Undefeated in twenty fights in the KSW arena stretching back to 2007, Mamed Khalidov (34-5-2) had faced and beaten all forms of challengers. Fighters from different countries and backgrounds, even fighters from different generations, they all came to attempt to beat the legend… and they all failed.
Khalidov’s wins are like a hunter’s trophy wall. Matt Lindland, James Irvin, Michal Materla, Jesse Taylor, Borys Mankowski, Kendall Grove, and Melvin Manhoef are just some of the heads that hang on Khalidov’s wall. A long list of fallen foes.
Then at KSW 42 earlier this year Khalidov decided to accept a new challenge. He took on a much younger and bigger Tomasz Narkun (15-2) – the KSW light heavyweight champion. It was the most dangerous challenge Khalidov has ever undertaken. Commendable for a fighter in the twilight of his storied career.
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The fight itself will surely be in the conversation for any ‘Fight of the Year’ discussions. Khalidov won the first two rounds knocking Narkun down a number of times. But then in the third round Narkun pulled off a surprise submission and Khalidov tapped out for the first time in KSW. The streak was over.
Now at KSW 46 on December 1 they will do it all over again as Khalidov will aim to avenge his only KSW loss and Narkun attempts to cement his own legacy.
KSW 46 Fight Card
Main Event – Superfight – 92kg Catchweight
Mamed Khalidov (34-5-2) vs. Tomasz Narkun (15-2)
Vacant Featherweight Title
Mateusz Gamrot (14-0) vs. Kleber Koike Erbst (24-4-1)
Featherweight: Marcin Wrzosek (13-4) vs. Salahdine Parnasse (11-0-1)
Welterweight: Borys Mankowski (19-7-1) vs. Bruce Souto (12-3)
Featherweight: Roman Szymanski (10-4) vs. Daniel Torres (8-3)
Lightweight: Gracjan Szadzinski (8-2) vs. Marian Ziolkowski (19-7-1)
Lightweight: Artur Sowinski (18-10) vs. Kamil Szymuszowski (16-5)
Bantamweight: Antun Racic (21-8-1) vs. Sebastian Przybysz (4-1)
Welterweight: Krystian Kaszubowski (6-0) vs. Michal Michalski (6-3)
KSW 46 will be live around the world via online PPV on www.KSWTV.com.