KSW 47: The X Warriors took place from the Atlas Arena in Lodz, Poland on Saturday night and the card was highly anticipated by many MMA fans in Europe. The fact that KSW could put together a card that had 3 Olympic medalists featured is a huge feat for the organisation. It was billed as being a night filled with evenly matched fights with people questioning how certain bouts would go and despite the card dragging in some places, there were some memorable moments.
The evening’s main event saw KSW heavyweight champion, Phil De Fries, retain his title as he scored a dominant, unanimous decision over KSW Light Heavyweight champion, Tomasz Narkun. This snapped Narkun’s seven fight winning streak and gave him his first taste of defeat since 2014. De Fries floored Narkun with a big punch in the first round and the Englishman followed him down to the mat while being sure to stay heavy on top so that Narkun couldn’t begin to work for any angles. This dominance continued for the following three rounds as Phil stayed disciplined on the feet and was content to work in Narkun’s guard ensuring that he didn’t keep his hands on the mat for too long.
The light heavyweight champion briefly started a late rally at the beginning of the final round as he got off some significant strikes but once De Fries took him down again the fight was pretty much over despite Narkun still throwing up some armbar attempts. De Fries’ incredible career turnaround continues as he is building an impressive resume in the promotion. He could well now be facing the prospect of looking to avenge one of his defeats from 2014 in his next contest while it is likely that Narkun moves back down to light heavyweight to defend his title there.
In a fight that was advertised as being ‘the strongest fight in MMA history,’ KSW newcomer, Szymon Kolecki, picked up the biggest victory of his career so far as he defeated five time world’s strongest man, Mariusz Pudzianowski, as a result of an injury. It was a scene resembling two silver-back gorillas tussling around as the two giants spent the majority of the fight inside the clinch. Pudzian began by out-muscling the 2008 Olympic weightlifting gold medalist to hold him against the cage even though Kolecki was landed more strikes while being controlled. The end of the fight came at around the four minute mark of the first round after Kolecki managed to land a big takedown on Pudzian, injuring his leg on the process.
It was a bit of an anti climax and it would have been interesting to see how the fight would have played out if the injury hadn’t of occurred. Kolecki is another interesting addition to the KSW heavyweight division and there are some fun match ups that could be available for him in the future. It is yet to be seen the extent of the damage done to Pudzianowski as he was visibly compromised backstage when being helped to the medical room by his corner.
Norman Parke had a successful welterweight debut as he took a decision in a high paced fight over the returning Borys Mankowski in a bout that had much heat going in. This was Mankowski’s first fight since 2017 after having a number of recent injury concerns but he showed no signs of rust as his striking and combinations looked outstanding in the first round. However, after Parke’s usual toughness was on display, he came back into the fight during the second round as he began to set up more strikes of his own before scoring a late takedown. In the final stanza, Parke ended up in a dominant position on the ground after an unsuccessful Mankowski takedown attempt before raining down a number of strikes.
This loss means that Mankowski is now on a 3 fight skid, which would have been almost unthinkable a few years ago when he was about to take on Mamed Khalidov at the Colosseum show. He called for a rematch with Parke after the bout but giving him a tune up fight so he can get back on the right track seems like the best decision for all. It remains to be seen whether Parke will stay at 170 or move back down to more familiar waters at lightweight.
In another heavyweight feature, Satoshi Ishii made a winning start to his KSW career as he got past former heavyweight champion, Fernando Rodrigues. This fight was a total contrast to the all action Mankowski v Parke battle, with few significant moments occurring. Ishii landed a big punch in the second that hurt Rodrigues who eventually recovered but the Japanese fighter’s forward pressure and composure in grappling positions was enough to earn the victory. It is worth mentioning that Rodrigues did an excellent job at never accepting bottom position and continuously worked tirelessly to get back to his feet. After extending his winning streak to six, a clash with heavyweight champion, Phil De Fries, could well be next as Ishii holds a win over the Englishman.
The most shocking moment of the night came in the middleweight match up between Damian Janikowski and Aleksandar Ilic. The wrestling standout, Janikowski, dominated the first two rounds with his grappling and he landed some highlight reel suplexes that punctuated his superiority. Despite that, the fight came to a definite end when Ilic landed a head kick that left Janikowski unconscious before he even hit the floor. This was a devastating loss for the popular Polish fighter who will now look to rebuild while Ilic can look ahead to chasing down a shot at the middleweight title.
Other notable action saw ‘The Polish Zombie’ Marcin Wrzosek get back into the win column as he earned a solid victory over Krzysztof Klaczek. Karolina Owczarz moved to 2-0 as she just squeezed past the returning Marta Chojnoska and Pawel Politylo got his first win in the promotion after scoring a TKO victory.
The promotion return on April 27th for a smaller show headlined by an interim title fight between featherweights Salahdine Parnasse and Roman Szymanski.
The full results for KSW 47 are:-
Phil De Fries defeated Tomasz Narkun by unaminous decision to retain the KSW heavyweight title
Szymon Kolecki defeated Mariusz Pudzianowski by TKO (injury) at 4:24 of round 1
Norman Parke defeated Borys Mankowski by unanimous decision
Satoshi Ishii defeated Fernando Rodrigues by split decision
Aleksandar Ilic defeated Damian Janikowski by KO (head kick) at 0:23 of round 3
Marcin Wrzosek defeated Krzysztof Klaczek by unanimous decision
Karolina Owczarz defeated Marta Chojnoska by split decision
Maciej Kazieczko defeated Bartlomiej Kopera by majority decision
Pawel Politylo defeated Dawid Gralka by TKO (strikes) at 3:52 of round 2