KATOWICE, Poland -- A bizarre main event topped the billing of
Attack 3 in Katowice on Saturday, as bodybuilder celebrity
Burneika and erotic dancer/martial arts practitioner Dawid
Ozdoba had an absolute abomination of a fight.
Despite being 110 pounds lighter, Ozdoba was clearly more skilled
than his completely inept opponent. However, he chose to mostly run
Despite repeated urgency warnings from ring referee Marco Broersen,
the fight was a standstill for almost the entirety. Ozdoba had his
opponent rattled in rounds one and two, and Burneika sent him to
the canvas in round two. However, these were about all the strikes
thrown in the abysmal contest. The public roundly booed the fight
in the third round, which finally saw Broersen lose his patience
and disqualify Ozdoba for timidity, giving Burneika the second win
of his bizarre MMA tenure.
In a razor-thin fight that went the distance, Damian
Grabowski beat Stav Economou by split decision in the co-main event.
Grabowski, who prepared for this fight at the
American Kickboxing Academy, looked worn out by the constant
sparring and was routinely beat to the punch by Economou, who was
particularly effective with his uppercuts.
The Pole did secure takedowns but couldn't pass his rival's guard,
and his vaunted ground game seemed stifled. In what was his best
moment of the fight, Grabowski got full mount and connected on some
heavy shots late in round two. The tit-for-tat affair went the
distance with scores of 30-29 and 29-28 for Grabowski, and a
dissenting 30-29 for Economou from the third judge. Grabowski moves
to 17-1 with the victory, while Economou falls to 14-3-1.
Grabowski's pounded to a split nod.
After more than a year away from the cage, Tomasz
Drwal celebrated his comeback in grand fashion, submitting
Swofford with an armbar in round one. The middleweight affair
started out as a slugfest, which Drwal was winning -- but "Gorilla"
decided to take the fight to the ground anyway. There it was
complete domination. After landing heavy strikes, Drwal went for an
armbar and got it in textbook fashion with 3:00 on the clock.
Despite a rough start, Krzysztof
Jotko came from behind to grab a decision victory over Bojan
Velickovic. The Serb started with heavy low kicks that quickly
limited Jotko's movement, but the Pole showed signs of life in the
second stanza when he briefly had Velickovic's back.
Round three was a completely different story as Jotko dominated his
exhausted opponent, relentlessly punching the grounded fighter. He
did not finish Velickovic, but it was enough to earn Jotko
unanimous 10-8 scores and ensure his victory via majority decision.
Two judges scored the bout 29-28 for Jotko, while another had it
Celinski drew with Michal
Fijalka in an all-Polish light heavyweight affair. Celinski
seemed to have the better of the striking, connecting with punches
and the occasional muay Thai knees. For his part, Fijalka had the
takedowns, although it seemed the volume of his offense on the
ground was not equal to Celinski's strikes. In round three the tide
of the fight began to turn as the tired Celinski gave up more
takedowns and ground control to his opponent.
A thunderous left hook brought victory to Oskar
Piechota, who felled Livio
Victoriano at the 1:50 mark of round two. Piechota, a couple of
weeks removed from becoming the European FILA grappling champion,
showcased lethal striking. When Victoriano charged in with a
looping hook, Piechota threw a perfect, mirrored counter that sent
his foe crashing to the canvas.
Drwal's inactivity didn't slow his roll.
The wrestling of Marcin
Lasota was too much for Tymoteusz
Swiatek to handle in a clash of two top Polish
Lasota controlled the space of the fight with numerous takedowns
but his cautious approach to striking led Swiatek to shout
expletives directed at his rival. This did not help him fend off a
rear-naked choke attempt 2:50 into round three. Swiatek did not tap
out, but Marc Goddard
stopped it as soon as the fighter lost consciousness.
Hallmann had to wait to see the judge's scorecards for the
first time in his career, but he managed to outlast Juha-Pekka
Vainikainen over the course of three rounds. The navy man from
Gdynia scored frequently with his powerful left hook and by round
two, started to abuse his opponent with ground-and-pound.
Vainikainen had no answer for this kind of attack and ended up
losing by scores of 30-26 [twice] and 30-27.
Drwal's protege Damian
Milewski got his second pro win, tapping out Arkadiusz
Zaba with an armbar 2:14 into a volatile first round.
In the sole women's fight of the evening, 18-year-old Agnieszka
Niedzwiedz overcame early adversity to defeat Klaudia
Apenit with punches from mount 4:02 into the second frame.
Kurczewski made a successful cut down from two divisions and
tapped out Damian
Pronobis with a heel hook 4:01 into round one.