LODZ, Poland – “KSW 17: Revenge” takes place Saturday, Nov. 26, at Atlas Arena in Lodz, Poland. The main event features KSW middleweight champion Mamed Khalidov taking on TUF 7 veteran Jesse “JT Money” Taylor as a late replacement for Paulo Filho, who was pulled from the bout last week over health concerns.
In the co-main event, Polish strong man Mariusz Pudzianowski will get his shot at revenge against Englishman James “The Colossus” Thompson in a heavyweight match-up and KSW light heavyweight champ Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou will put his title on the line in a rematch against Poland’s Jan Bllachowicz.
ProMMAnow.com (www.prommanow.com) will provide LIVE results and play-by-play commentary throughout the event.
KSW 17 quick results:
- Bout 1 (170): Aslambek Saidov def. Rafal Moks by majority decision
- Bout 2 (185): Antoni Chmielewski def. James Zikic by split decision
- Bout 3 (155): Artur Sowinski def. Maciej Jewtuszko by knockout (punches) Rd 1
- Bout 4 (185): Michal Materla def. Matt Horwich by unanimous decision
- Bout 5 (205 Title): Jan Blachowicz def. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou by unanimous decision
- Bout 6 (HW): Mariusz Pudzianowski def. James Thompson by majority decision
- Bout 7 (185): Mamed Khalidov def. Jesse Taylor by submission (kneebar) Rd 1
KSW 17 play-by-play:
Aslambek Saidov vs. Rafał Moks
Round 1 – Leg kick from Moks, followed by a punch combo that is blocked. Saidov with a leg kick, another. Leg kick from Moks. Moks with a leg kick. Again, and Saidov counters with a right. Leg kick inside from Moks. Superman punch, leg kick combo from Moks. Another leg kick. Front kick from Saidov and another leg kick from Moks, then a right hook. Right hook from Saidov. One two, front kick from Saidov. Moks lands a right. He gets caught with a right hand from Saidov. Again. Inside leg kick from Moks. Saidov shoots and gets the takedown. Moks with full closed guard. Moks holding on preventing Saidov from getting much going. Saidov stands up over Moks and dives in with some shots but Moks holding on avoiding damage. PMN scores the round 10-9 for Saidov.
Round 2 – Leg kick Moks. Ref halts the action to wipe off the canvas. Not sure what that was on the mat. Front kick from Saidov. Ref halts the action after Saidov slips a little and they wipe off the canvas again. Right hook from Saidov, overhand left, leg kick, right left. Moks with a high kick that does not really connect, then a low kick. He ducks a big left hook. He scores with his own left hook. Leg kick from Moks. Saidov checks a low kick. Left hook from Saidov as they stand toe to toe in front of each other. Saidov shoots and puts Moks on his back with no trouble at all. Saidov inside full guard. Under 2:00 to go. Moks punches off his back. Saidov trying to stay busy with punches, they stand up. Front kick from Saidov, they exchange punches. Saidov catches a kick. Moks pulls guard and Saidov stands and Moks follows. Front kick Saidov. Leg kick Moks. PMN scores the round 10-9 Saidov.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Aslambek Saidov def. Rafal Moks by majority decision
James Zikic vs. Antoni Chmielewski
Round 1 – Chmielewski walks to the ring in a gi. Antoni misses a leg kick. Big leg kick from Antoni. Zikic trying to find his range with punches, they tie up, Antoni tries unsuccessfully for a trip. They square back up. Leg kick from Antoni. Zikic with a double jab. Leg kick from Antoni. Right hand from Zikic. Takedown from Antoni but Zikic gets up quickly and stands over Antoni as he bicycle kicks in the air. Zikic tries to dive through the bicycle kicks unsuccessfully. Zikic stands over Antoni and kicks his thighs before the ref lets Antoni up. They trade punches before Zikic puts Antoni on his back and lands inside his full guard. One minute left in the round as Antoni tries to hold on to Zikic’s arms and wrists to stop the top attack. Body shots and punches to the head from Zikic but not active enough and the ref stands them up. Superman punch from Antoni. PMN scores the round 10-9 Zikic.
