MMAMotion Exclusive Interview: Scott Askham – “Defend or vacate. I want that belt!”

It is announced that KSW are returning to London. On October 6th, we see the return of the fast growing European promotion as they make their way back to the SSE Arena, Wembley in London.

Known for their incredibly high level production,  entertaining and world class fights and just their overall spectacle, eyes will surely be on KSW as they make a highly anticipated return to English shores.

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News: Scott Askham, Damian Janikowski and Popek Monster confirmed for KSW London

The first fighters competing at KSW 45: The Return to Wembley have been confirmed by the promotion for their October 6 card at The SSE Arena, Wembley.

Infamous rapper and former London resident Popek Monster (3-3) is set to return to action following a successful stint away from the cage on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ in Poland. Joining him on the London card will be Olympic medalist Damian Janikowski (3-0), who will make his first international MMA appearance after three straight finishes over notably more experienced opposition.

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News: KSW 44 Weigh-In Results

All fighters successfully made weight in Gdansk, Poland ahead of KSW 44. With all planned fights confirmed, the event can be watched live around the world from via online PPV at www.KSWTV.com with the action kicking off at 7pm local time (1pm EST).

Check out the video below for all the highlights of the weigh ins along with a full break down of the weigh in results below.

 

Main Event – Heavyweight

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Mariusz Pudzianowski (117kg)

Karol Bedorf (116.5kg)

Co-Main – Catchweight – 90kg

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Michał Materla (89.9kg)

Martin Zawada (89.9kg)

Heavyweight

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Erko Jun (102.3kg)

Tomasz Oświeciński (114.6kg)

Catchweight – 68kg

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Kleber Koike Erbst (67.8kg)

Marian Ziółkowski (68kg)

Lightweight

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Gracjan Szadziński (70.8kg)

Paul Redmond (70.8kg)

Light Heavyweight

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Chris Fields (93.1kg)

Wagner Prado (93.4kg)

Featherweight

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Łukasz Rajewski (70.8kg)

Leo Zulic (70.2kg)

Bantamweight

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Sebastian Przybysz (61.2kg)

Dawid Gralka (61.7kg)

News: KSW returns to London in October for KSW45

Almost three years since their last visit to the city, KSW is set to return to London, England on October 6 at The SSE Arena, Wembley for KSW 45.

Following a breakout year in 2017, one which saw a record breaking stadium show and a debut in Ireland, KSW now returns to the UK for the first time since KSW 32 in 2015. That night saw almost 10,000 packed into The SSE Arena, Wembley to watch a host of KSW’s top stars including Mariusz Pudzianowski, Borys Mankowski, Tomasz Narkun and Mateusz Gamrot take to the cage.

“Our last show in London was a huge success,” said KSW co-owner Maciej Kawulski. “We are delighted to finally be coming back and showcase our event again to our fans, new and old, there. We promise to bring another action-packed fight card with our biggest names. England, you do not want to miss this!”

Tickets for the event will be on sale Thursday, June 7 at 10am local time from AXS.com.

BRAVE 13: Andy Young Interview – “The mental area is the most important out of anything”

On the 9th of June, Brave Combat Federation makes its European debut when it arrives to the SSE Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland. This is a landmark occasion for the fast-growing promotion as it branches out for the first time into the continent.

Fitting for such a historic occasion, the card is packed with exciting fights as well as fan favorite names. In the main event we see bantamweight champion Stephen Loman (9-2) defend his belt in a rematch against highly touted SBG man Frans Mlambo (5-2), who looks to avenge his loss against Loman, this time hoping to walk away with a championship. In the Co-Main event we see Northern Ireland’s own and former UFC contender Norman Parke (24-6-1) take on Irish man Myles Price (10-6) in a very exciting lightweight match up.

Also on the card, we see two extremely entertaining fighters come head to head when Liverpudlian Bryan Creighton (8-6) takes on Belfast’s own Andy Young (11-10). While Creighton is coming off a 3 fight finish streak, Young is coming off a loss. However, it was to former top 5 UFC flyweight Ali Bagautinov who has beaten top fighters such as Tim Elliott, John Lineker and has fought current UFC flyweight champion Demetrius Johnson. With 11 Finishes between both fighters, this fight will surely live up to expectation and deliver a barn burner.

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The mental area is the most important out of anything, I will beat him there and take whatever I see to get the finish in this fight.”

