Michal Kita (right) bested former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco
Rodriguez. | Photo: Piotr Pedziszewski
WARSAW -- Top Polish MMA stars Michal Kita,
Drwal and Damian
Grabowski earned valuable wins at the inaugural
event from debuting Polish promotion MMA Attack inside Warsaw's
Kita executed a perfect game plan to beat the former UFC
heavyweight champion Ricco
Rodriguez via unanimous decision in a two-round affair,
unfortunately still common in Poland.
The Zabrze-born fighter kept kicking Rodriguez in the thighs and
punished him with uppercuts every time he tried a single-leg
takedown. When the American realized he wouldn't be able to take
the fight to the floor, he began flopping to his back and inviting
Kita to grapple with him. The Pole did not answer the taunts and
each time let referee Grzegorz
Jakubowski stand the fight up. Much to the dismay of the crowd,
Rodriguez offered even less offense in the second frame. The Polish
fighter continued his patient, striking-oriented attack and cruised
to the final bell.
Another one of Poland's most known talents earned
a victory as UFC middleweight veteran Tomasz
Drwal outpointed his former Alliance MMA teammate Gary
Padilla in a lackluster affair.
Drwal (left) outlasted Padilla.
In a fairly uneventful first round Krakow-based fighter landed
single punches and easily defended all Padilla's takedown attempts.
Both fighters entered the second stanza visibly tired and decided
to throw hands. Drwal mocked and taunted his foe, bringing his
hands down and eating punches on purpose. Padilla answered his
invitation to trade strikes and three minutes into the frame the
fight turned into a sloppy slugfest.
The Pole landed heavier blows and repeatedly hurt the American with
vicious hooks in the final seconds of the bout, but wasn't able to
finish him. After 10 minutes, all three judges awarded Drwal the
“I wanted to irritate him and lure him into a striking battle, I
guess it worked,” Drwal joked after the fight, explaining his
The best Polish heavyweight, Damian
Grabowski, made a spectacular comeback from his one-year hiatus
from MMA competition, submitting BJJ black belt Joaquim
Ferreira at 2:57 into the first round.
Grabowski (right) submitted Ferreira.
“The Polish Pitbull” had no respect for his opponent's grappling
prowess as he attacked him with a takedown from the start of the
first frame. After briefly gaining Ferreira's back, Grabowski
sacrificed the position and went for an armbar, but “Mamute”
defended the submission attempt and moved to side mount. Both
fighters returned to their feet after Grabowski's reversal and this
time, the Brazilian shoot for a takedown. The Opole native grabbed
his neck and jumped to an arm-in guillotine which Ferreira had
tap out to at 2:57 of the first round.
“I was ready for 15-minute fight,” said Grabowski after the bout.
“I'm very glad I was able to submit a Brazilian jiu jitsu black
belt as I haven't earned this prestigious rank yet.”
Polish-German UFC welterweight veteran Peter
Sobotta and Ankos Zapasy Poznan fighter Borys
Mankowski put on a back-and-forth grappling battle which ended
with a controversial split decision for the Polish fighter.
Mankowski (top) edged Sobotta.
The former freestyle wrestler from Poland scored his first takedown
two minutes into the bout, however he was quickly countered with a
heel hook-to-kneebar combo executed by the 24-year-old from
Balingen. Mankowski grimaced in pain, but refused to submit and
finally escaped the hold and pulled guard.
The second round was more even. Sobotta gave up another takedown,
but he quickly returned to his feet and took down Mankowski twice
himself. The round ended with the German fighter working for
another kneebar. After two five-minute round, two of the three
judges scored the fight a draw and ordered an extra round. After
Sobotta's reversal, Mankowski spent the most of the frame on his
back. He remained active from his guard threatening his opponent
with an armbar and landing a solid upkick. Once again verdict, was
not unanimous as two judges saw the round and the fight for the
Pole and the third one scored it for Sobotta.
In a close lightweight scrap, Costa Ricam native Juan
Barrantes upset former KSW contender Maciej
Gorski, earning a split decision after an extra round. The
Gracie understudy scored takedowns with ease, but had to fend
off a deep armbar from the Konin-born fighter in the second stanza.
After a two-round draw, Barrantes convinced the judges with another
three takedowns in the extra round, giving him the nod on two
French featherweight Johnny
Frachey earned a puzzling split decision over Ankos Zapasy
Grabarek. Frachey started the two-round fight by knocking his
Polish foe down with a precise head kick and later controlled the
action in the cage with submission attempts and superior stand-up
skills. The sole judge's scorecard for Grabarek was undeserved, as
he clearly lost both rounds.
In the opening 161-pound catch-weight bout, Okninski MMA Bialystok
Niedzielko made a quick work of the previously undefeated
karate stylist Maciej
Sikonski, forcing him to tap to strikes from the back mount in