Match Report

OKTAGON 56: Shem Rock Dominates in Liverpool vs. London Showdown

Shem Rock dominates Catacoli, cements MMA prowess, and eyes UFC star power.

Louis Hobbs
Louis Hobbs

Last Updated: 2024-04-20

Naim Rosinski

4 minutes read

Liverpool vs. London

In a clash that ignited anticipation and divided loyalties between Liverpool and London, Shem Rock faced off against Stefano Catacoli at OKTAGON 56 in the Resorts World Arena, Birmingham. The atmosphere crackled with tension as fans eagerly awaited the outcome of this highly anticipated showdown.

No Glove Touch Sets the Tone

The animosity between the two fighters was palpable from the outset, as evidenced by the absence of a glove touch, signalling mutual disdain. With both men fuelled by determination and a point to prove, the stage was set for a clash of titans.

Shem Rock, hailed as one of the most dangerous fighters on the roster, entered the octagon with an impressive record of 9 wins and 9 stoppages, boasting a penchant for swift victories, with 8 of his triumphs coming in the first round. His opponent, Stefano Catacoli, had recently made a statement with a debut victory at OKTAGON 50, demonstrating his fighting spirit and readiness for the big leagues.

Rock Claims Victory: A Ruthless Finish in Birmingham

From the opening bell, it was clear that neither fighter intended to back down. Rock wasted no time in asserting his dominance, executing a masterful leg trip takedown early in the bout. With precision and patience, he managed to maneuverer Catacoli into a precarious position, locking in a vicious rear naked choke.

Despite Catacoli's resilience, Rock's submission hold proved too much to bear. After nearly 20 seconds of relentless pressure, Catacoli succumbed to the inevitable, tapping out after just one minute and 47 seconds into the first round.

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Image credit: OKTAGON MMA

Post-Fight Declaration: Rock Asserts His Dominance Outside the UFC

With this emphatic victory, Shem Rock cemented his status as a force to be reckoned with in the MMA world, securing his tenth professional win in spectacular fashion. Addressing the Birmingham audience post-fight, Rock left no room for doubt, declaring himself the "biggest star outside of the UFC" and staking his claim for the headline slot.

Rock's diehard confidence and unyielding attitude can be traced back to his rigorous training regimen at the renowned Next Generation gym in Liverpool, where he hones his skills alongside UFC star Paddy ‘The Baddy’ Pimblett. Under Pimblett's tutelage, Rock has embraced a relentless work ethic and unwavering self-belief, pushing himself to the limits in pursuit of excellence.

As the dust settles on this electrifying encounter, fans are left eagerly anticipating what the future holds for Shem Rock, while Stefano Catacoli will undoubtedly regroup and return stronger, hungry for redemption in the unforgiving world of mixed martial arts.

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