There aren’t many fighters in the UFC that have fought in three or more different weight classes, but names that come to mind are Dan Henderson, Kenny Florian and Diego Sanchez. On Saturday, you can add another name to the list: Karlos Vemola.

The Czech fighter, having transitioned from heavyweight to light heavyweight previously, will compete at middleweight for the first time in his career.

The 26-year-old is scheduled to compete at UFC on Fox 3 in New Jersey on May 5. But before he made the trip, Vemola discussed his upcoming match-up.

Vemola’s opponent on Saturday will be Mike Massenzio, a Jersey native with a record of 13-6 who is known for his skills on the mat. Vemola is aware of his opponent’s talent and his ability to fight while on the ground.

“He’s a very good wrestler,” Vemola told The MMA Corner. “And since we’ll be on his home turf, he will want to put on a show.”

“The Terminator” was expected to fight at UFC on FX in Nashville in January, but due to an injury to his scheduled opponent Ryan Jimmo, Vemola is on a stretch of almost nine months since stepping in the Octagon.

“I feel like I have been training forever for this fight, as I was ready for the Jimmo fight that was then called off,” Vemola explained. “But I just kept the camp going. I have no major health issues, and I’m feeling great.”

Anytime a fighter moves down a weight class, it completely drains them. It’s not easy to change your diet to lose weight, but the former light heavyweight says he is feeling good about the move to 185 pounds.

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“The cut has been fine,” Vemola stated. “I realized after doing part of my Jimmo camp at American Top Team with Conan in Florida how massive the light heavyweight fighters are. I made 205 very easily, but this is much harder, yet I’m still comfortable.”

Since Vemola is cutting down from 205 pounds, he will be huge once he steps into the Octagon on Saturday. This may give the fighter a better opportunity to use his wrestling game, due to his larger frame.

But when asked if this move will help his performance, Vemola says otherwise.

“Technically, no difference,” the Czech native said. “But I will be even stronger at this weight and I will be fighting people my own size rather than always giving away height and weight.”

However, Vemola will be facing a talented wrestler in Massenzio. The first instinct would be to keep the fight standing, but Vemola is prepared for anything.

“I really do not mind. I am happy to do either,” Vemola boldly stated. “All I want is for us to put on a decent show for the fans and the UFC.”

Aside from his fight, Vemola is very excited with how the UFC has journeyed into parts of Europe recently, and would love to fight in front of his friends and family in the future.

“That would be a dream come true,” Vemola admitted. “With me fighting in the UFC in Prague, I would be able to sell out the stadium alone.”

In his final comment on how he will win in his middleweight debut, Vemola’s keys are simple:

“Strength, speed, movement and desire.”

Karlos would like to thank his management Chris and Pan at, his coaches Paul and Alexis at London Shootfighter, his training partners, and his sponsors Booster fight gear, Venum, Elite MMA Agency and KO Reps

Photo: Karlos Vemola (James Law/Heavy MMA)

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Corey Adams
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Corey Adams didn't grow up watching mixed martial arts, considering the UFC was just getting started the year he was born, but in his teenage years, witnessed the action and has fallen in love with the sport. Corey was the first to join The MMA Corner staff -- other than founder Josh Davis -- and has been writing for the site ever since. Corey attends Austin Peay State University, where he majors in Communications with a focus on journalism. When he's not covering MMA, Corey is still writing on many sports with both local and campus newspapers. His favorite sports teams are the Atlanta Braves and Denver Broncos. Follow him on Twitter at the link below.