KSW this today announced the addition of a second heavyweight battle for the KSW 45 London card on 6th October at the SSE Arena Wembley. James ‘The Hammer’ McSweeney(15-16) returns to KSW to face former KSW heavyweight championship contender Michal ‘Longer’ Andryszak.(20-7)
McSweeney, a veteran of the infamous TUF heavyweights series that boasted Matt Mitrione, Brendan Schuab, Roy Nelson and Kimbo Slice, had been due to take on Mariusz Pudzianowski at the 3 arena in Dublin last November at KSW 40 but was pulled from the card. At the time, KSW CEO Martin Lewandowski spoke to MMA Fighting stating, “The process of having him medically cleared has been going on for the last five weeks, but the outcome of that was only finalized today.”
“It wasn’t finalized by the fighter or Safe MMA, it was mine and my business partner’s decision. We assumed that the worst-case scenario would be James being withdrawn from the card for some medical issue, but there was no medical issue behind what happened in my opinion.”
McSweeney himself stated that he was going through the process of being cleared by Safe MMA but the process was not completed. Safe MMA later confirmed McSweeney had indeed gone through the process but because of concerns over statements he made regarding seizures in 2016, they felt further tests were needed to establish whether McSweeney was fit to fight.
It seems with this announcement, KSW, McSweeney and Safe MMA must be confident of him being able to compete without issue, with the announcement coming only two and a half weeks before the KSW London show. For veteran McSweeney ‘MMA’s not dead’ just yet.
Andryszak came out on the losing side in a title match at KSW 43 in Wroclaw against Sunderland’s Phil De Fries, who won the contest and the KSW belt following Marcin Rozalski vacating the title due to contractual issues. Andryszak will be looking to get back into title contention following a string of impressive victories in ACB and KSW prior to his loss against De Fries. At only 26 years old, Andryszak’s record is strong and the Pole has time on his side to develop further.
Will TUF veteran McSweeney re-ignite his career and put himself into KSW title contention or will young Andryszak be knocking on the door of the winner of the main event between Phil De Fries and Karol Bedorf? It promises to be a massive night for the heavyweight division in KSW and European MMA.
Phil De Fries (c) vs. Karol Bedorf
Heavyweight: Popek Monster vs. Erko Jun
Dricus Du Plessis (c) vs. Roberto Soldic
Opening Round of Middleweight Tournament
Michal Materla vs. Damian Janikowski
Scott Askham vs. Marcin Wojcik
Heavyweight: James McSweeney vs. Michal Andryszak
Light Heavyweight: Akop Szostak vs. John Smith