Khalidov vs. Karaoglu, Materla vs. Grove & Pudzianowski official for KSW 35

Earlier tonight at KSW 34 the promotion announced three massive fights for their next show set to take place in Gdansk, Poland on May 28th in the Ergo Arena.

It had been previously stated that KSW 35 would feature three of the promotion’s top stars in Mamed Khalidov, Michal Materla and Marius Pudzianowski on the mammoth card. But now their opponents have been revealed.

Mamed Khalidov (31-4-2) will defend his newly acquired middleweight title against Aziz Karaoglu (9-6) in the main event. Karaoglu comes into this fight having won his past three fights via first round (T)KO including a dominating win over Maiquel Falcao in his last outing. Khalidov is undefeated in MMA since 2010 and has won his past eleven fights, then of which were stoppages.

UFC veteran Kendall Grove (23-15, 1 NC) will finally get his rematch against Michal Materla (22-5) in the co-main event of the evening. The pair first met in 2013 with Materla walking away with the unanimous decision. Since then Grove has had a 4-2 run in Bellator, which include two (T)KO wins in his past two fights, and has also wracked up a win over UFC vet Danny Mitchell. Materla will be looking to bounce back from his loss against his longtime friend Mamed Khalidov at KSW 33 and work his way back towards the title.

Finally, two big Polish fan favourites will collide as Mariusz Pudzianowski (9-4, 1 NC) will square off against Marcin Rozalski (5-4) in a fight that will send KSW fans nuts. Pudzian is one of the most famous faces in Polish sport through his success as multiple time world’s strongest man and then also his surprisingly impressive career thus far in MMA. The 39-year-old recently had a four-fight-win-streak snapped when he lost to Peter Graham via TKO in the second round in London last October. Rozalski also fought on the same show losing to James McSweeney via submission in a short but very entertaining fight. Entertaining seems to be a popular word to describe Rozalski and his legion of fans are proof of that. The unconventional fighter with his trademark body and facial tattoos has etched out a spot for himself as one of Poland’s most beloved fighters. A clash of the Polish titans would best describe this fight.

Marcin Rozalski
Marcin Rozalski

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