This weekend’s KSW 46 fight card in Gliwice, Poland has officially sold out. 15,000 fans will pack into Arena Gliwice on December 1 to witness the rematch between the legend Mamed Khalidov (34-5-2) and KSW light heavyweight champion Tomasz Narkun (15-2). The pair met earlier this year as we saw Narkun come from behind and end Khalidov’s twenty fight KSW unbeaten streak in what is a ‘Fight of the Year’ contender.
The co-main will see undefeated lightweight champion Mateusz Gamrot (14-0) goes for a second title as he faces submission ace & former champ Kleber Koike Erbst (24-4-1) for the vacant featherweight title. Also on the card will be welterweight champion Roberto Soldic (14-3) in a non-title fight and a hotly anticipated contest between ‘The Polish Zombie’ Marcin Wrzosek (13-4) and undefeated young French sensation Salahdine Parnasse (11-0-1) with the winner vying for a title shot.
KSW 46 will be live around the world this Saturday via online PPV on www.KSWTV.com.
KSW 46 Fight Card
Main Event – Superfight – 92kg Catchweight
Mamed Khalidov (34-5-2) vs. Tomasz Narkun (15-2)
Vacant Featherweight Title
Mateusz Gamrot (14-0) vs. Kleber Koike Erbst (24-4-1)
Featherweight: Marcin Wrzosek (13-4) vs. Salahdine Parnasse (11-0-1)
80kg Catchweight: Roberto Soldic (14-3) vs. Vinicius Bohrer (16-6)
Featherweight: Roman Szymanski (10-4) vs. Daniel Torres (8-3)
Lightweight: Grzegorz Szulakowski (9-2) vs. Marian Ziolkowski (19-7-1)
Lightweight: Artur Sowinski (18-10) vs. Kamil Szymuszowski (16-5)
Bantamweight: Antun Racic (21-8-1) vs. Sebastian Przybysz (4-1)
Welterweight: Krystian Kaszubowski (6-0) vs. Michal Michalski (6-3)
KSW in 2018
Earlier this week KSW owners Martin Lewandowski and Maciej Kawulski were listed at 28 on Forbes’ ‘Most Powerful People in Sport in Poland’ list. This is up from 42 in 2017.
2018 saw the continued growth for KSW both domestically and internationally. KSW 43, which aired on national TV in Poland, had 1.3m viewers on average and a peak viewership of 1.5m, making KSW of the most watched MMA events in the world. It was the first ever KSW card to not feature a Polish fighter in the main event as Croatia’s Roberto Soldic and South Africa’s Dricus Du Plessis thrilled KSW fans worldwide.
At KSW 45 we returned to London for the first time since 2015 and once again The SSE Arena, Wembley was almost a sellout. At this event England’s own Phil De Fries defended his heavyweight title in his home country defeating former champ Karol Bedorf and the semi finals of our middleweight tournament took place.
Our last event of 2018 – KSW 46, now sold out – will take place on December 1 in Gliwice, Poland and it will mark our fifth and final event of the year, a move from our standard four yearly events set in previous years.
We also continued our partnership deals with the likes of Monster Energy, Ubisoft, Briggs & Stratton, and our global reach expanded with various new broadcast deals, including DAZN, and the continued growth of KSWTV.com, our very own global PPV platform.
Domestically, KSW launched the KSW Sports Temple – a sports bar and restaurant – in the heart of Warsaw and the KSW Camp was once again held during the summer connecting KSW athletes with underprivileged kids to offer unique training and interaction to help with the community.
KSW was also invited to serve as consultants on the upcoming Polish movie ‘Underdog’ – the first ever MMA based Polish movie which is set for release in 2019 and will also feature Mamed Khalidov in a starring role.