Karlos Vemola

Karel "Karlos" Vémola (born July 1, 1985) is a Czech professional mixed martial artist, former bodybuilder, wrestler and member of Sokol. A professional competitor since 2008, he became historically the first UFC fighter from the Czech Republic, and has also competed for UCMMA,

Karlos Vémola
Born (1985-07-01) July 1, 1985 (age 35)
Olomouc, Czechoslovakia
Other namesThe Terminator
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)
Light Heavyweight
Reach75.0 in (191 cm)
Fighting out ofLondon, England
TeamLondon Shootfighters
Years active2008–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout8
By submission13
By decision6
By knockout1
By submission3
By decision2
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog


Karel Vémola (Jr.) began training in Greco-Roman wrestling at the age of six under the leadership of his father Karel Vémola and Vojtěch Smolák in Olomouc Sokol of which he is still a member.[1]

From the age of 10 until 16, Vemola won six national wrestling titles, and is also a one-time winner of the Czech Republic Wrestling Team Championship as a youth team member of the Krnov wrestling team.[2]

After his parents divorced he moved with his mother from Hanakia to the Bohemia. He resided in the Litice nad Orlicí and he started to train in the gym in Žamberk and he became a classic physique bodybuilder.[3]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early MMA and bodybuilding careerEdit

Karlos Vémola moved to England to pursue bodybuilding.[3]

There he became a bouncer in Tottenham.[3] He worked as a bouncer in nightclub, which is next to the Tottenham police Station.[4][5]

At a qualification tournament for British Championship of Bodybuilding he attempted to compete in the Junior Division but because he registered too late he had to compete in the Senior Division which he ended up winning. Because of this victory he was not allowed to compete at the Junior level of the championship so he refused to participate.[3]

While working at his job as a bouncer he threw two men out of the nightclub who turned out to be MMA fighters. This led to his being asked by Alan Mortlock to fight in the Cage Fighters mixed martial arts organization.[3][4][5][6] Karlos Vémola began unofficial and underground fighting at age of 21.[3] Vémola made his professional MMA debut in 2008 when his weight was 255 lbs. Previously he fought in various street fights and underground fighting events.[3][4][5]

Vémola won his first seven professional fights all via opening round stoppages in fights held in England by the Cage Fighters Championships and Ultimate Challenge MMA organizations. In the Cage Fighters Championship Karlos Vémola was the European Heavyweight Champion and World Heavyweight Champion.

He currently trains with the London Shootfighters team alongside MMA notables Alex Reid, John Hathaway and Michael Page.

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

In April 2010, Karlos Vémola signed with the UFC. Vémola made his debut at UFC 116 against Jon Madsen.[7] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Following his first professional loss, Vémola decided to drop down to the Light Heavyweight division.[8] He faced Seth Petruzelli on November 13, 2010 at UFC 122 and won the fight via TKO in the first round, picking up his first victory in the UFC, becoming the first man to defeat Petruzelli by strikes, and also earning Knockout of the Night Honors.

Vémola was expected to face Brazilian Luiz Cane on March 19, 2011, at UFC 128.[9] However, Vémola was forced out of the bout with an injury[10] and replaced by Eliot Marshall.[11]

Vémola was expected to face Stephan Bonnar on August 14, 2011 at UFC on Versus 5.[12] However, an injury has forced Bonnar to withdraw from the bout. Newcomer Ronny Markes stepped in for the injured Bonnar to face Vémola.[13] Vémola lost the fight via unanimous decision (30-27 on all cards).[14]

Vémola was expected to face promotional newcomer Ryan Jimmo on January 20, 2012 at UFC on FX 1.[15] However, Jimmo was forced from the bout with an injury and the bout was scrapped.[16]

Vémola faced Mike Massenzio in his Middleweight debut on May 5, 2012 at UFC on Fox 3.[17] Vémola won by second round submission via rear-naked choke.

Vémola quickly returned to face Francis Carmont at UFC on Fuel TV: Munoz vs. Weidman. He lost the fight via submission in the second round.

Vémola was expected to face former WEC Middleweight Champion Chris Leben on December 29, 2012 at UFC 155.[18] However, Vémola was forced out of the bout and replaced by promotional newcomer Derek Brunson.[19]

Vémola faced Caio Magalhães on June 8, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 10.[20] Despite a dominant first round, Vémola lost the fight via rear naked choke submission in the second round and was subsequently released from the promotion.

