Top Polish MMA promotion KSW makes its return following COVID-19 on Saturday. Headlining the card is a trilogy fight between KSW Lightweight Champion Mateusz Gamrot and Norman Parke. Here’s a preview of the entire show which is set to take place from Warsaw, Poland.
Bout 1: Kamil Szymuszowski (17-6) vs. Michal Pietrzak (8-4) (Catchweight 176 lbs)
Kicking off the two-fight preliminary card is a catchweight 176-pound fight between Kamil Szymuszowski and Michal Pietrzak. Pietrzak lost his KSW debut last September to Roberto Soldic and aims to rebound on this show. Before then, he had three-straight wins in Polish promotion Babilon MMA. Wzymuszowski will be returning from over a year layoff, winning his last fight via stoppage in May of 2019.
Bout 2: Sebastian Przybysz (6-2) vs. Jakub Wiklacz (10-2-1) (Bantamweight)
The other preliminary matchup sees Sebastian Przybysz fight Jakub Wiklacz. Przybysz had a strong 2019 run in KSW, winning both his fights in the promotion that year. His opponent, Wiklacz, will be making his KSW debut. He won his six previous fights, with five of them coming via submission.
Main Card (12:00PM EDT / 7:00PM CEST) (KSWMMA.com)
Bout 3: Roman Szymanski (12-5) vs. Filip Pejic (14-3-2) (Lightweight)
A lightweight fight kicks off the main card of KSW 51. Both fighters in this bout have something in common, that being that they’re coming off a similar time off. Roman Szymanski last competed in November at KSW 51, defeating Milos Janicic via decision. On that same show, Filip Pejic lost a decision to Daniel Torres. These two fighters cross paths again on this show, but this time they actually fight each other.
Bout 4: Tomasz Jakubiec (10-2) vs. Andrzej Grzebyk (16-3) (Welterweight)
On the main card, two welterweight fighters with an impressive resume make their respective KSW debuts. Tomasz Jakubiec, who is on a five-fight winning streak will fight Andrzej Grzebyk, who has won his last eight. Previously, both fighters had fought in other Polish MMA organizations like Armia Fight Night and Fight Exclusive Night.
Bout 5: Tomasz Drwal (21-5-1) vs. Lukasz Bienkowski (5-3) (Middleweight)
Former UFC fighter Tomasz Drwal will get his first KSW assignment on Saturday, being matched against Lukasz Bienkowski. Drwal fought in the UFC from 2007 to 2010, attaining a an even record of three wins and three losses within the promotion. He has since won four fights and lost once in regional level MMA. He comes off of a five-year layoff, having last fought at KSW 31 in 2015.
Bienkowski comes off a shorter but still significant layoff of two years, with his last fight being a loss against Evgeny Bondar in 2018.
Bout 6: Artur Sowinski (20-11) vs. Gracjan Szadzinski (8-3) (Lightweight)
Former KSW Lightweight Champion Artur Sowinski returns on this card against Gracjan Szadzinski. Sowinski won his last fight, finishing Vinicius Bohrer in just under a minute at KSW 52. Szadzinski last fought over a year ago, losing a decision to Marian Ziolkowski.
Bout 7: Borys Mankowski (20-8-1) vs. Marcin Wrzosek (14-6) (Lightweight)
The co-main event of the evening is a lightweight battle between Borys Mankowski and Marcin Wrzosek. After three consecutive losses, Mankowski got out of his slump last November, defeating Vaso Bakocevic with an anaconda choke in the first round. Wrzosek wasn’t favoured in his last fight’s scorecards and aims to bounce back in this bout. He has changed between wins and losses in his last six outings.
Bout 8: Mateusz Gamrot (15-0) vs. Norman Parke (28-6-1) (Lightweight)
The main event of KSW 53 has lightweight champion Mateusz Gamrot fight Norman Parke in a trilogy fight. This fight was meant to be for the belt that Gamrot has, however, after Parked weighed in three pounds over the championship limit, the title was taken out of the situation.
These fighters have fought before, with their first meeting seeing Gamrot retain his belt via decision. Their second meeting turned sour, as the fight ended in a no contest after Parke was poked in the eye. Post-fight tension boiled over with one of Gamrot’s cornermen punching Parke while still in the cage.
Gamrot won the KSW Lightweight Championship back in 2016, defeating Mansour Barnaoui via decision. He has since defended the belt four times. For someone who fought about twice a year for a few years, a layoff of a year-and-a-half is a change of pace of “Gamer” Gamrot.