Oktagon MMA’s switch to open scoring didn’t make much of a difference for Samuel Kristofic.
A 34-year-old Slovakian middleweight, Kristofic starched UFC veteran Karlos Vemola with a brutal first-round knockout in less than two minutes on Friday at Oktagon 51. Despite coming into the bout as more than a 4-to-1 betting underdog, Kristofic sent Vemola toppling with a picture-perfect two-punch combination, then followed up with one more right hand for good measure as Vemola slowly crashed to the canvas.
The stoppage officially came at 1:48 of the opening round.
Video of Kristofic’s ferocious fight-ending sequence can be watched below.
Kristofic (17-6) snapped a two-fight losing skid with his performance, while Vemola (36-8) suffered just his second defeat over his past 11 bouts.
Oktagon 51 took place Dec. 29 at the O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic.