Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki

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Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki
Private
Industry Mixed martial arts promotion
Founded 2004
Founder Martin Lewandowski, Maciej Kawulski
Headquarters Warsaw, Poland
Key people
Martin Lewandowski, Maciej Kawulski
Parent KSW Federation[1]
Website Konfrontacja.com/

Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki, better known by its initials, KSW, is widely considered to be the premiere mixed martial arts organization in Poland.[2] and one of the leading promotions in Europe. To date, most events have been hosted in Warsaw, Poland.[3]

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.[4]

The promotion is famed for its four and eight-man tournaments, which until KSW X - Dekalog took place over the period of one night,[5] 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]

No. Event Date Venue Location
51 KSW 45: The Return to Wembley October 6, 2018 Wembley Arena England London, England
50 KSW 44: The Game June 9, 2018 Ergo Arena Poland Gdańsk, Poland
49 KSW 43: Soldić vs. Du Plessis April 14, 2018 Centennial Hall Poland Wrocław, Poland
48 KSW 42: Khalidov vs. Narkun March 3, 2018 Atlas Arena Poland Łódź, Poland
47 KSW 41: Mankowski vs. Soldić December 23, 2017 Spodek Poland Katowice, Poland
46 KSW 40: Dublin October 22, 2017 3Arena Republic of Ireland Dublin, Ireland
45 KSW 39: Colosseum May 27, 2017 The PGE Narodowy Poland Warsaw, Poland
44 KSW 38: Live in Studio April 7, 2017 Studio Apricor Poland Sękocin Nowy, Poland
43 KSW 37: Circus of Pain December 3, 2016 Tauron Arena Poland Krakow, Poland
42 KSW 36: Materla vs. Palhares October 1, 2016 Hala CRS Poland Zielona Góra, Poland
41 KSW 35: Khalidov vs. Karaoglu May 27, 2016 Ergo Arena Poland Gdansk, Poland
40 KSW 34: New Order March 5, 2016 Hala Torwar Poland Warsaw, Poland
39 KSW 33: Khalidov vs. Materla November 28, 2015 Tauron Arena Poland Krakow, Poland
38 KSW 32: Road to Wembley October 31, 2015 Wembley Arena England London, England
37 KSW 31: Materla vs. Drwal May 23, 2015 Ergo Arena Poland Gdańsk, Poland
36 KSW 30: Genesis February 21, 2015 HWS Arena Poland Poznań, Poland
35 KSW 29: Reload December 6, 2014 Kraków Arena Poland Kraków, Poland
34 KSW 28: Fighters Den October 4, 2014 Hala Widowiskowo-Sportowa Poland Szczecin, Poland
33 KSW 27: Cage Time May 17, 2014 Ergo Arena Poland Gdansk, Poland
32 KSW 26: Materla vs. Silva 3 March 22, 2014 Hala Torwar Poland Warsaw, Poland
31 KSW 25: Kahlidov vs. Sakurai December 8, 2013 Wroclaw Centennial Hall Poland Wroclaw, Poland
30 KSW 24: Clash of the Giants September 28, 2013 Atlas Arena Poland Lódz, Poland
29 KSW 23: Khalidov vs. Manhoef June 8, 2013 Ergo Arena Poland Gdansk, Poland
28 KSW 22: Pride Time March 16, 2013 Hala Torwar Poland Warsaw, Poland
27 KSW 21: Ultimate Explanation December 1, 2012 Hala Torwar Poland Warsaw, Poland
26 KSW 20: Fighting Symphonies September 15, 2012 Ergo Arena Poland Gdansk, Poland
25 KSW 19: Pudzianowski vs. Sapp May 12, 2012 Atlas Arena Poland Lódz, Poland
24 KSW 18: Unfinished Sympathy February 25, 2012 Orlen Arena Poland Plock, Poland
23 KSW 17: Revenge November 26, 2011 Atlas Arena Poland Lódz, Poland
22 KSW 16: Khalidov vs. Lindland May 21, 2011 Ergo Arena Poland Gdansk, Poland
21 KSW 15: Contemporary Gladiators March 19, 2011 Hala Torwar Poland Warsaw, Poland
20 KSW Extra 2 January 29, 2011 Hala MOSiR Poland Elk, Poland
19 KSW Fight Club October 9, 2010 Ryn Castle Poland Ryn, Poland
18 KSW 14: Judgment Day September 18, 2010 Atlas Arena Poland Lódz, Poland
17 KSW 13: Kumite May 7, 2010 Spodek Poland Katowice, Poland
16 KSW Elimination 3 April 1, 2010 CWKS Legia Boxing Club PolandWarsaw, Poland
15 KSW 12: Pudzianowski vs. Najman December 11, 2009 Hala Torwar Poland Warsaw, Poland
14 KSW 11: Khalidov vs. Acacio May 15, 2009 Hala Torwar Poland Warsaw, Poland
13 KSW 10: Dekalog December 12, 2008 Hala Torwar PolandWarsaw, Poland
12 KSW Extra September 13, 2008 Hala Centrum Poland Dabrowa Górnicza, Poland
11 KSW IX: Konfrontacja May 9, 2008 Hala Torwar Poland Warsaw, Poland
10 KSW Elimination 2 March 29, 2008 Hala Stulecia Poland Wroclaw, Poland
9 KSW VIII: Konfrontacja November 10, 2007 Hala Torwar Poland Warsaw, Poland
8 KSW Elimination 1 September 15, 2007 Hala Orbita Poland Wroclaw, Poland
7 KSW VII: Konfrontacja June 2, 2007 Hala Torwar Poland Warsaw, Poland
6 KSW VI: Konfrontacja October 14, 2006 Hala Torwar Poland Warsaw, Poland
5 KSW V: Konfrontacja June 3, 2006 Hotel Marriott Poland Warsaw, Poland
4 KSW IV: Konfrontacja September 10, 2005 Hotel Marriott Poland Warsaw, Poland
3 KSW III: Konfrontacja January 15, 2005 Hotel Marriott Poland Warsaw, Poland
2 KSW II: Konfrontacja October 7, 2004 Hotel Marriott Poland Warsaw, Poland
1 KSW I: Konfrontacja February 27, 2004 Hotel Marriott Poland Warsaw, Poland

