Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki

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Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki
Type Private
Industry Mixed martial arts promotion
Founded 2004
Founders Martin Lewandowski, Maciej Kawulski
Headquarters Warsaw, Poland
Key people Martin Lewandowski, Maciej Kawulski
Website http://www.konfrontacja.com/

Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki, better known by its acronym, KSW, is widely considered to be the premiere mixed martial arts organization in Poland[1] and one of the leading promotions in Europe. To date, most events have been hosted in Warsaw, Poland.

History[edit]

Martin Lewandowski had been the manager of the Hotel Marriott in Warsaw when he met Maciej Kawulski in 2002. Kawulski was organizing one of the biggest sports expos in Poland at that time, and as both businessmen come from martial arts backgrounds, they quickly found a common subject. Eighteen months later the first KSW show was born.[2]

The promotion is famed for its four and eight-man tournaments, which until KSW X - Dekalog took place over the period of one night,[3] but since KSW XI they are split, with the tournament final taking place on the next event. KSW XV is the first event without a new tournament, only with extra fights and finals from previous tournaments.

Several fighters who have been successful in KSW have signed on to more well known promotions such as the UFC. KSW has its own fight team, the KSW Team, which consists of some of the promotion's elite fighters, such as Mamed Khalidov, Jan Błachowicz, Krzysztof Kulak, Łukasz Jurkowski or Antoni Chmielewski. KSW co-operates with many other promotions in Europe by exchanging fighters, for example WFC and The Cage. KSW runs the majority of its shows live on a variety of TV networks (Polsat Sport, Polsat Sport Extra) throughout Europe. Since KSW XI, the promotion runs its shows live on nationally available private television Polsat.

List of KSW events[edit]

# Event Title Date Arena Location
32 KSW 27: Cage Time May 17, 2014 Ergo Arena Gdansk, Poland
31 KSW 26: Materla vs. Silva III March 22, 2014 Hala Torwar Warsaw, Poland
30 KSW 25: Kahlidov vs. Sakurai December 8, 2013 Wroclaw Centennial Hall Wroclaw, Poland
29 KSW 24: Clash of the Giants September 28, 2013 Atlas Arena Lódz, Poland
28 KSW 23: Khalidov vs Manhoef June 8, 2013 Ergo Arena Gdansk/Sopot, Poland
27 KSW 22: Pride Time March 16, 2013 Hala Torwar Warsaw, Poland
26 KSW 21: Ultimate Explanation December 1, 2012 Hala Torwar Warsaw, Poland
25 KSW 20: Fighting Symphonies September 15, 2012 Ergo Arena Gdansk/Sopot, Poland
24 KSW 19: Pudzianowski vs. Sapp May 12, 2012 Atlas Arena Lódz, Poland
23 KSW 18: Unfinished Sympathy February 25, 2012 Orlen Arena Plock, Poland
22 KSW 17: Revenge November 26, 2011 Atlas Arena Lódz, Poland
21 KSW 16: Khalidov vs. Lindland May 21, 2011 Ergo Arena Gdansk/Sopot, Poland
20 KSW 15: Contemporary Gladiators March 19, 2011 Hala Torwar Warsaw, Poland
19 KSW Extra 2 January 29, 2011 Hala MOSiR Elk, Poland
18 KSW Fight Club October 9, 2010 Ryn Castle Ryn, Poland
17 KSW 14: Judgment Day September 18, 2010 Atlas Arena Lódz, Poland
16 KSW 13: Kumite May 7, 2010 Spodek Katowice, Poland
15 KSW 12: Pudzianowski vs. Najman December 2009 Hala Torwar Warsaw, Poland
14 KSW 11: Khalidov vs. Acacio May 15, 2009 Hala Torwar Warsaw, Poland
13 KSW 10: Dekalog December 12, 2008 Hala Torwar Warsaw, Poland
12 KSW Extra September 13, 2008 Hala Centrum Dabrowa Górnicza, Poland
11 KSW IX - Konfrontacja May 9, 2008 Hala Torwar Warsaw, Poland
10 KSW Elimination II March 29, 2008 Hala Stulecia Wroclaw, Poland
9 KSW VIII - Konfrontacja November 10, 2007 Hala Torwar Warsaw, Poland
8 KSW Elimination September 15, 2007 Hala Orbita Wroclaw, Poland
7 KSW VII - Konfrontacja June 2, 2007 Hala Torwar Warsaw, Poland
6 KSW VI - Konfrontacja October 14, 2006 Hala Torwar Warsaw, Poland
5 KSW V - Konfrontacja June 3, 2006 Hotel Marriott Warsaw, Poland
4 KSW IV - Konfrontacja September 10, 2005 Hotel Marriott Warsaw, Poland
3 KSW III - Konfrontacja January 15, 2005 Hotel Marriott Warsaw, Poland
2 KSW II - Konfrontacja October 7, 2004 Hotel Marriott Warsaw, Poland
1 KSW I - Konfrontacja February 27, 2004 Hotel Marriott Warsaw, Poland

