KSW 53: Card round-up

It is no bold claim to state that, under normal circumstances, a KSW show is like no other. With exceptional production, relatively small fight cards and an abundance of talent, the Polish promotion takes great pride in putting on nothing but the best events.

Despite KSW 53: Reborn being staged behind closed doors, make no assumptions that the next chapter in Martin Lewandoswki and his teams MMA juggernaut will be nothing but exceptional.

Following on from our Gamrot vs Parke, Mańkowski vs Wrzosek and Drwal vs Bieńkowski features, we round-up the remaining five fights on Saturday night’s explosive card.

Main Card – Welterweight Bout
Andrzej Grzebyk (16-3-0) vs Tomasz Jakubiec (10-2-0)

Two exciting KSW debutants feature on the main card as Andrzej Grzebyk takes on Tomasz Jakubiec. With the hope being from the powers that be that one, if not both, will shake up the welterweight division, Grzebyk and Jakubiec will be looking to impress on their debuts.

As the former FEN double champion at both welterweight and middleweight, Andrzej Grzebyk has knockout power as his previous five fights will attest. Currently on an eight-fight winning streak, Grzebyk has only been taken the distance once on his current tear. Unbeaten since November 2015, Grzebyk’s last defeat came against current UFC fighter, Alessio Di Chirico, where he came out on the wrong side of a unanimous decision.   

Also unbeaten since 2015, Tomasz Jakubiec comes into his KSW debut on the back of five wins on Polish promotions Armia Fight Night and Spartan Fight. His last defeat was also a unanimous decision when he lost out to Peter Queally, now making a name for himself with Bellator.

Last Fight:

Andrzej Grzebyk beat Robert Fonseca by KO/TKO (punches)
12th October 2019 – FEN 26

Tomasz Jakubiec beat Robert Turnquest by KO/TKO (punches)
14th June 2019 – Armia Fight Night 6

Main Card – Lightweight Bout
Roman Szymański (12-5-0) vs Filip Pejić (14-3-2)

On a card packed with lightweight talent, another intriguing encounter pits Roman Szymański against Croatian Filip Pejić. Originally scheduled to face the unbeaten Mateusz Legierski, Szymański now meets the more experienced Pejić after Legierski was forced to withdraw through injury. With four wins and two defeats under the KSW banner, Szymański is the former FEN lightweight champion and is known for his high-level boxing and a black belt in BJJ.

Replacement Filip Pejić comes into this one on the back of unanimous decision defeat in his hometown of Zagreb against Daniel Torres at KSW 51: Croatia. Prior to that, Pejić was on a four-fight win streak including a second round TKO win over Filip Wolanski on his KSW debut. Notably, Pejić also has one appearance for the UFC on his record although he suffered a first-round submission (rear-naked choke) defeat to Damian Stasiak on that occasion.

Last Fight:

Roman Szymański beat Miloš Janičić by unanimous decision
9th November 2019 – KSW 51: Croatia

Filip Pejić lost to Daniel Torres by unanimous decision
9th November 2019 – KSW 51: Croatia

Main Card – Lightweight bout
Artur Sowiński (20-11-0) vs Gracjan Szadziński (8-3-0)

Other than an occasional dalliance with Celtic Gladiator, which saw him take on the likes of Conor McGregor and Artem Lobov, Artur Sowiński has been plying his trade with KSW since 2010. As a veteran and warrior of the sport, few would have foreseen a near ten-year stint with the promotion following a unanimous decision defeat to Danny van Bergen at the Atlas Arena in Łódź. Five years after his debut in the promotion, Sowiński reached the top when he won the featherweight title after beating Kleber Koike Erbst via unanimous decision at KSW 33: Materla vs Khalidov.

In comparison to Sowiński, Gracjan Szadziński is a mere novice to the world of KSW with four fights for the promotion under his belt. With 2 wins and 2 draws whilst competing on KSW cards, Szadziński has six wins by way of KO/TKO to his name including that of Paul Redmond at KSW 44: The Game.

