Rajewski Brothers Set To Battle Tough Opponents At KSW 66

Rajewski Brothers Set To Battle Tough Opponents At KSW 66

The KSW Rajewski brothers (Lukasz and Sebastain) both 11-6, are set to appear in their respective weight classes at KSW 66 set to take place January 15, 2022. The main event is set to see KSW lightweight champion Marian Ziolkowski defend his crown against Borys Mankowski while one of KSW’s pound-for-pound leaders, Thomasz Narkun, will defend his light heavyweight championship against Ibragim Chuzhigaev. The action can be seen on Viaplay in the Polish areas and worldwide elsewhere on KSWtv. KSW 66 will take place in Szczecin, Poland.

Lukasz Rajewski vs Donovan Desmae (lightweight)

The older of the Rajewski brother, Lukasz Rajewski (11-6) enters KSW 66 riding a hot three-fight winning streak including decision in his last two bouts at KSW 54 and KSW 59 respectively. One to finish the fight, seven of Lukasz’s career 11 wins have come by the finish with five of those by KO/TKO. And do not let his losses fool you. He has lost to many of Europe’s best including KSW featherweight champion Salahdine Parnasse and Daniel Rutkowski, considered two of the best fighters not on the American scene. Another impressive win could find Lukasz in the thick of the lightweight title picture. The title fight is actually the night’s main event bout.

Donovan Desmae (14-7) made quite the impression in his KSW debut though he took the hard-fought loss. Desmae took former title contender Roman Szymanski to the limit at KSW 61 in June 2021, suffering the decision loss and earning Fight of the Night. 10 of Desmae’s 14 victories have come by finish with seven of those by KO/TKO. A win could turn around the fortunes of Desmae and put him on track toward lighweight title contention in 2022.

Sebastian Rajewski vs Niklas Backstrom (lightweight)

3-1 in KSW and a winner of his last two outings, Sebastian Rajewski (11-6) had a solid 2021 in KSW winning both of his both by decision. Sebastian has shown the finishing ability with four of his career 11 wins by KO/TKO. Normally, he typically drags his opponent into deep waters for the decision win. Aside from his 12-second knockout to Filip Pejic at KSW 56, Rajewski was not lost since 2018. The younger Rajewski brother will hope to give the brothers a 2-0 showing at KSW 66.

Across the cage and in his way will stand Niklas Backstrom (11-3) making his return after a four-year layoff. Backstrom will be Sebastian’s toughest task to date. Three of his bouts were in the UFC including a Performance of the Night bonus. Since his tenure in the UFC, Backstrom won three straight before dropping a decision in ACB back in July 2017. With Sebastian more of a decision-style winner, Backstrom will look to be the opposite. Eight of his 11 victories coming by the finish with four by KO/TKO and the other four by submission. The UFC veteran has a chance to get back on track on a big stage. Wins in KSW could easily find him back in the UFC.

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