KSW 53 took place Saturday evening, July 11 from a studio in Warsaw, Poland and it was the first major MMA event in Europe since the Covid-19 pandemic hit the world.
Mateusz Gamrot (16-0) remained undefeated as he picked apart his rival Norman Parke (28-7-1) over three rounds in a near-flawless performance. The referee stepped in and called upon the cageside doctor who then declared that Parke could not continue due to cuts near the eye.
In the co-main event it was Borys Mankowski (21-8-1) who walked away with the decision in a gruelling war with Marcin Wrzosek (14-7), in what was the former longtime KSW welterweight champion’s debut in the lightweight division.
Elsewhere on the card Tomasz Drwal (22-5-1) had a successful return to action after five years away, Andrzej Grzebyk (17-3) made a statement on his KSW debut with a second round KO win, and former champion Artur Sowinski (21-11) scored a third straight first round victory.
KSW 53 Results
Mateusz Gamrot (15-0) vs. Norman Parke (28-6-1) via TKO (doctor stoppage), round 3.
*Parke missed weight, five round non-title bout.
Borys Mankowski (21-8-1) def. Marcin Wrzosek (14-7) via unanimous decision (29-28 x 3).
Tomasz Drwal (22-5-1) vs. Lukasz Bienkowski (5-4) via TKO (ground & pound), round 2, 2:34.
Andrzej Grzebyk (17-3) def. Tomasz Jakubiec (10-3) via KO (punch), round 2, 0:15.
Roman Szymanski (13-5) def. Filip Pejic (14-4-2) via TKO (punches), round 3, 4:37.
Artur Sowinski (21-11) def. Gracjan Szadzinski (8-4) via TKO (punches), round 1, 2:04.
Michal Pietrzak (9-4) def. Kamil Szymuszowski (17-7) via KO (punches), round 1, 0:56.
Sebastian Przybysz (7-2) def. Jakub Wiklacz (10-3-1) via TKO (body punches), round 3, 1:18.