Polish promotion Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki (KSW) has announced a
major change to its upcoming Feb. 25 event, as David
Branch has been forced to withdraw from his light heavyweight
bout against Jan
Blachowicz at KSW
18 due to passport issues.
Instead, the former KSW champion will face a different UFC veteran,
Miranda, Saturday at the Orlen Arena in Plock, Poland.
A four-time UFC competitor, Miranda posted a perfect 9-0 record
before receiving his Octagon call. The native Brazilian was knocked
out in his UFC debut, falling in the first round to Gerald
Harris at UFC Fight Night 21 in 2010.
Though Miranda rebounded with a victory over David
Loiseau, he would receive his walking papers following
consecutive losses to Demian Maia
Simpson. Since his departure from the UFC, the Washingtonian
has posted a trio of wins, most recently submitting Dmitry
Samoilov at M-1 Challenge 29 on Nov. 19.
Blachowicz (Pictured), 28, has spent the majority of his career
competing inside the KSW ring, last fighting on Nov. 26 at KSW 17.
In outpointing Rameau
Thierry Sokoudjou to capture the light heavyweight title,
Blachowicz avenged his loss to “The African Assassin” at KSW 15,
where Sokoudjou stopped the Polish prospect with leg kicks in the
second round to claim the vacant belt. A winner in 11 of his last
12 outings, Blachowicz has finished 11 of his 14 career victims by
knockout or submission.