Not a good look for MMA. UFC veteran Norman Parke caught a left hand to the chin after his fight in Poland finished last night…

Capping off quite a busy weekend of action, KSW 40 went down in Dublin, Ireland last night. Featuring the promotion’s top talents and draws, the event was originally headlined by James McSweeney vs. Mariusz Pudzianowski.

When McSweeney’s medical papers took too long to clear, KSW inserted Jay Silva into the main event slot. As if that wasn’t bad enough, the rematch between Norman Parke and Mateusz Gamrot again ended in controversy.

Having faced off at KSW 39 for the lightweight title during their first battle, Parke vs. Gamrot was a gritty fight. Their bad blood ran thick, and Gamrot was even caught biting Parke’s finger in their first meeting.

As has quite often been the case in Poland, the judges scoring heavily favored Gamrot. The immediate rematch in Ireland didn’t make it to the final round, but there was no clear winner this time either.

Norman Parke told the referee he was bitten by Mateusz Gamrot, but nothing was done about it…

Rematch Turns Messy Too

Standing and trading blows for the most part of the rematch, Gamrot and Parke had the crowd entertained. Then, just before the end of the second round, Gamrot landed a couple of nasty eye gouges.

Seeing the damage to Parke’s eye from the pokes, referee Marc Goddard called a stop to the action. Unfortunately, Gamrot’s corner didn’t get the memo, and one of them even punched Parke in the face.

Watch as the Irish UFC veteran catches a clip on the jaw in front of his home crowd:

Meanwhile, in the main event, the former world’s strongest man ‘Pudzian’ scored a decision win over UFC veteran Jay Silva. Honestly, the fight looked somewhat strange.

Not to take anything away from either man, as they were clearly spent, but McSweeney would likely have finished Pudz in this condition.

Watch the highlights below, clearly filmed on some sort of potato:

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Mariusz Pudzianowski def. Jay Silva via majority decision

Mateusz Gamrot vs. Norman Parke ends in a no contest (accidental eye pokes) in R2

Michal Materla def. Paulo Thiago via TKO (strikes) at 4.10 of R2

Ariane Lipski def. Mariana Morais via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:01 of R1 (retains flyweight title)

David Zawada def. Maciej Jewtuszko via unanimous decision

Chris Fields def. Michal Fijalka via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)

Paul Redmond def. Lukasz Chiewicki via split decision (30-27, 30-27, 28-29)

Paul Lawrence def. Konrad Iwanowski via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)

Antun Racic def. Pawel Politylo via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)

So overall quite an unflattering night for KSW, who currently are Poland’s biggest MMA promotion. Is that because there really aren’t any other MMA promotions in Poland? Perhaps so.

Maybe, like Bellator, they just need to realize guys like Pudzianowski don’t deserve main event status. With up and coming fighters in their ranks, KSW needs to start focusing n talent rather than muscled personalities, because it’s a slippery slope when you practice the latter.

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