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Opponents named for Pudzianowski and Khalidov at KSW 13

Mariusz Pudzianowski’s opponent for KSW 13

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In his MMA debut Mariusz Pudzianowski needed only forty-four seconds to dispatch his opponent. His second fight won’t be that easy as his next foe is much more experienced and demanding.

On May 7, at KSW 13, The World’s Strongest Man will face Deep Megaton Champion Yusuke Kawaguchi. The Japanese fighter is one hundred and eighty-three centimeters tall (6 ft.), weighs one hundred and ten kilograms (242 lbs.) and has three-years MMA experience. He is a tough competitor and his ground skills are his biggest asset. He has a background in Judo and had amateur success in this discipline. He is also not afraid of stand-up exchanges as he hits hard and has a monstrous chin.

Pudzianowski vs. Kawaguchi showdown will definitely be an exciting battle and no MMA fan would want to miss that clash of titans.

Mamed Khalidov’s opponent for KSW 13

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Mamed Khalidov’s last fight in front of the Polish audience was almost a year ago. He battled in Japan, where he made a name for himself. On May 7, he returns to KSW ring to defend his light heavyweight title, which he won by knocking out the Brazilian Daniel Acacio. Mamed Khalidov, the best mixed martial artist in Poland is back.

Ryuta Sakurai, a thirty-year old experienced veteran, was today revealed as Khalidov’s KSW 13 opponent. The fighter from the Land of the Rising Sun is one hundred and seventy-eight centimeters tall (5′ 10″) and weighs eighty-four kilograms (185 lbs.). He has forty fights under his belt; twenty wins, fifteen defeats, and five draws. During his MMA tenure he fought on the biggest MMA stages including Pride and Deep organizations, in the latter one he even held a championship belt.

His wrestling skills, in which he is trained since being a teenager, will be his key factor in the fight against Khalidov. Sakurai also owns some domestic kickboxing titles in his collection, so he might be dangerous in the stand-up. How will this bout unfold. Who will leave the ring victorious? The biggest MMA show in Europe, the thirteenth Martial Arts Confrontation on May 7, will answer these questions.

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