Ultimate Challenge MMAEdit

In his first fight after being released by the UFC, Karlos Vémola won the UCMMA Middleweight Champion by defeating then-champion Denniston Sutherland via unanimous decision on August 3, 2013.

Vémola was to fight against Mahmoud "Steel Man" Salama on February 1, 2014 at UCMMA 38.[21] However, Salama announced that he was withdrawing from his fight against Vémola and replaced by Marvin Campbell. But Campbell did not attend the official Weigh-In and he weighed shortly before the start of the event. It should be a light heavyweight bout but Campbell weighed 215 lb. Vémola defeated Campbell in the first round via submission.

Return to the Czech RepublicEdit

After he became UCMMA champion, Vémola decided he should fight in his homeland.

Karlos Vémola signed a contract for two fights with Czech MMA Association[22] and for one fight with Gladiator Championship Fighting. One of the owners of GCF is famous Czech mixed martial artist Michal Hamršmíd.

Czech MMA artist and trainer Petr "Monster" Kníže insulted Karlos Vémola on social network and called him out.[22] Some parts of Kníže martial arts career are unknown and his official MMA record by Sherdog is 3-0 (before fight with Karlos Vémola)[23] but Czech MMA Association promoted his record as 21–0.[24][25][26] Karlos Vémola accepted and both would face on November 10, 2013 at MMMA Arena 2 for middleweight title.[27] Vémola won in third round by technical submission.

His next fight was in Prague. He fought longtime GCF Middleweight Champion Tomáš "Thor" Kužela for the GFC Middleweight Championship on December 7, 2013 at GCF 26: Fight Night. Vémola won in the first round by submission.[28][29]

His next fight in Bohemia will be with Polish MMA artist, Sanda and Muay Thai kickboxer Piotr Strus at MMAA Arena 3.[30]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial artsEdit

  • Ultimate Fighting Championship
  • Cage Fighters Championship
    • Cage Fighters Championship World Heavyweight Champion (One time)
    • Cage Fighters Championship European Heavyweight Champion (One time)
  • Ultimate Challenge MMA
    • Ultimate Challenge MMA Middleweight Champion
    • Ultimate Challenge MMA Light Heavyweight Champion
  • Gladiator Championship Fighting
    • Gladiator Championship Fighting Middleweight Champion
  • Czech MMA Association
    • Czech MMA Association Middleweight Champion
  • Night of Warriors
    • WASO -96kg MMA World Champion
  • X Fight Nights
    • XFN Light Heavyweight Champion

