Mariusz ‘PUDZIAN’ Pudzianowski!
— KSW (@KSW_MMA)
March 20, 2021
Fight Facts is a breakdown of all of the interesting information
and cage curiosities on every card, with some puns, references and
portmanteaus to keep things fun. These deep stat dives delve into
the numbers, providing historical context and telling the stories
behind those numbers.
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TOTAL NUMBER OF KSW FIGHTS: 553
TOTAL NUMBER OF KSW EVENTS: 65
KSW underwent a substantial change hours before the card and
still managed to deliver a wild event. A rare super heavyweight
tilt capped off KSW
59, which featured an unexpected title change, a victor who has
grown up in the league and a former UFC fighter showing just how
good he is.
Eight Is Great, But Nine Is Just Fine: KSW 59 is
the first event since 2019 to feature any number other than exactly
eight bouts. Nine tilts took place throughout the night.
The Brothers Rajewski: Brothers Lukasz
Rajewski and Sebastian
Rajewski competed on KSW 59, and both prevailed by winning
decisions over Konrad
Dyrschka and Savo Lazic,
respectively. They both previously appeared at KSW 54 together, and
both also won decisions that night.
Too Big to Fail: On Saturday morning, scheduled
Ousmane Dia fell ill with appendicitis and withdrew from his
contest with Mariusz
Pudzianowski. The promotion kept the main event intact,
slotting in KSW 59 competitor Darko
Stosic’s cornerman Nikola
Milanovic to compete at super heavyweight.
Walrus Slapfight: The new marquee attraction
between Pudzianowski and Milanovic took place in the super
heavyweight category, although Milanovic’s weight was undisclosed.
It is the first KSW bout above heavyweight since Pawel
Mikolajuw faced Robert
Burneika at KSW 39 in 2017.
The World’s Strongest Man: Pudzianowski, with his
fight with Dia and then Milanovic scheduled for super heavyweight,
is responsible for nine of ten super heavyweight matches in KSW
Thanks To Several Fence Grabs: Pudzianowski
battered short-notice replacement foe Milanovic in 70 seconds to
record another knockout. The Polish icon has finished 64 percent of
his foes in victory, and they have all come from strikes.
Easiest of Them All: The win in KSW was
Pudzianowski’s 14th, putting him in fifth place for the most wins
in company history. Lukasz
Jurkowski (15), Jan
Blachowicz (16), Mamed
Khalidov and Michal
Materla (19 each) all have earned more.
Not Much Time Left on the Clock: “Pudzian” last
competed in November 2019, making his layoff of over 16 months the
longest in his career. The 44-year-old left strongman competitions
to make his MMA debut in 2009.
The Trilogy Looms: For the first time in the KSW
cage, Antun Racic
lost. Racic failed to defend his bantamweight throne, and former
Przybysz scored the upset by decision and avenged a 2018 loss
in the process.
Rack ‘Em: Even in defeat, Racic extended his lead
for the most appearances in KSW bantamweight history with six.
Calling All Judges: The last 12 fights for Racic
have all gone the distance, dating back to a submission loss in
2015. In comparison, he has more consecutive bouts going to the
scorecards than opponent Przybysz holds in career fights.
Long Distance Runner: Racic has left his bout in
the hands of the judges in each of his seven KSW bouts. Only four
fighters have involved the judges more: Aslambek
Saidov and Borys
Mankowski (eight each), and Antoni
Chmielewski and Artur
Sowinski (nine each).
Scaling the Radcliffe: Damian
Janikowski put Jason
Radcliffe away late into the second round. England’s Radcliffe
has still only gone the distance one time in his 24-fight career,
and it is just the sixth time he had ever fought beyond the first
Home Grown Boy: Each of Janikowski’s nine career
bouts has taken place in the KSW cage. He currently holds the most
appearances of any fighter to never compete elsewhere.
Donnie Darko: Making his successful KSW debut,
Ultimate Fighting Championship vet Stosic
returned to heavyweight and clobbered Michal
Wlodarek with one diving punch. While he holds four career
losses, they have all come at 205 pounds; Stosic is now a flawless
at 13-0 in bouts above 205 pounds.
One-Eyed Bart: Bartosinski ran his unbeaten record
to 10-0 by putting Suarez away. He earned his eighth knockout as a
pro, boosting his career finish (and knockout) rate to 80
Never Say Never Again: Coming into KSW 59,
Krystian Kaszubowski (10 fights) and Dyrschka (13 fights) had
never lost on the scorecards, Wlodarek (10 fights) and Suarez (nine
fights) had never been knocked out and Lazic had never lost
consecutive bouts (15 fights).