Round 2 – Zikic comes out punching. Antoni shoots, stuffed, they scramble and Zikic ends up on top inside full closed guard. Ref moves them to the center of the five-roped ring. Boby, body, head shots from Zikic. He stays busy from top position with the ground and pound. Antoni tries to fight back from the bottom with punches, he also tries to get free to get to his feet but unsuccessfully. Finally the ref does stand them up. Leg kick from Antoni, countered with a punch, They tie up and Antoni puts Zikic on his back, they scramble and Zikic ends up on top in half guard. One minute to go. Ref calls time to wipe off Antoni’s face and body — wiping off the sweat and wiping the sweat off the canvas — very strange. Leg kick from Antoni. He shoots, stuffed. Zikic lights him up with a couple punches but Antoni shoots and puts Zikic on his back with under 20 seconds left. He holds him there as Zikic punches off his back. Antoni does get off a couple punches before the bell. PMN scores the round 10-9 Zikic.
Round 3 – Antoni pushes him to the ropes but Zikic puts him on his back. Bicycle kicks from Antoni as Zikic dives in with a punch. Zikic on top landing body shots and shots to the head as Antoni tries his best to hold on and defend. Ref stands them up. Leg kick from Antoni. Uppercut from Zikic, he shoves Antoni off the clinch, but not for long as Antoni puts him on his back. Zikic tries to get up, takes some body shots. Under one minute to go. They tie up with some dirty boxing. Zikic lands the better shots. The ref halts the action inexplicably then restarts and Antoni puts Zikic on his back. Zikic goes for a leg, they scramble and Zikic ends up on top delivering shots. PMN scores the round 10-9 and the fight 30-27 for Zikic. Zikic immediately puts on his training mask after the final bell.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Antoni Chmielewski def. James Zikic by split decision
NOTE: It was not a dominant performance by either fighter but I felt it was pretty clear Zikic should have won. The only real offense Chmielewski had was a few leg kicks and a takedown or two that he was not able to capitalize on. Whenever Zikic got takedowns he made them count with punishment and he landed a lot more clean punches in the fight.
Maciej Jewtuszko vs. Artur Sowiński
Jewtuszko comes into this fight with an 8-1 pro record. His last fight was a decision loss to Curt Warburton at UFC 127. Before that, he won a first round TKO over Anthony Njokuani at WEC 50 in Aug. 2010.
Round 1 – Jewtuszko with a body kick. He rushes in and Sowinski connects with an extended right uppercut and Jetuszko goes down on his back. Sowinski follows up and the ref is forced to step in. Afterward, Jewtuszko tries to get to his feet but stumbles back to the ground. They finally get him to a stool. — This is a huge win for Sowinski who improves his record to 12-5.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Artur Sowinski def. Maciej Jewtuszko by knockout (punches) Rd 1
Matt Horwich vs. Michał Materla
Round 1 – Horwich ties up and Materla puts him on his back. Half a butterfly guard from Horwich. Materla moves to half guard as Horwich ties up his wrist. Materla stands up to try and advance position but Horwich gets him in mission control while landing some punches. Horwich has an omoplata position but Materla gets out and is back in half guard. Horwich sweeps and Materla has his head in guillotine position but Horwich gets free as Materla puts his head through the ropes. Ref moves them to the center and restarts with Horwich immediately taking Materla’s back. They scramble and Horwich is in top control but Materla gives up his back. Horwich gets both hooks in as Materla moves to his knees. Horwich landing some punches, Materla turns to his back and goes for a leg, he lets it go and gives up his back again. Horwich continues softening him up with punches with 10 seconds left. PMN scores the round 10-9 for Horwich.