List of KSW Events:

Current Champions[edit]

Men's Divisions[edit]

Division Upper weight limit Champion Since Title Defenses
Heavyweight 120 kg (264.6 lb; 18.9 st) England Phil De Fries April 14, 2018 (KSW 43) 0
Light Heavyweight 95 kg (209.4 lb; 15.0 st) Poland Tomasz Narkun October 31, 2015 (KSW 32) 3
Middleweight 85 kg (187.4 lb; 13.4 st) Vacant
Welterweight 75 kg (165.3 lb; 11.8 st) South Africa Dricus Du Plessis April 14, 2018 (KSW 43) 0
Lightweight 70 kg (154.3 lb; 11.0 st) Poland Mateusz Gamrot May 27, 2016 (KSW 35) 3
Featherweight 65 kg (143.3 lb; 10.2 st) Vacant

Women's Divisions[edit]

Division Upper weight limit Champion Since Title Defenses
Flyweight 55 kg (121.3 lb; 8.7 st) Brazil Ariane Lipski May 27, 2017 (KSW 39) 2
Strawweight 50 kg (110.2 lb; 7.9 st) Vacant September 21, 2015

Championship history[edit]

Heavyweight Championship[edit]

120 kg (264.6 lb; 18.9 st)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
Current England Phil De Fries
def. Michal Andryszak
KSW 43
Poland Wrocław, Poland
April 14, 2018 N/A
Title vacated after Rozalski announced he’s return to kickboxing.
3 Poland Marcin Rozalski KSW 39
Poland Warsaw, Poland
May 27, 2017
2 Brazil Fernando Rodrigues Jr. KSW 37
Poland Krakow, Poland
December 3, 2016
1 Poland Karol Bedorf
def. Pawel Nastula
KSW 24
Poland Łódź, Poland
September 28, 2013

1. def. Rolles Gracie at KSW 28 on Oct 4, 2014 in Szczecin, Poland
2. def. Michał Kita at KSW 33 on November 28, 2015 in Krakow, Poland
3. def. James McSweeney at KSW 34 on March 5, 2016 in Warsaw, Poland

Light Heavyweight Championship[edit]

