KSW 53: Reborn Live Coverage

KSW’s first event since the start of COVID-19 is on Friday, and it has rivals Mateusz Gamrot and Norman Parke squaring off on it. The lightweights were meant to have the KSW Lightweight Championship on the line for their trilogy fight, but it has been demoted after Parke missed weight.

Follow along throughout the afternoon for coverage of the show which takes place in Warsaw, Poland.

A full preview of the show can be found here.

Quick Results – Click a fight to skip to its part:

Prelims

Bout 1: Sebastian Przybysz def. Jakub Wiklacz via TKO, Punches (RD 3)

Bout 2: Michal Pietrzak def. Kamil Szymuszowski via KO, Right Hook (RD 1)

Main Card (12:00PM EDT / 7:00PM CEST) (KSWMMA.com)

Bout 3: Artur Sowinski def. Gracjan Szadzinski via TKO, Strikes (RD 1)

Bout 4: Roman Szymanski def. Filip Pejic via TKO, Strikes (RD 3)

Bout 5: Andrzej Grzebyk def. Tomasz Jakubiec via TKO, Strikes (RD 2)

Bout 6: Tomasz Drwal def. Lukasz Bienkowski via TKO, Strikes (RD 2)

Bout 7: Borys Mankowski def. Marcin Wrzosek via Decision, Majority

Bout 8: Mateusz Gamrot def. Norman Parke via Doctor’s Stoppage (RD 3)

Live Coverage:

Bout 8: Mateusz Gamrot (15-0) vs. Norman Parke (28-6-1) (Lightweight)

Gamrot Wins Via Doctor’s Stoppage In Trilogy Bout Versus Parke

A grudge match ended with Mateusz Gamrot as the winner, as his opponent, Norman Parke was ruled unable to continue by a doctor in the third round. In the rounds before, Gamrot out-struck Parke, slowly putting damage on him.

Gamrot did not shake the hand of Parke immediately after the fight, but did after Parke apologized to him and his team.

The fight was originally meant to be a KSW Lightweight Championship fight, although after Parke missed

Gamrot has now won two of his three fights against Parke, with the second fight ending via no contest in 2017.

Gamrot versus Parke play-by-play.

Bout 7: Borys Mankowski (20-8-1) vs. Marcin Wrzosek (14-6) (Lightweight)

Mankowski Wins Close Decision

A close co-main event saw Borys Mankowski take a scorecard victory over Marcin Wrzosek. The fight saw both fighters nearly even in clinch work and striking, however, Mankowski’s volume of connected strikes gave him the edge.

After the fight, Wrzosek said he will leave MMA and make a Youtube channel, per the translator on the KSW broadcast.

The fight was the second victory in a row for Mankowski.

Mankowski versus Wrzosek play-by-play.

Bout 6: Tomasz Drwal (21-5-1) vs. Lukasz Bienkowski (5-3) (Middleweight)

Drwal Wins In Return

Bouncing back from a lacklustre first round, Thomasz Drwal stopped Lukasz Bienkowski in the second round with strikes on the ground. The win was a return to MMA for Drwal, as his previous fight was in 2015.

The first round saw Bienkowski as the more active striker, with Drwal taking a lot of damage. Drwal got a takedown early in the second round, immediately taking full mount on the ground. He landed punches from the position until the referee stepped in.

Drwal versus Bienkowski play-by-play.

Bout 5: Tomasz Jakubiec (10-2) vs. Andrzej Grzebyk (16-3) (Welterweight)

Grzebyk Has Successful KSW Debut

After nearly finishing Tomasz Jakubiec in the first round, Andrzej Grzebyk quickly put his fight to an end in the second round via TKO. The fight was the KSW debut for Grzebyk, who entered this bout on an eight-fight winning streak.

Near the end of the first round, Jakubiec was dropped many times in the first round.

Grzebyk versus Jakubiec play-by-play.

Bout 4: Roman Szymanski (12-5) vs. Filip Pejic (14-3-2) (Lightweight)

Szymanski Leaves Close Battle Out of Judges Hands

Late into a close battle, Roman Szymanski was able to close out his battle against Filip Pejic with strikes on the ground. Getting into side control on the ground, Szymanski landed hammerfist punches until the referee stepped in.

Both fighters had their moments on the feet in the first two rounds. On the ground in the third round there were numerous reverses, with Pejic in control just moments before Szymanski got side control for the finish.

Early in the first round, Pejic was deducted a point on scorecards for grabbing the fencing.

Building off of his KSW 51 win, Szymanski now has two wins in a row.

Szymanski versus Pejic play-by-play.

Bout 3: Artur Sowinski (20-11) vs. Gracjan Szadzinski (8-3) (Lightweight)

Sowinski Gets It Done Quick

A brutal series of strikes gave Artur Sowinski a win over Gracjan Szadzinski. The beginning of the end came after Szadzinski was hurt by a punch. Sowinski landed numerous knees to the head in a clinch, dropping Szadzinski with a follow-up punch after. He finished the fight on the ground after.

Sowinski, a former KSW Lightweight Champion, got his second straight win since a 2019 loss.

Sowinski versus Szadzinski play-by-play.

Bout 2: Kamil Szymuszowski (17-6) vs. Michal Pietrzak (8-4) (Catchweight 176 lbs)

Pietrzak Floors Opponent With Right Hook

A very quick matchup saw Michal Pietrzak get a win, dropping Kamil Szymuszowski with a right hook. The win came early in the first round. Pietrzak landed a couple follow up punches before the referee stepped in.

The win saw Pietrzak bounce back from a loss at KSW 50 to Roberto Soldic.

“I didn’t expect something like this. I was ready to fight for 15 minutes,” said the translator for Pietrzak afterwards.

Pietrzak versus Szymuszowski play-by-play.

Bout 1: Sebastian Przybysz (6-2) vs. Jakub Wiklacz (10-2-1) (Bantamweight)

Przybysz Finishes Wiklacz After Close Two Rounds

In the first of two preliminary fights, Sebastian Przybysz stopped Jakub Wiklacz in the third round with punches. Wikalcz was dropped with a body punch early in the round, being finished on the ground moments later.

The first round was a good showing by Przybysz, who was able to land punches and resist takedowns. Wiklacz had a better second ground, being in control for some time on the ground.

This fight was a rematch, as Wiklacz won via decision in their 2017 meeting. The win is the third in a row for Przybysz.

Przybysz versus Wiklacz play-by-play.

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