Round 2 – Side kick from Horwich. Body shots from Materla as they tie up and he puts Horwich on his back. Mission control from Horwich, he lets it go. Materla on top in half guard. Mission control from Horwich as he lands several punches to the side of Materla’s head. The ref warns Horwich probably for strikes to the back of the head. Body shots from Materla. He tries to trap Horwich’s arm with his knee, he then stands and dives in with a big right. Horwich scrambles, ends up with full guard and now mission control, lets it go and has closed guard. Just under 2:00 and the ref stands them up. Body kick from Horwich, Materla catches the next one. Horwich gets a body lock from behind and drags Materla to the ground. Materla reverses and puts Horwich on his back and is on top in half guard. Forty seconds to go. Materla finishes the round on top delivering shots and Horwich just making it to his feet at the bell. PMN scores the round 10-9 Materla.
Round 3 – Right hand from Materla. Body kick from Horwich followed by a counter right from Materla. The crowd cheers and Materla puts Horwich on his back and lands in half guard. Materla with body and head shots as Horwich punches off his back. Materla continues the punishment. Horwich gets mission control but is losing this fight badly. He continues punching off his back but he seems content to stay there. PMN scores the final (short) round 10-9 for Materla and the fight 29-28 for Materla.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Michal Materla def. Matt Horwich by unanimous decision
(205 Title) Thierry Sokoudjou vs. Jan Błachowicz
Round 1 – Blachowicz comes out fast and puts Sokoudjou down right away but he gets right back to his feet. Blachowicz pushes him into the corner. Sokoudjou’s ankles are heavily taped and he’s wearing his usual big knee brace. They struggle in the clinch until Sokoudjou puts him on his back. Blachowicz throws up an armbar. Sokoudjou breaks free, is inside full guard, the ref halts the action and moves them to the center. Sokoudjou fires off a right hand as Blachowicz closes his full guard. Sokoudjou tries to stay busy from the top, he stands over and dives in with a big right. Now back inside full guard, he gives some shots to the body and head. Ref stands them up. Big leg kick from Blachowicz, he checks one of Sokoudjou’s kicks, then puts Sokoudjou on his butt against the ropes, now flattens him to his back and moves to side control with under a minute to go. Sokoudjou gets to his knees and then to his feet and throws several punches before Blachowicz puts him back down on his back. PMN scores the round 10-9 Blachowicz.
Round 2 – I have a feeling Sokoudjou’s legs are in bad shape. And Blachowicz was targeting the braced leg in the first, he kicks it again as the second round starts. He lands a left hand that stuns Sokoudjou, they tie up. Knee from Blachowicz, again to the body. They separate and square up. Big leg kick from Sokoudjou, they tie up. Knee from Sokoudjou. He misses a high kick. Blachowicz puts him on his back with no trouble at all. Inside full guard. Soko goes under the ropes and the ref moves them to the center. The ring is so bad for MMA. Blachowicz on top in half guard. The ref stands them up. Sokoudjou shoots and pushes Blachowicz down but just lets him up. Overhand right from Soko. He throws a kick and Blachowicz shoots and pushes him to the ropes, holding a single. Thirty seconds to go. The ref stands them up and separates them. Leg kick and a left from Sokoudjou. Blachowicz with a left and Sokoudjou finishes with a right hand at the bell. PMN scores the round 10-9 Blachowicz.
Round 3 – Leg kick from Sokoudjou. Leg kick again. He misses the next one. Collar tie and a knee from Blachowicz. Sokoudjou puts him on his back and is inside full guard. Body and head shots from Sokoudjou. Blachowicz throws up his legs for an armbar but Sokoudjou pulls out and is back inside full guard. He pulls a neck crank. Ref stands them up. They trade jabs but Blachowicz drops him with the next punch and gets on top in side control, traps Sokoudjou’s left arm between his legs, goes for a kimura. Lets it go and gets full mount. Sokoudjou sweeps and ends up on top inside full guard. Ref stops the action for some inexplicable reason with 1:16 left in the round (and fight). Apparently they are checking Sokoudjou’s nose. They wipe him off then move them back to the center with Sokoudjou inside full guard. I seriously hate how the action gets halted in the ring for MMA, always moving them out from under the ropes and all that. Sokoudjou stands up and the ref lets Blachowicz up. Jabs from Blachowicz. He shoots for a single and dumps Sokoudjou down but he gets up right away at the bell. PMN scores the round 10-9 and the fight 30-27 for Jan Blachowicz.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Jan Blachowicz def. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou by unanimous decision
NOTES: Sokoudjou bows in his corner with his face hidden down toward the ground, obviously disappointed at the loss. Jan Blachowicz is the new KSW light heavyweight champion and is someone the MMA world should keep an eye on. He improves his record to 14-3. “Revenge” was the perfect name for this event as Blachowicz got his revenge against Sokoudjou, as he was the last person to defeat him at KSW 15 in March. Prior to that, Blachowicz had not lost since 2007. Only two of Blachowicz’s pro bouts have been outside the KSW promotion.
