Polish-based MMA promotion KSW hold their first Irish event this Sunday in Dublin’s 3Arena. The show serves as just the second show outside of Poland for the organisation, but according Martin Lewandowski – KSW’s co-founder – it won’t be their last.
In an appearance on Irish MMA show Obviously Fight Talk, Lewandowski was asked if the promotion plan to make Ireland a regular destination.
“Yes, actually,” he said. “Ireland is one of our priorities if we’re are looking at the international or global map. Actually, you and England were our first choices to come to with our show. Even in 2018, we are planning to come back to Ireland.”
In an interview with Bloody Elbow earlier in the week, KSW’s CEO and (other) co-founder Maciej Kawulski revealed that 80% of the available tickets had already sold already. Lewandowski confirmed that while he hasn’t checked the exact numbers, that approximation sounded correct. He also confirmed that the 3Arena’s full seating plan would be utilised, a setup which BAMMA, Cage Warriors, and even Bellator MMA steered away from in past visits.
With the reported volume of tickets moved, and the fact that the promotion are using the full arena setup, it’s safe to assume that the event should be among the highest grossing MMA events in the country’s history, and Lewandowski believes this is indeed the case.
“Actually, I think, beside the UFC, right now we are the second best selling MMA show [in Ireland].”
Lewandowski estimated that a whopping 80% of those attending the Dublin show would be Polish, but said that he hopes for the Irish fans to to also show in droves also.