KSW Have Another Ludicrous Match-Up on the Cards And We’re Not Complaining… The Polish Promotion Have Replaced PRIDE as the Face of Crazy Fight Cards And With Former 5 x World’s Strongest Man Mariusz Pudzianowski on the Cards, You Can Bet There’s Going to be a Battle of the Beasts…
Marius Pudzianowski is an absolute monster of a human being. He’s the former 5 x World’s Strongest man, winning the prestigious accolade for the first time in 2002, and the final time in 2008. Now he’s an MMA fighter and is one of the main faces of KSW, a promotion from his native country of Poland.
KSW is absolutely surging in popularity. One of their most intelligent decisions was choosing to hold just five cards per year. That makes each one of their events feel special and momentous. When you add in the fact that there are a bunch of wild men fighting for them, they are truly unique.
How exactly does a 260lb fighter like Pudzianowski, also known as ‘Pudzian’ or ‘Dominator,’ prepare for a fight? Watch his training regime below.
‘The Dominator’ is an absolute beast. He first started MMA in 2009 and has a record of 12-6. Despite his weight, he’s evidently got immense conditioning – unusual for such a big man. As you can see above he savages the heavy bag and demonstrates power and core strength throughout the workout.
One of his most high-profile defeats was to Tim Sylvia, the former two-time UFC champion. He was submitted by ‘The Maine-iac’ back in 2010. Despite never winning a belt, Pudzianowski remains popular because his shows guarantee action. However, he is coming off a loss in June.
His next opponent is a man with a very similar background. Szymon Kolecki was a gold medallist in Beijing in 2008, where he competed in powerlifting. Kolecki has built up some hype by winning four MMA fights in a row. This is set to be a genuine clash of the Titans. This fight will go down at KSW 47 in Lodz, Poland, on March 23.
Both of these men have tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in the past. Kolecki was banned from competing in the 2004 Olympics in Athens. Meanwhile, Pudzianowski received a one-year ban from strongmen competitions in 2004 and forced to return prize money.
Juice the two of these of these giants up to the gills and let them fight. Who cares? KSW clearly don’t.
2009 promises to be a massive year for the global rise of MMA. The UFC faced serious competition for the first time in the second half of last year. ONE has as many fans in Asia as the UFC does in the west. Meanwhile, Bellator and RIZIN also made significant gains.
The world of MMA promises to become even more competitive. KSW could be doing a smart thing by making sure that they are carving out their own niche. The freak fights will continue to excite fans who will tune in just to watch two massive dudes unleash carnage on each other. With the likes of Martyn Ford set to make their debuts for the Polish promotion this year, we won’t have too long to wait!