KSW 53: Gamrot takes the spoils in grudge match with Parke

One of the most intense rivalries in European MMA is seemingly over after Mateusz Gamrot beat Norman Parke in the trilogy fight grudge match. After an endless war of words, the score was settled by a dominant and clinical performance by the lightweight champion.

Refusing to touch gloves with Parke at the start of the fight, Gamrot was here for business only as his precision and efficient striking saw off Parke. With both fighters pacing themselves in the first, Gamrot was picking his shots with pinpoint accuracy and stamping his authority on the fight from the off.

A Gamrot vs Parke fight wouldn’t be the same without some sort of second round incident and that’s what we got as Gamrot appeared to direct a thumb in the direction of Parke’s eye. Parke highlighted this but with no real damage done, the incident was forgotten.

A savage left elbow from Gamrot closed the right eye of Parke in the second as things didn’t get any better for the Irishman. Gamrot continued to probe and pick his shots with extreme intelligence and by the third minute of the third round, the fight was over. With a cut below the left eye of Parke added, the referee called time out and ushered in the doctor who almost immediately signalled the end for Parke.

Although a disappointing end to a bitter trilogy of fights, Norman Parke was gracious in defeat. Mateusz Gamrot refused to shake hands with Parke immediately after the fight but after apologising in the ring, the two foes shook hands and therefore ended the feud between the two.

Elsewhere on what was an action packed event for the returning KSW, Borys Mańkowski scored a unanimous decision victory over Marcin Wrzosek in an entertaining and competitive co-main event. In a fight where you could make arguments for either Mańkowski or Wrzosek getting the nod, it was former welterweight champion Mańkowski who swung it with all three judges scoring it 29-28 in the Tasmanian Devil’s favour.

With both fighters eager to fight on the inside, head clashes were inevitable in what was a high-level grappling display from both Mańkowski and former featherweight champion, Wrzosek.

Polish MMA legend Tomasz Drwal made a triumphant return to action after a five-year absence after finishing Lukasz Bienkowski midway through the second-round. After what seemed like a tentative start from Drwal in the first, it was Bienkowski who started the livelier landing some heavy kicks to the leading leg of Drwal. However, once Drwal got Bienkowski to the ground late in the first, the game plan became all too evident.

With 2:34 on the clock in the second-round, the referee called a halt to proceedings after Drwal once again grounded Bienkowski and unleashed a series of unanswered hammer fists on his exhausted opponent.

In the battle of the KSW debutants, Andrzej Grzebyk put on an exemplary performance to see off Tomasz Jakubiec. The former double FEN champion temporarily struggled to get a foot hold but once he found his range and rhythm early in the first, Grzebyk dictated and took control.

Dropping Jakubiec twice in the first, the damage was already done as the second-round got underway. Landing a straight right that dropped Jakubiec again, the referee waved off the fight 15 seconds in following two hammer fists from Grzebyk. Moving onto 17-3, Grzebyk has now recorded 6 consecutive stoppages in a row as he puts the welterweight division on high alert with a commanding performance.

Things were always going to be tough for Filip Pejic coming in as a late replacement to face Roman Szymanski but having a point deducted in the first-round for a second fence grab made things even tougher. In what was a very competitive fight, Szymanski played it spot on tactically despite being rocked in the first by a Superman punch from the Croatian, Pejic. However, in the third-round, Szymanski secured the finish from a dominant position as he rained down a series of unanswered strikes on a defenceless Pejic.

Former featherweight champion Artur Sowinski took just over two minutes to see off the potential threat of Gracjan Szadzinski. With his cool and calm demeanour in the ring, Sowinski hurt Szadzinski with a left jab to the face before unleashing hell with a series of knees that knocked out Szadzinski’s gumshield and put him on his back. Immediately capitalising on his stricken opponent, Sowinski was relentless in his pursuit of the finish as he unloaded at least ten unanswered hammer fists before the referee had seen enough.

In the quickest finish of the night, Michal Pietrzak made lightwork of Kamil Szymuszowski by picking up a KO victory after 56 seconds of the first-round. After landing a double left hand jab, Pietrzak floored Szymuszowski with a straight right that had him reeling. Once down, three hammer fists from Pietrzak ensured it was lights out for Szymuszowski. Immediately after the fight, Pietrzak stated his interest in another crack at welterweight king, Roberto Soldić.

In the opening bout of the night, Sebastian Przybysz gained revenge for a defeat against Jakub Wiklacz at ACB 63 in Gdansk back in July 2017. From the off, Przybysz showed his boxing talent as both fighters spent the vast majority of the first in the centre of the ring. Wiklacz showed his danger on the ground throughout but at 1:18 of the third round, Przybysz dropped Wiklacz with a brutal liver shot that signalled the end of the fight. Przybysz moves onto 7-2 following this commanding performance.

KSW 53: Reborn Results
Saturday 11th July 2020
Undisclosed Studio, Warsaw, Poland

Mateusz Gamrot beat Norman Parke by TKO (doctor stoppage)
at 3:02 of round 3

Borys Mankowski beats Marcin Wrzosek by unanimous decision

Tomasz Drwal beat Lukasz Bienkowski by TKO (strikes) at 2:34 of round 2

Andrzej Grzebyk beat Tomasz Jakubiec by TKO (strikes) at 0:15 of round 2

Roman Szymanski beat Filip Pejic by TKO (strikes) at 4:37 of round 3

Artur Sowinski beat Gracjan Szadzinski by TKO (strikes) at 2:04 of round 1

Michal Pietrzak beat Kamil Szymuszowski by KO (strikes) at 0:56 of round 1

Sebastian Przybysz beat Jakub Wiklacz by TKO (body shot)
at 1:18 of round 3

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