David Kozma aims to regain his OKTAGON MMA welterweight strap starting Saturday night, as he will be competing in the Tipsport Gamechanger tournament on March 4.
The 30-12 Czech Republican is looking to bounce back from his one-thousand-plus day reign as champion, as he’ll take on Łukasz Siwiec (8-1) in his first bout of 2023. Ahead of his fight, BJPenn.com‘s Zain Bando spoke with “Pink Panther” about his future goals and a potential dream fight later in his career.
Kozma’s last victory came in April 2022, when he defeated Petr Kníže by a unanimous decision.
Note: Answers were translated due to language barrier concerns
Q: As the former welterweight champion, do you feel you have a leg-up compared to the other fighters in the tournament?
A: I might have because I’ve already [fought] with some of them in the Gamechanger. But I am not counting on it and preparing myself for 100%.
Q: What has been the proudest moment of your MMA career so far, in or out of the cage?
A: Winning the welterweight belt and holding it for [over] 1,000 days.
Q: Is there a dream fighter you’d like to share the cage with?
A: Not really. I mean it would be great to have a fight with Conor (McGregor) because of the huge visibility it might have. But, I do not have a dream opponent.
Q: Who is your most formidable challenge ahead of you? And what about your long title defense streak? Has a win stuck out to you the most throughout your career thus far?
A: I always stay focused on the fight that is right behind me, so now I am only thinking about winning the Gamechanger. Of course, I would like to get the [championship] title back as soon as it will be possible, hopefully it will be during next year.
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