KSW returns to the beautiful seaside town of Gdansk, Poland on June 9th with an action packed KSW 44 card taking place at the famous Ergo Arena.
The final fight was today added to the card. Poland’s Lukasz Rajewski (7-3) will face Croatia’s Leo Zulic (8-2) in an explosive affair as both men between them have twelve finishes, nine of which have come in the first round. 28-year-old Rajewski is currently 1-1 now during his second run in KSW and will see this as a must win fight while Zulic comes in for his promotional debut and enters on a three-fight-win-streak.
This fight rounds off a nine fight card that is one of the more expansive cards to date featuring a host of international fighters, some of KSW’s marquee names, and a dash of the much loved KSW spectacles.
Five times world’s strongest man Mariusz Pudzianowski (12-5) and former KSW heavyweight champion Karol Bedorf (14-3) will finally square off in a fight that is years in the making! Pudzianowski is arguably in the best shape of his MMA career and comes into this contest having won his past three fights. Sidelined through injury for the past year, Bedorf will be chomping at the bit to get back into the cage and will see this as the perfect opportunity to move a step closer to get his heavyweight title back. Fans will finally see these two behemoths meet in the middle of the KSW arena!
The fate of the KSW featherweight title will be decided as old rivals Marcin Wrzosek (13-4) and Kleber Koike Erbst (23-4-1) meet once again with the vacant title up for grabs. Wrzosek originally dropped the title to Erbst at the historic KSW 39 event last year but immediately won his following fight and now ‘The Polish Zombie’ has worked his way back into title contention. Erbst will also be clamouring to get the title back having relinquished it before his last fight due to uncharacteristically missing weight. The Japanese fighter has proven to be one of the best featherweights in the world over the past decade with just one loss and nineteen wins since 2009.
Two of Europe’s hardest hitting fighters will collide on June as former KSW champ Michal Materla (25-6) meets the well-travelled veteran Martin Zawada (28-14-1) in a clash that is certain to provide a highlight reel finish while Polish actor Tomasz Oswiecinski (1-0) will compete against internationally famous bodybuilder and fitness model Erko Jun (0-0) in what will be a massive crossover fight that will have the whole fitness world watching. Also on the card will be very important fights for Irish stars Paul Redmond (14-6) and Chris Fields (12-7-1) as they face Gracjan Szadzinski (7-2) and Wagner Prado (13-3), respectively.
KSW 44 will be live around the world on June 9 on www.KSWTV.com and is not to be missed.
KSW 44 Fight Card:
Karol Bedorf (14-3) vs. Mariusz Pudzianowski (12-5)
Kleber Koike Erbst (23-4-1) vs. Marcin Wrzosek (13-4)
Tomasz Oswiecinski (1-0) vs. Erko Jun (0-0)
Michal Materla (25-6) vs. Martin Zawada (28-14-1)
Filip Wolanski (11-2) & Daniel Torres (7-3)
Chris Fields (12-7-1) vs. Wagner Prado (13-3)
Gracjan Szadzinski (7-2) vs. Paul Redmond (14-6)
Lukasz Rajewski (7-3) vs. Leo Zulic (8-2)
Sebastian Przybysz (3-1) & Dawid Gralka (6-1)
*Bout order to be finalized