whopping 3 kilograms. How does the opponent Karlos Vémola react and will we even see the fight?
It was supposed to be a warm-up fight. After not having seen him in the cage for almost nine months, Karlos Vémola wanted to have one more fight before the most anticipated duel of the Czech MMA scene with Patrik Kinclo.
Oktagon arranged a fight with Al Matava. We could see the Samoan fighter in Oktagon in three fights. In the first one he lost on points to Samuel Kristofich, but in the other two fights his proverbial punches worked and he finished Salcak and Mazuch.
Just before the last fight with Mazuch, he had huge problems at the weigh-in, as he exceeded the set limit by an insane five kilograms. For that reason too, the fight with Vemola was arranged at a catchweight of 89 kg, but the limit was later moved to 92 kg because of the Samoan fighter.
But even that wasn’t enough, and he again tipped the scales by three kilograms on Friday, a number so big that Matavao certainly won’t be able to meet it in another two hours. So the Samoan will probably have to hand over part of his paycheck and the fight itself was in jeopardy.
But Vemola immediately brushed all speculation off and the fight with Matavao will be on. How did he react to his opponent’s next transfer?
“It’s not the first time,” Vémola said at the official weigh-in. “But this fight is definitely not about the weight, the important thing is to get him in the cage.”
“Of course it’s unpleasant. Everybody can overweight a little bit, but this is a big overweight.” “A lot of fighters probably wouldn’t take the fight, but I don’t care, I just want to fight.”
Source: Octagon MMA
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