“KSW 18: Unfinished Sympathy”
By: Pawel Sawicki
“KSW 18: Unfinished Sympathy” took place Saturday night at Orlen Arena in Plock, Poland. Although he promotion’s two biggest stars, Mariusz Pudzianowski and Mamed Khalidov, did not appear on the card, the fans were not disappointed.
The main event saw Dutch veteran Valentjin Overeem submit Polish kickboxing superstar Marcin Rozalski with a heel hook about midway through the very first round. Overeem, who is a brother of UFC heavyweight Alistair Overeem, took the fight on just two days notice, replacing K-1 legend Jereome Le Banner.
Here are the full results and a recap for KSW 18:
In the opening bout of the night lightweight wrestling star Anzor Azhiev dominated German luta livre fighter Cengiz Dana. Azhiev is 21-years-old, has been training MMA for a-year-and-half and is considered one of the top rising talents on the Polish MMA stage.
The second bout of the evening was between two former heavyweight strongmen, Kamil Bazelak and Kamil Walus. Copacabana Warsaw’s Kamil Walus stopped 37-year-old Bazelak with ground and pound early in round one. There is a lot of talk about Bazelak’s laziness and lack of will to train.
In the third bout of the evening heavyweight ADCC vet Karol Bedorf took on previously undefeated American wrestler David Olivia. Bedorf used his physical advantage and grappling prowess to grind out a unanimous decision victory but was unable to put Bedorf away.
The KSW 18 main card was broadcast live on nationwide Polish TV, Polsat. In the fourth fight of the night and opening bout on the main card, UFC and WEC vet Maciej Jewtuszko of Poland stopped English TUF 9 vet Dean Amasinger with punches and knees at 3:39 of the first round. Amasinger failed to make weight for the bout. The win for Jewtuszko put him back on track after suffering a surprising 45-second knockout loss to Artur Sowinski at KSW 17 back in November.
Next up was a lightweight match-up between Poland’s Artur Sowinski and UFC vet Curt Warburton of England. The Wolfslair’s fighter looked much bigger and forced Sowinski to tap out to an arm triangle choke in the second round. The Pole was close to submitting Warburton with a kimura from half guard, but the Englishman was able to rollover and break Sowinski’s hold.
In the KSW 18 co-main event, Polish light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz dominated Brazilian UFC vet Mario Miranda with his superior striking skills. Blachowicz clearly won all three rounds against the BJJ black belt who took the fight on Thursday after Blachowicz’s original opponent, David Branch, had to withdraw due to passport issues.
In the main event, Poland’s Marcin Rozalski tapped to Valentijn Overeem’s heel hook at 2:24 of the first round. After some initial fireworks, the Pole dove for a straight foot lock, but Overeem was able to survive and apply his own heel hook to force the tap and defeat Rozalski in his hometown.
The complete KSW 18 results are as follow:
- (155 lbs/70 kg) Anzor Azhiev def. Cengiza Dana by unaminous decision (20-18 x 3)
- (HW/+93 kg) Kamil Walus def. Kamila Bazelaka by TKO (punches) Rd 1 (1:48)
- (HW/+93 kg) Karol Bedorf def. Davida Olivia by unaminous decision (20-18 x 3)
- (160 lbs/73 kg) Maciej Jewtuszko def. Dean Amasinger by TKO (punches) Rd 1 (3:39)
- (155 lbs/70 kg) Curt Warburton def. Artur Sowiński by submission (arm triangle) Rd 2 (3:03)
- (205 lbs/93 kg) Jan Blachowicz def. Mario Miranda by unaminous decision (30-28 x 3)
- (HW/+93 kg) Valentijn Overeem def. Marcin Rozalski by submission (heel hook) Rd 1 (2:24)
KSW 18 fight video: Valentijn Overeem vs. Marcin Rozalski