KSW returns to the beautiful seaside town of Gdansk, Poland on June 9th with an action packed KSW 44 card set take place at the famous Ergo Arena.
Today, the final fight was added to the card. Poland’s own Lukasz Rajewski (7-3) will face Croatia’s Leo Zulic (8-2) in what promises to be 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 stint in KSW and will surely see this as a must win fight. Zulic on the other hand will be making his promotional debut and enters on a three-fight-win-streak with his last two opponents not making it past the first round.
This fight rounds off a nine fight card that is one of KSW’s more expansive cards to date featuring a host of international fighters along with a selection of KSW’s marquee names.
Five time 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 last three fights.
Sidelined through injury for the past year, Bedorf will be chomping at the bit to get back into the cage and will certainly see this as the perfect opportunity to move a step closer to getting his heavyweight title back. Fans will finally get to 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 bounced back with a win in his next 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 extremely 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.
Full 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