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Oktagon 36: Five former UFC fighters competing including John Hathaway.


Saturday in Germany, the Czech Republic's Oktagon MMA company will have plenty of UFC flair. Oktagon 36 will feature five UFC veterans, including the return of John Hathaway after more than eight years away.


Check out the former UFC fighters you're probably familiar with ahead of Oktagon 36.

Jeremy Kimball (ex-UFC) vs. Hatef Moeil


Kimball went 1-3 in four UFC fights between 2017 and 2018. All three of his losses were in the first round, but his victory came in the form of an 81-second knockout of Josh Stansbury, which won him a $50,000 Performance of the Night award. Kimball signed with Oktagon after leaving the UFC and is now 3-1. Kimball returned in April after a lengthy absence, including the pandemic, and knocked out Thomas Narmo in the first round with leg kicks.

Bojan Velickovic (ex-UFC, ex-PFL) vs. Leandro Silva (ex-UFC, ex-PFL)


Velickovic appeared on Season 19 of "The Ultimate Fighter" in 2013, but was not promoted until 2016. He finished 2-3-1, including a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus knockout of Nico Musoke. After that, he suffered back-to-back decision losses to Darren Till and Jake Matthews in 2017 and was forced to leave the UFC. He joined the PFL but only finished 1-4-1 in the 2018 and 2019 seasons. He's been on a bit of a roll lately, with five wins in his last six fights, three of which have been under the Oktagon banner.

Leandro Silva (ex-UFC, ex-PFL) vs. Bojan Velickovic (ex-UFC, ex-PFL)


Silva joined the UFC after winning Season 2 of "The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil." He lost his promotional debut in 2013, then won five straight fights outside of the UFC. He went 3-3, including Charlie Brenneman's $50,000 Performance of the Night submission in 2014. He's done a combination of MMA and boxing since 2017, including battles for the PFL, Titan FC, and Oktagon.

John Hathaway (ex-UFC) vs. Andre Ricardo


Hathaway has been out of action since March 2014 due to health difficulties, as MMA Junkie reported in September. He'll make his long-awaited return in a welterweight contest on Saturday, no doubt aiming to fight his way back to the UFC. From 2009 through 2014, the British fighter was 7-2 in the UFC.

Mallory Martin (ex-UFC, ex-Invicta) vs. Katharina Dalisda


Martin will be fighting for the first time since leaving the UFC in December 2021 after her third loss in four fights. She had a bout scheduled with Invicta FC in July, but had to cancel. In the UFC, her lone victory came in August 2020 with a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus submission of Hannah Cifers.

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