Niko Pruhakka to face Artur Sowinski for lightweight title at KSW 18

Finland's Niko Pruhakka was KSW's lightweight tournament winner last year. Photo courtesy of KSW

The first bout for “KSW 18: Unfinished Sympathy” was announced on Tuesday; today a lightweight title fight between Niko Pruhakka and Artur Sowinskihas also been confirmed for the Feb. 25 scheduled event in Plock, Poland.

The 24-year-old Sowinski (12-5) fights out of Katowice’s Silesian Cage Club under the tutelage of Tomasz Bronder.He is 2-1 in his three previous KSW appearances. Sowinski fought five times in 2011, winning four by knockout, three of which he ended in the first round.

Sowinski’s most recent fight was at KSW 17 in November where he knocked out UFC and WEC veteran Maciej “Irokez” Jewtuszko just 46-seconds into the fight.

Thirty-two-year-old Pruhakka (24-11) is an Espoon Kehahait product and former KSW lightweight tournament champion. He won two fights in one night at KSW 14 in Sept. 2010, then returned four months later to defeat KSW team member Maciej Górski in the tournament finals.

Pruhakka fought four times in 2011, winning all four, including three by way of submission. The Finnish standout’s most recent bout took place this past October when he scored a unanimous decision win over UFC vet John Gunderson at Fight Festival 31 in Helsinki.

Sowinski and Pruhakka have actually fought once before back in June 2010 in Finland. The bout went three full rounds with Pruhakka earning the unanimous decision victory. Sowinski commented on the rematch:

“I’ve already fought Niko and I know what he’s capable of. This time I’ll have my hand raised.”

Stay close to ProMMAnow.com (www.prommanow.com) as more bouts for “KSW 18: Unfinished Sympathy” will be announced in the coming days.