Polish MMA promotion KSW will present their first card of 2021 on Saturday, broadcasting KSW 58 from Studio Klubu Wytwornia in Lodz, Poland. In the main event, Salahdine Parnasse will attempt to defend the KSW Featherweight Championship for the first time, fighting Daniel Torres.
Follow along throughout the afternoon for live coverage of the show.
Main Card (2:00PM EST / 8:00PM CET) (FITE)
Bout 8: Salahdine Parnasse (14-0-1) vs. Daniel Torres (11-4) (KSW Featherweight Championship)
Torres Stops Parnasse Early With Punches, Claims KSW Featherweight Belt
Daniel Torres pulled of a sudden win on Saturday, dropping Salahdine Parnasse with a two-punch combo early to become the new KSW Featherweight Champion.
Early in the fight, Torres threw a right hook that dropped Parnasse. It wasn’t the punch itself that hurt Parnasse, but it was the forearm of Torres that struck him in the head, causing him to collapse to his knees and plant his face on the canvas momentarily.
The referee decided to stop the bout without Torres going in for extra strikes. The fight was still in the feeling out process before the stoppage.
Parnasse was attempting to defend his 145-pound belt for the first time. The former interim champ was promoted to complete champ status after Mateusz Gamrot vacated his belt in 2020.
The loss on Saturday was Parnasse’s first loss as a pro through 16 fights.
Torres was given the title shot after two consecutive wins in KSW. Before Saturday, his most recent fight was a split decision win against Max Coga.
Bout 7: Szymon Kolecki (8-1) vs. Martin Zawada (29-15-1) (Light Heavyweight)
Kolecki Uses Takedowns, Ground and Pound To Earn Third KSW Win
Szymon Kolecki defeated Martin Zawada in the co-main event, taking a unanimous decision after executing a smart gameplan through three rounds.
Kolecki stifled the good striking of Zawada, being able to score numerous takedowns and keep him down afterwards.
Kolecki was having his best moment in the final minute of the fight, as he was able to move into full mount and unload with punches.
Kolecki now continues his KSW campaign that has three wins. His two previous KSW victories were stoppage victories in 2019.
Szymon entered the fight after a win over former UFC fighter Thiago Silva in 2019.
Bout 6: Michal Michalski (8-4) vs. Aleksandar Rakas (16-7) (Welterweight)
Michalski Secures Stoppage Win With Elbows
Michal Michalski used elbows to pick up a win on Saturday, finishing Aleksandar Rakas late in the first round with ground and pound from the crucifix position.
Michalski got the fight to the ground in the final minute of the round after landing a combination of punches that seemingly wobbled Rakas. He quickly moved into a crucifix position where he scored a series of elbows that made the referee stop the fight.
Michalski now has three-straight stoppage wins in KSW. His two previous victories in the series came in 2019.
Rakas was entering KSW after four wins from 2018 to 2019 in other promotions.
Bout 5: Shamil Musaev (14-0) vs. Uros Jurisic (11-0) (Welterweight)
Musaev Spoils KSW Debut of Jurisic, Brawl Breaks Out After The Fight
Shamil Musaev handed Uros Jurisic his first loss as a pro, using sharp striking and takedowns to win rounds over him. The performance Musaev was quickly overshadowed by a brawl that broke out after the fight.
Tension remained high after the result of the fight, as arguments between both teams broke out into a brawl. The physical exchange started when Musaev caught Jurisic off guard, body-slamming him down onto the cage. He attempted to throw punches as security and teammates jumped in.
Jurisic was making his KSW debut after an undefeated run outside of the promotion. The former Titan FC Welterweight Champion won a Bellator fight in October, defeating Walter Gahadza with a rear naked choke.
The fight was Musaev’s first in over a year. His last two fights were in 2019, where he defeated both Hubert Szymajda and Grzegorz Szulakowski within a round in KSW.
Bout 4: Michal Andryszak (21-9) vs. Guto Inocente (8-5) (Heavyweight)
Andryszak Scores Submission Win After Pressure on the Ground
Michal Andryszak concluded a suffocating performance against Guto Inocente in the second round, putting in an arm triangle choke that caused a tap.
The submission came after two strong rounds for Andryszak. In both rounds he was able to score a takedown then keep top position on Inocente. Andryszak cut Inocente open with ground and pound striking in the second round.
The win put Andryszak on the right track after a rough couple of years. Andryszak has now won two of his last five fights in KSW.
Inocente, a former UFC fighter and GLORY Kickboxing title challenger, was making his KSW debut in the fight. His most recent fight prior to Saturday was a win against Flavio Magon in September of 2020.
Bout 3: Pawel Politylo (5-2) vs. Dawid Martynik (4-1) (Bantamweight)
Politylo Earns Second KSW Win, Defeats Martynik
Pawel Politylo earned a decision win against Dawid Martynik on Saturday. The win for Politylo came after three-rounds of him using clinches and takedowns to control Martynik.
Politylo now has two-straight KSW victories. His previous victory was a decision win against veteran fighter Bogdan Barbu.
The bout was Martynik’s first fight in KSW. He entered the promotion following three consecutive wins outside of it.
Bout 2: Robert Ruchala (4-0) vs. Daniel Bazant (4-1) (Catchweight 150 lbs)
Ruchala Closes Dominant Performance With Third-Round Armbar
Robert Ruchala continued his undefeated run on Saturday, catching Daniel Bazant with an armbar in the third round to finish their fight. The win for Ruchala came after a near one-sided performance against Bazant in the previous rounds.
Ruchala controlled Bazant throughout the fight, scoring numerous takedowns in every round. He was able to do damage on the ground with submission attempts and striking.
Bazant’s best moment was in the second round where he seemingly hurt Ruchala with a right hand during an exchange on the feet.
Ruchala now has five wins as a pro. His previous fight was two months back, where he submitted Michal Domin in his KSW debut.
The fight saw Bazant’s first KSW appearance after five fights in the regional scene.
Bout 1: Bartlomiej Kopera (9-6) vs. Francisco Barrio (7-2) (Lightweight)
Barrio Defeats Kopera, Earns First KSW Victory
Francisco Barrio picked up his first KSW win to kick off the card, defeating Bartlomiej Kopera via decision. The win came after a somewhat slow-paced fight where Barrio controlled Kopera on the feet.
Barrio held Kopera with body locks and clinches against the cage through large portions of all three rounds.
The output of strikes from both fighters increased drastically in the final round of the fight. Both of them landed with significant blows in the closing minutes.
The loss continued Kopera’s losing streak in KSW. The Polish fighter has now lost four-straight bouts via decision, with the streak dating back to 2018.
Barrio’s previous fight was his KSW debut, where he lost a decision to Mateusz Legierski.