KSW legend and former middleweight champion Michał Materla (22-7) has been added to the star-studded KSW 53 card at the Atlas Arena in Łódź, Poland. Set for March 21st, his opponent will be the debuting Patrik Kincl (22-9) of the Czech Republic.
Materla is one of the most popular fighters in Poland and has long been one of the best middleweights on the European continent with career wins over the likes of Rousimar Palhares, Paulo Thiago, Kendall Grove, Tomasz Drwal, and Jay Silva. He also has an incredible twenty-one finishes to his name, including scoring knockouts in his past seven victories.
The 35-year-old is coming off a failed attempt to win back the middleweight title after suffering a third-round stoppage loss to Scott Askham at KSW 49 last May, in what was a fight of the year candidate. Now the veteran is ready to welcome new blood into KSW and attempt work his way back to the top of the division.
Originally slated to make his KSW debut last year, Patrik Kincl comes into the promotion in flying form and with a fierce reputation behind him. The 30-year-old is on a 9-1 run since 2015 with a host of impressive wins over tough opposition and seasoned veterans on the European circuit. Overall Kincl has a 72% finishing ratio and has proven to be incredibly well-rounded ever since making his debut back in 2007.
KSW 53: Fight Code will also feature five-time world’s strongest man Mariusz Pudzianowski (13-7), welterweight champion Roberto Soldić (17-3), former heavyweight champion Karol Bedorf (15-5), with even more stars to be announced soon. KSW53 will be available to watch live around the world on KSWTV