Last Fight:

Artur Sowiński beat Vinicius Bohrer by KO/TKO (head kick and punches)
7th December 2019 – KSW 52: Askham vs. Khalidov

Gracjan Szadziński lost to Marian Ziółkowski by unanimous decision
27th April 2019 – KSW 48: Szymański vs. Parnasse

Prelims – Catchweight Bout
Kamil Szymuszowski (17-6-0) vs Michał Pietrzak (8-4-0)

To say that Michał Pietrzak had a baptism of fire on his KSW debut would be a mild understatement. Coming in as a late replacement for the injured Patrik Kincl, Pietrzak rose to the challenge to take on welterweight champion, Roberto Soldić. With his fearsome reputation, Soldić was expected by many to walk through Pietrzak at the 50th anniversary event in London last year. However, Pietrzak had other ideas as he took Soldić the distance and lost out by unanimous decision.

Taking on Pietrzak on Saturday night will be Kamil Szymuszowski. Fighting out of Gracie Barra, Łódź, Szymuszowski lost his last two KSW outings against Artur Sowiński and Grzegorz Szulakowski but prior to that was making a name for himself in the promotion. After winning his first four fights, including a win over another man on Saturday night’s card, Gracjan Szadziński, Szymuszowski will be looking to get back to winning ways put himself in the back in contention.

Last Fight:

Kamil Szymuszowski beat Marcin Pawłowski by KO/TKO (punches)
25th May 2019 – Wieczór Walk SWD 4

Michał Pietrzak lost to Roberto Soldić by unanimous decision
14th September 2019 – KSW 50: London

Prelims – Bantamweight Bout
Sebastian Przybysz (6-2-0) vs Jakub Wikłacz (10-2-1)

Another KSW debutant on Saturday’s card is bantamweight Jakub Wikłacz. With a 10-2-1 record, Wikłacz has competed on regional shows as well as the likes of Celtic Gladiator and ACB. With eight of his ten wins coming by way of submission, it’s pretty clear to see where the threat from Wikłacz will come from but that’s not to say that he won’t be a danger elsewhere.

To add an interesting narrative to this fight, one of the two occasions that Wikłacz didn’t submit his opponent was on an ACB card in 2017 where he secured a unanimous decision over, you guessed it, Sebastian Przybysz. Since then, Przybysz has only been beaten on one other occasion when he suffered another unanimous decision, this time against Antun Račić at KSW 46.

With three KSW wins to his name already, Przybysz will be looking to avenge the defeat in his previous encounter with Wikłacz and continue his strong run in the bantamweight division.

Last Fight:

Sebastian Przybysz beat Lemmy Krušič by unanimous decision
9th November 2019 – KSW 51: Croatia

Jakub Wikłacz beat Nikolay Kondratuk by submission (rear-naked choke)
15th February 2020 – Eagles Next Level

KSW 53 Fight Card
Saturday 11th July 2020
Warsaw, Poland

Main Event – Undisputed Lightweight Title
Mateusz Gamrot (15-0) vs. Norman Parke (28-6-1)

Co-main event-
Lightweight: Borys Mankowski (20-8-1) vs. Marcin Wrzosek (14-6)

Middleweight: Tomasz Drwal (21-5-1) vs. Lukasz Bienkowski (5-3)

Welterweight: Andrzej Grzebyk (16-3) vs. Tomasz Jakubiec (10-2)

Lightweight: Roman Szymanski (12-5) vs. Filip Pejic (14-3-2)

Lightweight: Artur Sowinski (20-11) vs. Gracjan Szadzinski (8-3)

Catchweight: Kamil Szymuszowski (17-6) vs. Michal Pietrzak (8-4)

Bantamweight: Sebastian Przybysz (6-2) vs. Jakub Wiklacz (10-2-1)

KSW 53: Reborn will be live on PPV via KSWTV on Saturday 11th July from 7pm GMT.

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