KSW 41: Fight Card Breakdown

In their last event of the year, KSW takes over Katowice. What has been an incredible year for the Polish promotion we will be doing a report card style article after this event to recap 2017. Expect great stage production along with lots of variety. Here is the breakdown for KSW 41.

(Lightweight) Maciej Kazieczko vs Gracjan Szadzinski: We start off with 2 up and comers Both men fought on the first KSW show of this year where Kazieczko was victorious while Szadzinski who made his KSW debut lost. Despite this, he has more experience than Kazieczko with a record of 6 – 2 – 0, he also struggles to make 155lbs(70kgs). Kazieczko is on a 3 – 0 – 0 streak and is making his third KSW appearance, he will be looking to make it 4 – 0.

(Featherweight) Salahdine Parnasse vs Lukasz Rajewski: Another fight with 2 up and comers. Parnasse is one of the promising MMA fighters from the European scene. The Frenchmen is on a streak of 9 – 0 – 1 and is great on the ground and can go the distance. Rajewski is more of a striker, he has a record of 7 – 2 – 0 with both losses coming from his first 2 appearances in KSW. He has righted that wrong earlier this year with a decision win over Sebastian Romanowski. He also struggles with making weight, so this may become a catchweight.

(Lightweight) Kamil Szymuszowski vs Grzegorz Szulakowski: This has the potential to be fight of the night. 2 of the top fighters on the Polish scene right now. Szymuszowski is one of the top welterweights in Europe and will look to make an impact in the Lightweight division and is currently on a 9 fight win streak. Szulakowski is one of the top lightweights in Europe, he doesn’t have as much experience as his opponent but he is on a 7 fight win streak. 2 all rounders who are on top of their game with now. You would have to imagine whoever wins may get a title shot.

(Middleweight) Damian Janikowski vs Antoni Chmielewski: Bit of a mismatch here. Janikowski 1 – 0 – 0 in his MMA career and is renowned wrestler winning bronze in the 2012 Olympics at 84kg. However Chmielewski has an MMA record of 32 – 16 – 0 and is on 2 fight losing streak so will want to change his luck. This will be a real test for Janikowski and if he can pick up a win here, he will start to be taken seriously as an MMA fighter aswell as wrestler.

(Heavyweight) Michal Andryszak vs Fernando Rodrigues Jr: This could potentially be a title contender fight. Andryszak has been on a tear for a while now and is currently the #1 heavyweight in Europe. Rodrigues is the former heavyweight champion winning it from Karol Bedorf before losing it in the Colosseum to current champion Marcin Rozalski. Both men are known for finishing opponents early and will want to have a good showing.

(Featherweight) Roman Szymanski vs Marcin Wrzosek: Another fight that could be a potential title contender. Wrzosek is the former featherweight champion who lost his belt to Erbst at the Colosseum earlier this year and is looking for some redemption. Szymanski is an all rounder who is known particularly for going the distance has been successful in his first 2 KSW appearances and will look to keep the streak going, but Wrzosek who is an all rounder will be a difficult roadblock.

(Featherweight Championship) Kleber Koike Erbst(c) vs Artur Sowinski: Every event needs a grudge match and this is it. At KSW 33, these 2 went at it for the vacant title with Sowinski coming out on top with a decision. After 1 successful title defence, he lost the belt to Wrzosek who then lost it to Erbst. Erbst who is the #1 featherweight in Europe currently looks to avenge that loss. Erbst has very impressive BJJ with 18 submission victories to his name, while Sowinski is an all rounder he will have to try and keep the fight off the ground.

(Heavyweight) Pawel Popek Rak vs Tomasz Oswiecinski: It wouldn’t be a KSW show without celebrities. I had the pleasure of getting a lift to the 3 arena sitting opposite Oswiecinski for KSW 40. The man is famous for been an actor but don’t let that throw you off, the guy works out and like Popek is into his MMA training. Popek has had some success in his MMA career so far picking up a win in the Colosseum to acquire his 3rd victory by KO. Very little is known about Oswiecinski’s fighting style except for the fact he has a judo background. It’s never good stepping into the Octagon with an unknown, but this can go either way.

(Main Event) (Welterweight Championship) Borys Mankowski(c) vs Roberto Soldic: Originally this was meant to be between Mankowski and Dricus Du Plessis, but Du Plessis has a hand injury and was replaced by Soldic. Soldic is a knockout artist and has the height and youth advantage over the champion. However, Mankowski has the experience and preparation advantage. He lost in the main event of the Colosseum in a champion vs champion bout with Mamed Khalidov and will look to get back to winning ways. Mankowski is a slight favourite but Soldic is also making his KSW debut and is one of the best welterweights in Europe. This could go either way.

That’s our breakdown, catch all the action on Saturday Night on PPV, let us know your thoughts below, on Facebook and Twitter.

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