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
33 matches 27 wins 6 losses
By knockout 8 1
By submission 13 3
By decision 6 2
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 27–6 Attila Végh KO (punch) Oktagon 15 November 9, 2019 1 2:07 Prague, Czech Republic
Win 27–5 Henrique da Silva Decision (unanimous) Oktagon 13 July 27, 2019 3 5:00 Prague, Czech Republic
Win 26–5 Prince Aounallah Decision (unanimous) Night of Warriors 15 April 6, 2019 3 5:00 Liberec, Czech Republic
Win 25–5 Paweł Brandys Submission (rear-naked choke) Oktagon 11 March 16, 2019 1 4:25 Ostrava, Czech Republic
Win 24–5 Flavio Rodrigo Magon TKO XFN 15 December 27, 2018 1 1:57 Prague, Czech Republic Light Heavyweight bout.
Win 23–5 Moise Rimbon Decision (unanimous) XFN 14 November 18, 2018 3 5:00 Bratislava, Slovakia Middleweight bout.
Win 22–5 Mateusz Ostrowski TKO XFN 12 October 6, 2018 2 1:06 Plzeň, Czech Republic Light Heavyweight bout.
Win 21–5 Patrik Kincl Decision (unanimous) XFN 11: Back to the O2 Arena June 28, 2018 3 5:00 Prague, Czech Republic Middleweight bout.
Win 20–5 Jamie Sloane Submission (rear-naked choke) XFN 8: Sloane vs. Vémola March 3, 2018 1 2:06 Pardubice, Czech Republic Defended the X Fight Night Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win 19–5 Petr Ondruš Submission (rear-naked choke) XFN 6: Ondruš vs. Vémola December 7, 2017 1 4:40 Prague, Czech Republic Won the X Fight Night Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win 18–5 Maximilian Bajlitz TKO (punches) Night of Warriors 12 November 11, 2017 1 1:02 Liberec, Czech Republic Catchweight (201 lbs) bout.
Win 17–5 Dritan Barjamaj TKO (elbows) Night of Warriors 10 November 5, 2016 1 1:43 Liberec, Czech Republic Won Night of Warriors 212 lb Championship.
Loss 16–5 Jack Hermansson Submission (armbar) Warrior Fight Series 4 August 2, 2015 1 2:06 London, England For the Warrior Fight Series Middleweight Championship.
Win 16–4 David Marcina Submission (north-south choke) Fusion: First Class Fight Night Series 1 May 16, 2015 1 1:36 Pardubice, Czech Republic
Win 15–4 Carl Kinslow Submission (north-south choke) UCMMA 43 May 2, 2015 1 1:16 London, England Won UCMMA Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win 14–4 Piotr Strus Decision (unanimous) MMAA Arena 3 March 7, 2014 3 5:00 Hradec Králové, Czech Republic Defended Czech MMAA Middleweight Championship.
Win 13–4 Marvin Campbell Submission (kimura) UCMMA 38 February 1, 2014 1 1:36 London, England Light Heavyweight bout; Campbell weighed 215 lbs.
Win 12–4 Tomáš Kužela Submission (rear-naked choke) GCF 26: Fight Night December 7, 2013 1 4:11 Prague, Czech Republic Won GCF Middleweight Championship.
Win 11–4 Petr Kníže Technical Submission (north-south choke) MMAA Arena 2 November 10, 2013 3 3:23 Prague, Czech Republic Won Czech MMAA Middleweight Championship.
Win 10–4 Denniston Sutherland Decision (unanimous) UCMMA 35 August 3, 2013 3 5:00 London, England Won UCMMA Middleweight Championship.
Loss 9–4 Caio Magalhães Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC on Fuel TV: Nogueira vs. Werdum June 8, 2013 2 2:49 Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil
Loss 9–3 Francis Carmont Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC on Fuel TV: Munoz vs. Weidman July 11, 2012 2 1:39 San Jose, California, United States
Win 9–2 Mike Massenzio Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC on Fox: Diaz vs. Miller May 5, 2012 2 1:07 East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States Middleweight debut.
Loss 8–2 Ronny Markes Decision (unanimous) UFC Live: Hardy vs. Lytle August 14, 2011 3 5:00 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Win 8–1 Seth Petruzelli TKO (punches) UFC 122 November 13, 2010 1 3:46 Oberhausen, Germany Light Heavyweight debut. Knockout of the Night.
Loss 7–1 Jon Madsen Decision (unanimous) UFC 116 July 3, 2010 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 7–0 Peter Yendall KO (punches) UCMMA 10: Resurrection February 6, 2010 1 0:49 London, England
Win 6–0 Stav Economou Submission (rear-naked choke) Cage Fighters Championship 7 July 4, 2009 1 1:57 Purfleet, Essex, England Won CFC World Heavyweight Championship, Defended CFC European Heavyweight Championship.
Win 5–0 Ashley Pollard Technical Submission (rear-naked choke) Cage Fighters Championship 6 April 25, 2009 1 0:36 Purfleet, Essex, England Defended CFC European Heavyweight Championship.
Win 4–0 Markus Hipp TKO (punches) Cage Fighters Championship 5 March 7, 2009 1 0:15 Brentwood, Essex, England Won CFC European Heavyweight Championship.
Win 3–0 Szilvester Silbont Submission (rear-naked choke) Cage Fighters Championship 4 October 25, 2008 1 3:14 Brentwood, Essex, England
Win 2–0 Bill Georgitsis TKO (punches) Cage Fighters Championship 3 May 18, 2008 1 0:05 Rochester, Kent, England
Win 1–0 Patric Carroll Submission (rear-naked choke) Cage Fighters Championship 2 February 24, 2008 1 0:44 Purfleet, Essex, England

Personal lifeEdit

Media appearancesEdit

In 2010, he appeared as a fictionalised version of himself in the controversial movie Killer Bitch.[31]


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