James Thompson vs. Mariusz Pudzianowski
Round 1 – Thompson scores first with punches. Leg kick from Pudz followed by a takedown from Thompson who lands in side control. This is not where Pudz wants to be. Thompson is a massive man and out-weighs Pudz by close to 20 pounds. Thompson puts a knee into Pudz’s ribs and softens him up with punches. Pudz scrambles to his knees and is back up to his feet. Thompson drags him back down and is back in side control delivering punches to the head. Pudz defending well though and not taking much damage at all thus far. But he is working hard. Thompson maintaining control but not able to get much off. Ref about to stand it up it looks like. Pudz makes it to his feet and they square up. Leg kick from Pudz. Thompson checks the next one. Nice left from Pudz. Then a leg kick. Nice right from Thompson. Another left from Pudz and a leg kick. Pudz’s punches look like labored arm punches. Thompson ties him up and puts him back down and gives him some hammerfistst to think about before the bell. PMN scores the round 10-9 for Thompson.
Round 2 – Left punch from Pudz stuns Thompson. He’s been here before. Another left jab from Pudz. Thompson shoots, stuffed. Pudz grabs a front headlock to the cheers of the crowd but gets put on his back. Thompson is bleeding from his face onto Pudz’s belly. Thompson gets full mount and rises up with punches. Pudz defending though and nothing is really landing. Pudz still has some gas it seems which is an improvement for him. He gets to his knees but Thompson has his back. Pudz turns around and ends up on top inside full guard to the cheers of the crowd. The massive Thompson sweeps him though and is now on top in half guard. He’s just too experienced for the strong man. Pudz punching off his back to the cheers of the crowd, landing hammerfists. But Thompson is in control here with body shots and punches to the face although not much landing. Ref stands them up. Thompson shoots, stuffed. He stays relentless. Sprawl from Pudz. They are back up. Pudz attacks with punches. Knee from Thompson. They start slugging it out. He tries to trip Pudz, but he stops it and lands several punches. Pudz goes for a choke and ends up on his back as the bell sounds. PMN scores the round 10-9 Pudz.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Mariusz Pudzianowski def. James Thompson by majority decision
NOTES: I don’t have a big problem with the result, but two rounds is just not enough and since they don’t announce the scores, I have no idea what the official scores were to give Pudz the “majority decision”. If we are only using two rounds then I have to score it a tie. Pudz did do more damage and rocked Thompson pretty significantly in round two.
Thompson (with his thick English accent) just grabbed the mic after Pudz said a few words and started cussing and ranting about something, most likely the decision. They cut him off and went to commercial.
Jesse Taylor vs. Mamed Khalidov
Round 1 – Khalidov throws a jumping kick and Taylor immediately puts him on his back. Now inside full guard Khalidov throws up his legs for an armbar but Taylor is free. Khalidov throws up a triangle, transitions to armbar, but Taylor is free and goes back to ground and pound inside Khalidov’s full guard. He throws up another armbar, then goes for a leg, he locks on the kneebar, cranks it and this fight is over my friends as Taylor taps out and needs help getting to his feet. His leg is obviously jacked. Out of 24 wins Khalidov has only been to a decision one time. He holds 10 wins by knockout and now 14 wins by submission. They didn’t give the official time but it was pretty quick, less than halfway through the round. At 31 years old and the KSW middleweight champ, hopefully Khalidov will make his way to the UFC soon.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Mamed Khalidov def. Jesse Taylor by submission (kneebar) Rd 1