After fighting one of the very best flyweights in Ali Bagautinov in Russia, Andy will be looking to get back to winning ways with a victory over rising British prospect Creighton. Andy is a dangerous fighter, both on the feet and on the ground, which we seen in an impressive victory over Dominic Wooding, a very hot young prospect, with a record of    3-0 (3 TKO) at BAMMA 28. Andy is currently 5-3 in his last 8 bouts, with 3 finishes. These wins include impressive performances over fighters such as Alexander Barabash and Aaron Aby. I caught up with Andy Young to get his thoughts on his upcoming opponent and how he feels to be fighting on such a huge card in his home town of Belfast.

Eamonn Scott: Andy, this is your first fight under the Brave banner. When exactly did you get the call about fighting for them and was there anything in particular that interested you the most about fighting for brave?

Andy Young: “I was contacted back in March about their plans to run a show in Belfast and to have me on it, I was thrilled to hear that BRAVE was coming to my home town, I heard a lot of great things about the promotion and how it’s run.”

ES: You make your return to your hometown in Belfast, which you have an excellent record in. What is it that’s so special about Belfast which also always seems to bring the very best out of you.

AY: “The energy of the people here is unrivaled! Belfast knows how to make some noise!  I get so much support and feel a real uplift getting to represent and get the win for them.”

ES: Northern Ireland has a thriving MMA scene at the minute. With fighters such as James Gallagher, Rhys McKee and Norman Parke, do you believe that this will only improve and how do you see the MMA scene in Northern Ireland at the minute?

AY: “It is scary to see how good the local scene is getting. The sport is becoming more and more popular and gaining great traction. There is a plethora of  talent, ability and skills in the new breed of upcoming mixed martial artists here, and for sure will only improve.”

ES:  You’re fighting against a very tough opponent in Bryan Creighton who himself is coming off an impressive 3 fight win streak. When this fight was proposed to you, what were your first thoughts on fighting Bryan?

AY: “I was excited to get an opponent who i know brings a great fight, he’s very game. well-rounded and likes to trade, so i know this will be fun!”

ES: You’ve fought top quality fighters in your career such as the former top 5 UFC contender in Ali Bagautinov. Do you thrive off facing the biggest names you can get?

AY: “There are a number of reasons to be in this sport, and one of the main factors is to compete against and be best in the world. I love and jump on the opportunities to do this.”

ES: Bryan has multiple wins by TKO, Sub and Decision, showing that he has skills in all departments. However, is there a particular area that you believe you can exploit and get the best over him in?

AY: “The mental area is the most important out of anything, I will beat him there and take whatever I see to get the finish in this fight.”

ES: How has this training camp gone for you? Is there anything specific that you have focused on in this camp and do you think you have improved it as much as you aimed to?

AY: “It has went great, I have made a few changes and stepped things up. It’s all about getting the right formula, I’ve enjoyed working all areas and getting a bit creative with things, it will all be on show 9th June.”

ES: You’ve been in this game for a while now, do you believe that you still have a lot to accomplish?

AY: “Yes, I want to be the very best version of myself in there and fully realise my potential. In addition, that UFC title will be in my hands by the end of my career.”

ES: Finally, if there’s one message you have for Bryan, what would it be?

AY: “Let’s put on a show and bring your best.”

This fight is surely going to live up to every expectation. With Andy young being the home town fighter, he is certainly going to receive an incredible atmosphere. Bryan Creighton will also be defending the best win streak of career, both fighters have a lot to defend in this epic Flyweight battle. SEE YOU THERE!

News: KSW 44 fight card complete

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

News: Martin Zawada will face Michal Materla at KSW44

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)

 

News: Filip Wolanski vs Daniel Torres and Sebastian Przybysz vs Dawid Gralka added to KSW 44

Two exciting fights have been added to KSW 44 at the Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland on June 9, as rising featherweight star Filip Wolanski (11-2) faces dangerous Brazilian Daniel Torres (7-3) while bantamweights Sebastian Przybysz (3-1) and Dawid Gralka (6-1) will both kick-off the card in what will be their respective KSW debuts.

Wolanski comes into this fight having secured consecutive decision wins over Bartłomiej Kopera and Denilson Neves. The 26-year-old is in impressive form with wins in ten of his last eleven bouts, the sole loss coming via decision to former champ Marcin Wrzosek at KSW 35. Now, he will look to continue that impressive run as he welcomes Daniel Torres to the KSW federation.

