Multiple Polish websites have confirmed that an MMA match between former strongman Mariusz Pudzianowski and former professional boxer Eric “Butterbean” Esch will headline KSW 14. The card will take place on Sept. 18 at Lodz Atlas Arena in Lodz, Poland.
This interview was sent to us and is published courtesy of KSW Spokesperson Artur Przybysz. World’s Strongest Man’s next MMA fight is only nine weeks away. I met Mariusz Pudzianowski in Olsztyn and I decided to ask him about his preparations for KSW 13, his fight in USA and future plans. Here is the interview. Mariusz … Read more
On May 7th 2010 Polish fans once again will get the chance to see world class MMA action. For the first time in history Martial Arts Confrontation show will take place in Spodek in Katowice, Silesia, a venue, which hosted the biggest and most prestigious sports and entertainment events in Poland. – Warsaw’s Torwar hall … Read more
On Dec. 11, 2009, five-time World’s Strongest Man Mariusz Pudzianowski made his MMA debut in Warsaw, Poland, at “KSW 12.” Those who witnessed Pudzianowski’s complete annihilation of his opponent, Marcin Nahman, had to be impressed with the speed, power, and agility, the big man possessed.
Immediately following the bout, minds of MMA fans the world over went to work, imagining the possibility of what a Pudzianowski vs. Fedor, or a Pudzianowski vs. Lesnar fight might look like one day.
The gargantuan has only had one fight thus far. Let’s give the guy a chance to get some experience under his belt. He obviously knows the dedication it takes to be an elite level athlete, and if he continues to apply that focus to developing his fighting skills… he is going to be a hand full for anyone, to say the least.
Here are a few photos after the jump from the fight courtesy of our friend Artur Przybysz, who also interviewed Pudzianowski last week.
Look out heavyweights! There’s a new beast in town! His name is Mariusz Pudzianowski and he just won his first MMA fight in Poland over Marcin Najman. Sure Najman was pretty much just a boxer and Pudzianowski was wearing shoes… but still… the dude does look impressive. The 5x “World’s Strongest Man” champion broke one … Read more
On the eve of UFC 107 in Memphis, Tenn., a significant portion of the hardcore MMA world’s attention was turned toward Warsaw, Poland, tonight as five-time “World’s Strongest Man” Mariusz Pudzianowski made his MMA debut against professional boxer Marcin Najman at KSW 12.
Najman had said prior to the bout that he wanted to use his boxing technique to defeat Pudzianowski. However, the strong man gave him no such opportunity to stand there and throw punches. Pudzianowski started the fight by delivering brutal leg kicks to Najman. These are the same kicks that broke one of his sparring partner”s legs with one blow in preparation for this fight.
The leg kicks dropped Najman to the mat, from there, Pudzianowski used his massive arms and fists to pulverize the boxer with ground and pound until the referee was forced to stop the fight just 44 seconds into the first round. And just like that, Mariusz Pudzianowski won his professional MMA debut.
The weekend picks are back. I thought about letting this feature die, but after my horrible performance on the TUF 10 Finale (4-5 record, the only sub .500 of my career) I had to save face. This week we take a look at KSW 12, Jeff Monson‘s ability to fight in two places at once, Bitetti Combat and more. As always for UFC 107 picks check out the PROMMA.info staff picks coming out later this week.
Marcin Najman vs. Mariusz Pudzianowski
The five-time World’s Strongest Man champion will make his MMA debut this weekend. Standing in the way of a glorious debut is Marcin Najman, a boxer who once fought for the Polish Heavyweight boxing title. When the bout was first announced I had visions of Ray Mercer standing over Tim Sylvia’s limp body. However, I decided to check out Najman’s record. At the time he fought them, his opponents have a combined record of 53-218-7. Only two of his opponents had winning records, and he is 13-4. Pudzianowski should be able to push for a clinch and win by grinding out his opponent.
Pick = Mariusz Pudzianowski
Pudzian training MMA (link)
World’s Strongest Man Mariusz Pudzianowski’s long-awaited MMA debut is just a week away. Until today the popular Pudzian has been secretive about his training regimen and preparations for the fight against pro boxer Marcin Najman. Today at 10 o’clock in Martial Arts Pavilion at Warsaw’s Physical Education Academy, the Strongman had one of his last trainings which was opened for the press. I took the opportunity to talk to Mariusz, here’s my interview:
Hi Mariusz. Your MMA debut is only a week away, so I need to ask about your training camp. Are you satisfied with your preparations?
– I can safely say that I have trained really hard for these last nine weeks. Three, four trainings a day, six days a week. At the beginning I also had some strength workouts, but then I left it out. You saw my training, you should say how I’m doing.
According to mmarocks.pl, Mariusz Pudzianowski, 5-times World’s Strongest Man, signed a contract with Polish premier MMA organization KSW to make his MMA debut in December.
Pudzianowski is a 32-year-old from Biala Rawska with a background in martial arts. He has been training Karate Kyokushin since age 11, and also has some boxing experience. He has already started training in Warsaw under Polish MMA pioneer Miroslaw Okninski.
Pudzianowski’s debut fight will probably be televised on Polsat, one of Poland’s major networks. His opponent has not yet been named, however KSW recently signed Polish heavyweight boxer Marcin Najman who has publicly challenged the strong man.