KSW co-owner Martin Lewandowski confirmed Arriane Lipski(11-3), the promotion’s women’s Flyweight champion, would not be re signing with the promotion. Lipski has instead been confirmed on the UFC’s Buenos Aires card on November 17th against Maryna Moroz.
Lewandowski spoke to MMA.PL to explain that negotiations on a new deal had broken down.
“As confirmed on MMA.pl we did not extend the contract with Ariane Lipski,” he said. “This decision is motivated by the fact that engagement with Ariane did not have a projected benefit in business terms, it is necessary to make reasonable decisions, even if they are difficult.”
It appears parting company of one of the promotions biggest stars was with a heavy heart and motivated by financial concerns. Lipski herself expressed similar sentiments in a heartfelt instagram post.
“Thank you @martinlewandowski and @kawul_ksw I love @ksw_mma and I am very happy to have worked with all of this beautiful organization, they were great experiences, thank you !!!! I hope to return to fight for KSW one day, and I promise to return to Poland as soon as possible !!! Thanks to the fans who were happy for me because they understand that it is a new phase in my career, your support is very important for me, I will always be with you.”
Lipski, the ‘Violence Queen’ faces a stiff test against Moroz, the former strawweight who defeated Joanne Calderwood in 2014 has had a dip in form since and is on a 2 fight win streak, Lipski is riding a 9 fight win streak following her opening 5 bouts leaving her with a record of 2-3.
KSW invested a lot in pushing the image of Lipski over the last few years, her undoubted talents and beauty making her a massive fan favourite in Poland and beyond. Her breakthrough moment coming at KSW 39 kicking off the show in front of 56,000 fans when she captured flyweight gold against Diana Belbiţă with a first round submission followed by jubilant celebrations.
With the UFC’s Flyweight division only really beginning to take shape, a win or two could see Lipski thrown into title contention. Valentina Shevchenko is at present waiting to be matched for a title fight following her championship bout with Nicco Montano being scrapped and Montano stripped of the title after failing to make weight for UFC 228. Lipski represents a valuable addition to a division that needs more talent to rival the success of the UFC’s other women’s weight categories. All eyes on the ‘Violence Queen’s’ debut in Buenos Aires.