Mariusz Pudzianowski (red trunks) got a controversial win. |
Photo: Jumana Totongi
LODZ, Poland -- Mariusz
Pudzianowski, Poland’s biggest MMA attraction, avenged his May
loss to James
Thompson, while Mamed
Khalidov got another quick victory at KSW 17
“Revenge” on Saturday at Atlas Arena.
In their second meeting, Pudzianowski scored a highly contentious
majority decision over experienced heavyweight Thompson, who
submitted the former World’s Strongest Man via arm-triangle choke
In the two five-minute round clash, a standard bout length in KSW,
the fighters appeared to take one frame apiece. The “Colossus” was
vastly superior in the first part of the fight, taking down
Pudzianowski with ease and controlling from side position.
Pudzianowski, whose conditioning was much improved from past
outings, wobbled the Englishman with a flurry of hooks in the
beginning of the second stanza. Thompson quickly recovered and
later gained top position once again. However, it was the Pole who
finished the fight strong, defending a throw from the clinch to
land on top and sock his opponent with hard ground-and-pound.
As both corners prepared their men for an extra round, referee
Tomasz Bronder informed them that a decision had been reached. It
was Pudzianowski who got the nod from two of three judges; judges’
names and scores were not immediately available.
After the fight, Pudzianowski thanked
American Top Team leader Ricardo
Liborio for improving his cardio and overall MMA skills before
revealing that he will continue to train with the Coconut Creek,
“I’m still a beginner in this sport and I’ve got a lot to learn.
I’ll be back training in Florida in January,” said the muscular
Visibly upset with the judges’ verdict, Thompson flipped off the
crowd and shoved KSW promoter Martin Lewandowski before snatching
the microphone and launching into a profanity-laced tirade about
“Give Mariusz a big round of applause,” Thompson, 32, jeered. “What
a f---ing joke. I thought KSW was really trying to be serious. If
you can watch that back and call it serious, then you’re
In the show’s 187-pound catchweight main event, top Polish fighter
Khalidov added another impressive submission victory to his MMA
record, tapping onetime “Ultimate Fighter” finalist Jesse
Taylor with a slick kneebar. It was the third straight victory
for Khalidov in less than two minutes over opponents from the
Khalidov notched another quick sub.
Former UFC and Strikeforce competitor Taylor took Khalidov down
almost immediately after the Chechen-born Pole missed with a flying
knee. Khalidov remained aggressive from his back as he threatened
with armbar and triangle choke attempts. The
Team Quest representative defended well, but couldn’t escape
when the local hero rolled for a kneebar. Taylor screamed in pain
when Khalidov hyperextended his knee, prompting referee Bronder to
intervene at the 1:46 mark.
Blachowicz claimed the KSW light heavyweight title by
Thierry Sokoudjou in a three-round championship affair. Unlike
their first showdown in March, Blachowicz aggressively attacked
from the opening bell, clinching the Pride and UFC vet and hitting
him with uppercuts. The Cieszyn-born fighter effectively used
takedown scares to set up his punches and kicks, while negating the
Sokoudjou leg kicks which cost Blachowicz the first fight.
After tiring the former judoka in the first two rounds, the Pole
was finally able to hurt Sokoudjou in the third stanza. A precise
jab dropped the Cameroonian and the local favorite followed him to
the ground, where he passed Sokoudjou’s guard and achieved mount.
Battered with punches, Sokoudjou gave up his back, but later
escaped and landed on top. However, Sokoudjou was unable to do much
damage before the final whistle, after which all three judges
awarded the victory to the Polish fighter.
Blachowicz (left) outpointed Sokoudjou.
After the fight, Blachowicz thanked his main coach from Nastula Gym
Warsaw, Robert Jocz,
for his preparation and successful game plan.
“I owe him 90 percent of his victory,” said Blachowicz. “Pushing
the pace and constantly attacking was our goal in this fight.”
On the undercard, rising middleweight Michal
Materla need an extra round to outduel another American
Horwich. Known for his grappling skills, Szczecin native
Materla gave up the first round when the former IFL champion twice
took his back. The Pole came back in the second frame, stopping
Horwich’s advances with crisp boxing and ground control. When the
judges the declared the fight a draw, the Berserkers Team fighter
won the overtime round by keeping his foe on the mat for almost the
whole three minutes.
Sowinski pulled off the upset of the night when he knocked out
former Zuffa competitor Maciej
Jewtuszko in just 46 seconds. The 24-year-old from Radzionkow
caught Jewtuszko square on the chin with a long right uppercut,
then pounded “Irokez” with two additional strikes on the ground
before referee Szymon Bonkowski called the fight.
Polish middleweight Antoni
Chmielewski avenged his March loss to James Zikic,
beating the well-travelled Englishman via split decision in a
three-round war of attrition. Zikic showed impressive takedown
defense, but the ferocious Pole was able to put him on the ground
in every round.
In the opening welterweight contest, Khalidov’s cousin, Aslambek
Saidov, earned a close majority decision over former M-1
Challenge champion Rafal Moks.
Despite absorbing a number of hard leg kicks, the Arrachion MMA
Olsztyn fighter was the more effective boxer, using his lead right
hook from the southpaw stance and scoring two takedowns on Moks
over the course of the two-round battle.