Match Report

OKTAGON 56: Wanliss Emerges Victorious in UK Debut of €1M Tipsport Gamechanger Tournament

Wanliss triumphs over Siraj in Tipsport tournament debut, advancing with confidence to OKTAGON 58 quarterfinals.

Louis Hobbs
Louis Hobbs

Last Updated: 2024-04-20

Naim Rosinski

4 minutes read

The UEFA Champions League of MMA Comes to Birmingham

Heralded as the "UEFA Champions League of MMA," the €1 million Tipsport Gamechanger tournament made its UK debut at OKTAGON 56 in Birmingham's Resorts World Arena. Birmingham's own Akonne Wanliss stepped into the spotlight to face Swedish knockout artist Sahil Siraj in a colossal opening round grudge match.

From Stripper to Rising MMA Star

Wanliss, affectionately nicknamed "Jedi," emerged as a rising British star, boasting a unique blend of talents as a former stripper turned fighter. With an impeccable record of 7 wins, all before the limit, comprising 4 KO's and 3 submissions, including bouts in Bellator, the Million Dollar Pyramid presented an opportunity to showcase his prowess.

The Knockout Prince of Sweden

Opposing Wanliss stood Sahil Siraj, Sweden's #1 lightweight, known for his cold-blooded Nordic demeanour and devastating knockout power. With 8 first-round victories, including two within 30 seconds, Siraj earned the moniker "The Knockout Prince," flaunting an impressive stand-up record in K1 and Muay Thai.

Wanliss Stuns Siraj in Lightning-Quick Victory

The encounter began with Siraj asserting dominance, landing six significant strikes in a rapid succession of blows. However, it was Wanliss who demonstrated superior determination, stunning Siraj with a swift left hook that sent him crashing to the canvas after a mere 48 seconds.

Though the bout may have been short-lived, Akonne Wanliss certainly didn't lack confidence as he showcased his exceptional talent in front of the 3,000 Birmingham fans in attendance. With unwavering self-assurance and a display of skill that left spectators in awe, Wanliss proved why he's a force to be reckoned with in the MMA world. 

Despite the brevity of the fight, Wanliss's commanding presence and decisive victory left an indelible impression on both fans and opponents alike, solidifying his status as a rising star in the sport.


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Next Stop: Wanliss Faces Legierski in OKTAGON 58

With this victory, Wanliss secured his advancement to the quarterfinals of the Tipsport Gamechanger tournament. His next challenge awaits in Polish fighter Mateusz Legierski, promising further thrilling encounters at OKTAGON 58 in Praha. As Wanliss basks in the glory of his triumph, fans eagerly anticipate the next chapter in his journey through the prestigious tournament.

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