Khalidov and Melvin
Manhoef will collide Dec. 1 in the main event of KSW
21 “Final Resolution”, promotion officials this week
The evening’s main card will also see a trio of championship bouts,
Materla puts his middleweight strap on the line against UFC
Saidov locks horns with Borys
Mankowski for KSW’s inaugural welterweight title, and Maciej
Jewtuszko rematches Artur
Sowinski to crown the Polish promotion’s first-ever lightweight
The show takes place at Torwar Arena in Warsaw and features an
additional pair of middleweight bouts, as former IFL champion
Horwich meets ex-UFC talent Jay Silva, and
Polish veteran Krzysztof
Kulak faces countryman Piotr Strus.
A women’s flyweight tilt between Karolina
Kowalkiewicz and Paulina
Bonkowska is also on tap for the event.
Manhoef, 36, has won back-to-back fights heading into his KSW
debut. After going winless in 2010 and 2011, the former Cage Rage
light heavyweight champion halted his skid on Sept. 15 when he took
a split decision from Jae Young
Kim at Road FC 9 in South Korea. Manhoef followed that victory
with another triumph just three weeks later at One FC 6, knocking
out reigning middleweight King of Pancrase Ryo
Kawamura in 4:40.
Four years younger than his Dutch opponent, Khalidov has lost just
once in the last seven years. Since his failed Sengoku middleweight
title bid against Jorge
Santiago in 2010, Khalidov has gone 5-0-1, finishing UFC
veterans in each of his last five fights. The former KSW light
heavyweight champion most recently competed on May 12, knocking out
Wallace in 1:55 at KSW 19.