Paweł Nastula

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Paweł Nastula
Paweł Nastula 1998.jpg
Born Paweł Nastula
(1970-06-26) June 26, 1970 (age 44)
Warsaw, Poland
Residence Warsaw, Poland
Nationality Polish
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 241 lb (109 kg; 17 st 3 lb)
Division Heavyweight (265 lb)
Style Judo
Stance Southpaw
Fighting out of Warsaw, Poland
Team Nastula Team
Rank Black belt in Judo
Years active 2005-present (MMA)
Mixed martial arts record
Total 10
Wins 5
By knockout 3
By submission 2
Losses 5
By knockout 3
By submission 2
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Paweł Marcin Nastula (born 26 June 1970 in Warsaw) is a Polish judoka and mixed martial artist. He was the 1995 and 1997 Judo World Champion, and 1996 gold medallist at the Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, winning those titles in the U95kg weight category.

Judo career[edit]

Paweł started training Judo at the age of 10 at AZS AWF. In addition to the 1996 Summer Olympics, Nastula had won many European and World competitions, and was considered one of the top judo players in the world. Between February 1994 and March 1998 Nastula was unbeaten in Judo, having 312 consecutive wins over a period of those 1,220 days and winning every competition, a monumental feat. His winning streak snapped when the weight category was changed (from -95 kg to -100 kg).

He retired from the sport in 2004.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Nastula received a very tough welcome to the PRIDE organisation, immediately facing two of PRIDE's top heavyweight contenders and seasoned professionals in Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Alexander Emelianenko. Nastula wasted little time lamenting these losses. In his 3rd match in July 2006, Nastula made easy work of previously unbeaten MMA professional Edson Drago. After a very close fight, Nastula suffered defeat to Pride Grand Prix finalist Josh Barnett by ankle lock at PRIDE 32: The Real Deal. It was later announced that he failed his NSAC-administered drug test.[1] Nastula tested positive for the banned substance nandrolone as well as banned stimulants phenylpropanolamine, pseudoephedrine, and ephedrine. Nastula has denied the veracity of the test results, however, claiming that the stimulants were absorbed into his system from over-the-counter supplements and that nandrolone, a mass-building substance, would not have been useful to him as he has not gained any muscle mass since coming to PRIDE. According to an interview by the website www.budo.pl, Nastula has hired lawyers to solve the situation.

Following the fall of PRIDE FC, Nastula signed with World Victory Road and competed at Sengoku 4, losing via a controversial TKO to Yang Dong Yi. Nastula was unable to answer the referee's call to stand up, after receiving numerous strikes to the groin earlier in the fight.[2] The referee inexplicably halted the bout, declaring Yang the winner by TKO.

Return to MMA[edit]

In 2008 Nastula was signed by a new promotion from Poland, MCC (Martial Combat Club) and was expected to face Koji Kanechika in their event in May.[3] Unfortunately, the promotion folded and the event was cancelled.
Since then, Paweł was reported to be in talks with various promotions from Poland. KSW stated to be in talks with Nastula several times, changing its mind about the event he should participate in. For example, Paweł was reported to face Mariusz Pudzianowski at KSW XIII, which was later changed to KSW XIV. However, after losing to Tim Sylvia, Pudzianowski pulled out of that fight.

Despite many failed returns to the ring, and no bouts since the Sengoku loss from August 2008, Paweł remained active, running his club (Nastula Club) in Warsaw and training with fighters like Robert Jocz, Jan Błachowicz and Krzysztof Kułak. However, after Pudzianowski's withdrawal from KSW XIV, Nastula stated in recent interviews, that he will retire if he won't get to fight in 2010.

In July 2010, Nastula signed with another new Polish promotion, Fighters Arena. Paweł made his anticipated comeback (and first ring appearance in Poland) at the inauginational show of the promotion in the Atlas Arena in Łódź, Poland, facing Yusuke Masuda (training partner of Hidehiko Yoshida) in the main event. Nastula proved to be in shape, as he quickly knocked down his opponent and followed with a flurry of punches on the ground, forcing the referee to stop the bout early at 0:26 of the first round.

At KSW 24, Nastula competed to crown the first KSW Heavyweight champion against Karol Bedorf.[4] He lost the fight due to exhaustion in the second round.

Personal life[edit]

Paweł is married and has two daughters.
For his sport achievements, he received the Knight's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta (5th Class) in 1996.

Nastula is the author of the book My Judo (2000), where he describes his favourite techniques and their combinations.
He took part in the 2009 Polish version of Dancing with the Stars, eventually finishing sixth overall.

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 5–5 Karol Bedorf TKO (exhaustion) KSW 24 - Clash of the Giants September 28, 2013 2 2:25 Lodz, Poland For KSW Heavyweight Championship.
Win 5–4 Kevin Asplund Submission (keylock) KSW 22 March 16, 2013 1 2:33 Warszawa, Poland
Win 4–4 Jimmy Ambriz Submission (hand injury) STC: Bydgoszcz vs. Torun October 1, 2011 1 1:50 Bydgoszcz, Poland Wins Streetfighters Team Cup Heavyweight Championship.
Win 3–4 Andrzej Wroński TKO (punches) Wieczór Mistrzów August 20, 2011 1 1:09 Koszalin, Poland
Win 2–4 Yusuke Masuda TKO (punches) FAŁ: Fighters Arena Łódź September 3, 2010 1 0:26 Łódź, Poland
Loss 1–4 Yang Dongi TKO (exhaustion) World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 4 August 24, 2008 2 2:15 Saitama, Saitama, Japan
Loss 1–3 Josh Barnett Submission (toe hold) Pride 32 October 21, 2006 2 3:04 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Nastula tested positive for steroids.
Win 1–2 Edson Claas Vieira Submission (armbar) Pride Critical Countdown Absolute July 1, 2006 1 4:33 Saitama, Saitama, Japan
Loss 0–2 Alexander Emelianenko Submission (rear-naked choke) Pride Shockwave 2005 December 31, 2005 1 8:45 Saitama, Saitama, Japan
Loss 0–1 Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira TKO (punches) Pride Critical Countdown 2005 June 26, 2005 1 8:38 Saitama, Saitama, Japan

Awards and titles[edit]

Judo[edit]

  • 1996 Atlanta 1st Prize (Gold Medal)
  • 1991 Barcelona 2nd Prize
  • 1995 Tokyo 1st Prize
  • 1997 Paris 1st Prize
  • 1994-1996 1st Prize
  • 1999 Bratislava 2nd Prize

Mixed martial arts[edit]

  • Streetfighters Team Cup Heavyweight Championship.

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Poland Andrzej Wroński
Polish Sportspersonality of the Year
1995
Succeeded by
Poland Renata Mauer
Preceded by
Poland Renata Mauer
Polish Sportspersonality of the Year
1997
Succeeded by
Poland Robert Korzeniowski