Karlos Vemola

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Karlos Vemola
Born (1985-07-01) July 1, 1985 (age 31)
Olomouc, Czechoslovakia
(now Czech Republic)
Other names The Terminator
Nationality Czech
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 186 lb (84 kg; 13.3 st)
Division Middleweight (2012–present)
Light Heavyweight (2010–present)
Heavyweight (2008–2010)
Fighting out of London, England
Team London Shootfighters
Years active 2008–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 22
Wins 17
By knockout 5
By submission 10
By decision 2
Losses 5
By submission 3
By decision 2
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

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, Vemola is the current UCMMA Middleweight Champion, Gladiator Championship Fighting Middleweight Champion, Czech MMA Association Middleweight Champion and has also competed for the UFC.


Karel Vémola (Jr.) began training in Greco-Roman wrestling at the age of 6 under the leadership of his father Karel Vémola and Vojtěch Smolák in Olomouc Sokol of which he is still a member.[1]

Karlos Vémola is a four-time Czech Republic National Youth Greco-Roman Wrestling Champion[citation needed], one-time Czech Republic Youth National Freestyle Wrestling Champion[citation needed] and also 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 bodybuilder.[3]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early MMA and Bodybuilding career[edit]

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

There he became a bouncer in Tottenham.[3][4] He worked as a bouncer in nightclub, which is next to the Tottenham police Station.[5][6]

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][5][6][7] Karlos Vemola began unofficial and underground fighting at age of 21.[3] Vemola made his professional MMA debut in 2008. Previously he fought in various street fights and underground fighting events.[3][5][6]

Vemola 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 Vemola 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 Championship[edit]

In April 2010, Karlos Vemola signed with the UFC. Vemola made his debut at UFC 116 against Jon Madsen.[8] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Following his first professional loss, Vemola decided to drop down to the Light Heavyweight division.[9] 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.

Vemola was expected to face Brazilian Luiz Cane on March 19, 2011, at UFC 128.[10] However, Vemola was forced out of the bout with an injury[11] and replaced by Eliot Marshall.[12]

Vemola was expected to face Stephan Bonnar on August 14, 2011 at UFC on Versus 5.[13] However, an injury has forced Bonnar to withdraw from the bout. Newcomer Ronny Markes stepped in for the injured Bonnar to face Vemola.[14] Vemola lost the fight via unanimous decision (30-27 on all cards).[15]

Vemola was expected to face promotional newcomer Ryan Jimmo on January 20, 2012 at UFC on FX 1.[16] However, Jimmo was forced from the bout with an injury and the bout was scrapped.[17]

Vemola faced Mike Massenzio in his Middleweight debut on May 5, 2012 at UFC on Fox 3.[18] Vemola won by second round submission via rear-naked choke.

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

Vemola was expected to face former WEC Middleweight Champion Chris Leben on December 29, 2012 at UFC 155.[19] However, Vemola was forced out of the bout and replaced by promotional newcomer Derek Brunson.[20]

Vemola faced Caio Magalhães on June 8, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 10.[21] Despite a dominant first round, Vemola lost the fight via rear naked choke submission in the second round and was subsequently released from the promotion.

Ultimate Challenge MMA[edit]

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

Vemola was to fight against Mahmoud "Steel Man" Salama on February 1, 2014 at UCMMA 38.[22] However, Salama announced that he was withdrawing from his fight against Vemola 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. Vemola defeated Campbell in the first round via submission.

Return to the Czech Republic[edit]

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

Karlos Vemola signed a contract for two fights with Czech MMA Association[23] 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 Vemola on social network and called him out.[23] Some parts of Kníže martial arts career are unknown and his official MMA record by Sherdog is 3-0 (before fight with Karlos Vemola)[24] but Czech MMA Association promoted his record as 21-0.[25][26][27] Karlos Vemola accepted and both would face on November 10, 2013 at MMMA Arena 2 for middleweight title.[28] Vemola 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. Vemola won in the first round by submission.[29][30]

His next fight in Bohemia will be with Polish MMA artist, Sanda and Muay Thai kickboxer Piotr Strus at MMAA Arena 3.[31]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

  • 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

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 17–5 Dritan Barjamaj TKO (elbows) Night of Warriors 10 November 5, 2016 1 1:43 Liberec, Czech Republic
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, Bohemia, 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, Bohemia, 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 lb
Win 12–4 Tomáš Kužela Submission (rear-naked choke) GCF 26: Fight Night December 7, 2013 1 4:11 Prague, Bohemia, 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, Bohemia, 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 life[edit]

Vémola and his wife have two children.

Media appearances[edit]

In 2010, he appeared as a fictionalised version of himself in the controversial movie Killer Bitch.[32]


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