Hailing from Brazil, Torres arrives at KSW in the midst of an impressive run of his own. Starting his professional career with two consecutive loses, he has since embarked on a run which has seen him win seven of his last eight fights and has registered a number of exciting KO finishes in that time. The 24-year-old will now look to make a splash in his KSW debut by silencing the Polish crowd in Gdansk.

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Also making their debuts will be a pair of Polish prospects, as Gdansk’s own Sebastian Przybysz and Dawid Gralka kick-off the KSW 44 card. The bantamweights will both be looking to start their KSW careers with a bang. With two finishes already to his name, Przybysz may have the support of the crowd but Gralka enters on a four-fight-win-streak and carries a well deserved reputation for snatching leglocks early in the fight.

KSW 44 takes place June 9 from the Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland and will be available live around the world on www.KSWTV.com. The main event features an entertaining heavyweight contest between Mariusz Pudzianowski and Karol Bedorf.

Check out KSW’s unique, Mortal Kombat-esq trailer for the fight below.

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. TBA

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)

TBA vs. TBA

Sebastian Przybysz (3-1) & Dawid Gralka (6-1)

*Bout order to be finalized

News: SBG’s Chris Fields takes on KO artist Wagner Prado at KSW 44

A key fight in the KSW light heavyweight division has been added to KSW 44 on June 9 as Irish veteran Chris “The Housewives Choice” Fields (12-7-1) takes on Brazilian knockout artist Wagner “Caldeirao” Prado (13-3).

A former Cage Warriors champion and TUF contestant, Fields made his KSW debut in his hometown of Dublin last October in a winning effort against Michal Fijalka. The 34-year-old showed veteran craftiness en route to a unanimous decision victory in front of one of the biggest crowds ever seen in Ireland for an MMA event.

The SBG trained 34-year-old was originally scheduled to compete at KSW 42 at the beginning of the year however due to adverse weather conditions in Europe all flights were cancelled. This, along with facing an opponent like Prado has given the Irishman plenty of reasons to be fired up.

“I’m looking forward to putting on a show for the fans after the disaster of the last time not getting to make it to compete,” said Fields. “Prado is an explosive fighter but has shown he can’t grapple. He has been choked and knee barred…. and I like both!”

Prado has built a fierce reputation in Brazil as a finisher and dangerous knockout artist having won all but one of his fights via KO/TKO. After going 8-0 as a professional the 30-year-old was snapped up by the UFC in 2012 and competed three times for the promotion including a pair of fights against Phil Davis. In late 2013 he returned to the Brazilian scene and picked up right where he left off, going 5-1 with five devastating stoppages in that time.

Both men will be targeting a shot at the KSW light heavyweight title held by Tomasz Narkun, who just defeated MMA legend Mamed Khalidov in a fight of the year candidate at KSW 42.

KSW 44 takes place June 9 at the Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland and will be available to watch 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. TBA
Chris Fields (12-7-1) vs. Wagner Prado (13-3)
Gracjan Szadzinski (7-2) vs. Paul Redmond (14-6)

News: Paul Redmond to face Gracjan Szadzinski at KSW 44

Ireland’s Paul Redmond (14-7) returns to the KSW arena on June 9th and will face rising Polish prospect Gracjan Szadzinski (7-2) at KSW 44 in Gdansk, Poland.

The Team Ryano fighter made a successful debut for the promotion in his hometown of Dublin last October defeating durable veteran Lukasz Chlewicki on points. The 31-year-old rose to prominence following a 7-1 run fighting under the Cage Warriors banner before being snapped up by the UFC as a short notice replacement. After two tough fights against Mirsad Bektic and Robert Whiteford in the UFC, he returned the European scene and has been on flying form, scoring big wins in both BAMMA and Bellator as well as his KSW debut.

With the well travelled Redmond in such great form, this fight provides Szadzinski the biggest opportunity of his career, a chance to register a win over one of the top lightweights in Europe.

With two KSW appearances already under his belt, Szadzinski comes into this contest with a fierce and well deserved reputation for finishing his opponents. The lightweight has five TKO/KO finishes to his name including two first round wins his his past two fights, his latest being over the previously undefeated Maciej Kazieczko at KSW 41 in December.

KSW 44 will be available to watch live around the world on www.KSWTV.com.

Fight Card (to date):

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. TBA

Gracjan Szadzinski (7-2) vs. Paul Redmond (14-6)