Main Event – Lightweight Title
Mateusz Gamrot (15-0-0) vs Norman Parke (28-6-1)
Feuds and trash talking are all part and parcel of MMA with the majority of the public warring of words a necessary evil in the build-up and anticipation of a fight. Nine times out of ten, the bravado and chest puffing are exactly that with no real substance behind the verbal venom shown by battling fighters. However, every now and again, a genuine dislike and bubbling animosity presents itself for all to witness.
On Saturday night, KSW interim lightweight champion Norman Parke meets KSW lightweight champion Mateusz Gamrot for the highly anticipated trilogy fight to determine the undisputed lightweight champion and put an end to the latest chapter in one of the greatest feuds in European MMA.
After their two previous controversial encounters, Norman Parke is hoping it’s third time lucky as he aims to become the first man to beat current champion, Mateusz Gamrot. In the first fight between the pair at KSW 39 in front of nearly 58,000 fans, Gamrot took the unanimous decision in what could have easily swung in the Irishman’s favour. The intense rivalry sparked into life midway through the second round when Gamrot appeared to bite Parke’s finger. Although visibly incensed by the underhand tactics taken by his Polish counterpart, Parke stepped up a notch and with his whole demeanour changing from that moment on.
Less than 5 months later, and the rematch took place at KSW 40 in Dublin, Ireland. From the off, the intensity of the fight was there for all to see as Parke and Gamrot when about putting on a striking war as both fighters traded with very little ground game as seen in the first fight.
After a low blow and a poke to the right eye of Parke earlier on, the fight came to a controversial conclusion towards the end of the second round as the stray fingers of Gamrot once again found the eye of Parke, only this time with greater consequences as referee Marc Goddard declared the fight a no contest.
From the mammoth crowd at KSW 39 to the backing of the Irish and UK fan base at KSW 40 in Dublin, Saturday night’s third encounter will be in the behind closed door setting of a TV studio in Warsaw. No matter where the fight takes place, the bitter rivalry between Parke and Gamrot collides again for what should be an explosive third fight.
Mateusz Gamrot beat Kleber Koike Erbst by unanimous decision
1st December 2018 – KSW 46: Narkun vs. Khalidov 2
Norman Parke beat Marcin Wrzosek by split decision
14th September 2019 – KSW 50: London
KSW 53 will be live on PPV via KSWTV on Saturday 11th July from 7pm GMT.