List of KSW Events:

Current Champions[edit]

Men's Divisions[edit]

Division Upper weight limit Champion Since Title Defenses
Heavyweight 265 lb (120 kg; 18.9 st) Poland Karol Bedorf September 28, 2013 (KSW 24) 0
Light Heavyweight 205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st) Vacant
Middleweight 185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st) Poland Michał Materla May 12, 2012 (KSW 19) 3
Welterweight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st) Poland Borys Mankowski May 17, 2014 (KSW 27) 0
Lightweight 155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st) Poland Maciej Jewtuszko December 1, 2012 (KSW 21) 0
Featherweight 145 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st) Vacant 0

Women's Divisions[edit]

Division Upper weight limit Champion Since Title Defenses
Flyweight 125 lb (57 kg; 8.9 st) Poland Karolina Kowalkiewicz June 8, 2013 (KSW 23) 1

Title history[edit]

Heavyweight Championship[edit]

120 kg (265 lb)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
1 Poland Karol Bedorf
def. Pawel Nastula
KSW 24
Łódź, Poland
September 28, 2013

Light Heavyweight Championship[edit]

93 kg (205 lb)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
1 Poland Mamed Khalidov
def. Daniel Acacio
KSW 11
Warsaw, Poland
May 15, 2009

1. drew with Ryuta Sakurai at KSW 13 on May 7, 2010 in Katowice, Poland

Title vacated after Khalidov moved down to middleweight.
2 Cameroon Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou
def. Jan Błachowicz
KSW 15
Warsaw, Poland
March 19, 2011
3 Poland Jan Błachowicz KSW 17
Łódź, Poland
November 26, 2011

1. def. Houston Alexander at KSW 20 on Sep 15, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland
2. def. Goran Reljic at KSW 22 on March 16, 2013 in Warsaw, Poland

Title vacated after Błachowicz left KSW for UFC.

Middleweight Championship[edit]

84 kg (185 lb)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
1 Poland Krzysztof Kułak
def. Vitor Nobrega
KSW 13
Katowice, Poland
May 7, 2010
Title vacated after Kułak was unable to defend the title due to injury.
2 Poland Michał Materla
def. Jay Silva
KSW 19
Łódź, Poland
May 12, 2012

1. def. Rodney Wallace at KSW 21 on Dec 1, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland
2. def. Kendall Grove at KSW 23 on June 8, 2013 in Gdansk, Poland
3. def. Jay Silva at KSW 26 on March 22, 2014 in Warsaw, Poland

Welterweight Championship[edit]

77 kg (170 lb)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
1 Poland Aslambek Saidov
def. Borys Mańkowski
KSW 21
Warsaw, Poland
December 1, 2012 1. def. Daniel Acacio at KSW 25 on Dec 8, 2013 in Wroclaw, Poland
2 Poland Borys Mankowski KSW 27
Gdansk, Poland
May 17, 2014

Lightweight Championship[edit]

70 kg (155 lb)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
1 Poland Maciej Jewtuszko
def. Artur Sowiński
KSW 21
Warsaw, Poland
December 1, 2012

Women's Flyweight Championship[edit]

55 kg (121 lb)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
1 Poland Karolina Kowalkiewicz
def. Marta Chojnoska
KSW 23
Gdansk, Poland
June 8, 2013 1. def. Jasminka Cive at KSW 27 on May 17, 2014 in Gdansk, Poland

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