A pair of legends will meet at KSW 44 in Gdansk, Poland on June 9 as German veteran Martin Zawada (28-14-1) faces former KSW middleweight champion Michal Materla (25-6) in a 90kg catchweight contest.
Known as a true veteran throughout Europe, Zawada has fought across the continent for the past fifteen years against some of the the top fighters on the scene including the likes of Mamed Khalidov, Jason Jones, and Igor Pokrajac, to name just a few. The heavy handed 34-year-old has earned a reputation for being one of the toughest and hardest hitting fighters ever produced in Europe and holds a career total of eighteen wins coming via KO/TKO.
Zawada returned to KSW earlier this after a ten year absence to rematch KSW legend Lukasz Jukowski and renewing a rivalry first formed at KSW 6 back in 2006. It was a ferocious fight with both men landing blow after blow but it was Zawada’s night once again after Jurkowski suffered an injury at the end of the first round.
Moving on from one KSW legend, Zawada now faces another in the shape of former middleweight champ Michal Materla. One of the most popular MMA fighters in Poland, Materla was on a quest to get back his middleweight strap knocking out Rousimar Palhares, Paulo Thiago, and Antoni Chmielewski before being stopped by top UK fighter Scott Askham in his last outing. Now we can expect the man they call ‘Cipao’, to return with great fury and focus as he looks to get back to winning ways.
KSW 44 will take place June 9 from the Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland and will be available live around the world on www.KSWTV.com.
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)
Sebastian Przybysz (3-1) & Dawid Gralka (6-1)