KSW 13 – Date and first participants revealed

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

Photos from Mariusz Pudzianowski’s MMA debut at “KSW 12”

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.

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Strong man Mariusz Pudzianowski victorious in MMA debut at KSW 12

Mariusz Pudzianowski won his MMA debut at KSW 12 on Dec. 11.

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.

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Interview with world’s strongest man Mariusz Pudzianowski – makes MMA debut on Dec. 11

Mariusz Pudzianowski, the world's strongest man, prepares for his MMA debut.

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.

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International MMA Spotlight – The Fights: Yusuke Masuda vs. Antoni “Antonio” Chmielewski at KSW 9

As part of PROMMA.INFO’s International MMA Spotlight series, for the next couple of weeks we will be presenting fights from Poland’s premiere mixed martial arts organization Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki (KSW).

On May 9, 2008, at Torwar Hall in Warsaw, Poland, Yusuke Masuda took on Antoni “Antonio” Chmielewski at “KSW 9 – Konfrontacja.” The Polish fighter Chmielewski was 15-2 coming into the fight, and Masuda, from Japan, was 2-4-1.

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International MMA Spotlight – The Fights: Mamed Khalidov vs. Dave Dalgliesh at KSW 8

As part of PROMMA.INFO’s International MMA Spotlight series, for the next couple of weeks we will be presenting fights from Poland’s premiere mixed martial arts organization Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki (KSW).

On Nov. 10, 2007, Mamed Khalidov took on Dave Dalgliesh at “KSW 8 – Konfrontacja.” At this point, Dalgliesh had a record of 24-16-2 and Khalidov was 14-2-1. Dalgliesh had been fighting professionally since 2000, and was the much more experienced veteran coming into the fight, not to mention a dangerous striker.

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Mamed Khalidov vs. Jorge Santiago – Nov. 7 in Sengoku

Jorge Santiago takes on Mamed Khalidov on Nov. 7 at Sengoku 11 in Tokyo, Japan.
Jorge Santiago takes on Mamed Khalidov on Nov. 7 at Sengoku 11 in Tokyo, Japan.

PROMMA.INFO received the following press release from KSW spokesperson Artur Przybysz on Wednesday, announcing the confirmed fight between Mamed Khalidov and Jorge Santiago for Sengoku 11 on Nov. 7. If you are not familiar with Khalidov or KSW, then read my KSW International MMA Spotlight article.

Artur Przybysz:

If anybody thinks that MMA manager job in this country (Poland) is easy, he is just wrong. Contracting a bout abroad for a Polish fighter is always a great success. Even when everything is signed, there are a lot factors which the ultimate success depends on. We’ve read a lot of harsh words about our work last weeks.

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