95 kg (209.4 lb; 15.0 st)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
Current Poland Tomasz Narkun KSW 32
England London, England
October 31, 2015 1. def. Cassio Barbosa de Oliveira at KSW 34 on March 5, 2016 in Warsaw, Poland

2. def. R. Sokoudjou at KSW 36 on October 1, 2016 in Zielona Gora, Poland
3. def. Marcin Wojcik at KSW 39 on May 27, 2017 in Warsaw, Poland

4 Croatia Goran Reljić
def. Attila Végh
KSW 31
Poland Gdańsk, Poland
May 23, 2015 N/A
Title vacated after Błachowicz left KSW for UFC.
3 Poland Jan Błachowicz KSW 17
Poland 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

2 Cameroon Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou
def. Jan Błachowicz
KSW 15
Poland Warsaw, Poland
March 19, 2011 N/A
Title vacated after Khalidov moved down to middleweight.
1 Poland Mamed Khalidov
def. Daniel Acacio
KSW 11
Poland Warsaw, Poland
May 15, 2009

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

Middleweight Championship[edit]

85 kg (187.4 lb; 13.4 st)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
Current Vacant N/A N/A N/A
Khalidov vacated the title
3 Poland Mamed Khalidov
KSW 33
Poland Krakow, Poland
November 28, 2015

1. def. Aziz Karaoglu at KSW 35 on May 27, 2016 in Sopot, Poland

2 Poland Michał Materla
def. Jay Silva
KSW 19
Poland 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
4. def. Tomasz Drwal at KSW 31 on May 23, 2015 in Gdansk, Poland

Title vacated after Kułak was unable to defend the title due to injury.
1 Poland Krzysztof Kułak
def. Vitor Nobrega
KSW 13
Poland Katowice, Poland
May 7, 2010 N/A

Welterweight Championship[edit]

75 kg (165.3 lb; 11.8 st)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
Current South Africa Dricus Du Plessis KSW 43
Poland Gdansk, Poland
April 14, 2018 N/A
3 Croatia Roberto Soldić KSW 41
Poland Katowice, Poland
December 23, 2017 N/A
2 Poland Borys Mańkowski KSW 27
Poland Gdansk, Poland
May 17, 2014 1. def. David Zawada at KSW 29 on Dec 6, 2014 in Krakow, Poland

2. def. Jesse Taylor at KSW 32 on Oct. 31, 2015 in London, England
3. def. John Maguire at KSW 37 on Dec. 3, 2016 in Krakow, Poland

1 Russia Aslambek Saidov
def. Borys Mańkowski
KSW 21
Poland Warsaw, Poland
December 1, 2012 1. def. Daniel Acacio at KSW 25 on Dec 8, 2013 in Wroclaw, Poland

Lightweight Championship[edit]

70 kg (154.3 lb; 11.0 st)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
Current Poland Mateusz Gamrot
def. Mansour Barnaoui
KSW 35
Poland Sopot, Poland
May 27, 2016 1. def. Renato Gomes at KSW 36 on October 1, 2016 in Zielona Gora, Poland

2. def. Norman Parke at KSW 39 on May 27, 2017 in Warsaw, Poland
3. def. Grzegorz Szulakowski at KSW 42 on March 3, 2018 in Lodz, Poland

Jewtuszko vacated the title when he pulled out of a title fight due to an injury and moved up to compete in the Welterweight division.
1 Poland Maciej Jewtuszko
def. Artur Sowiński
KSW 21
Poland Warsaw, Poland
December 1, 2012 N/A

Featherweight Championship[edit]

65 kg (143.3 lb; 10.2 st)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
Current Vacant N/A N/A N/A
Kleber Koike Erbst stripped of the title due to missed weight
3 Japan Kleber Koike Erbst KSW 39
Poland Warsaw, Poland
May 27, 2017
2 Poland Marcin Wrzosek KSW 37
Poland Krakow, Poland
December 3, 2016
1 Poland Artur Sowiński
def. Kleber Koike Erbst
KSW 33
Poland Krakow, Poland
November 28, 2015 1. def. Fabiano Silva da Conceicao at KSW 34 on March 5, 2016 in Warsaw, Poland

Women's Flyweight Championship[edit]

55 kg (121.3 lb; 8.7 st)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
Current Brazil Ariane Lipski
def. Diana Belbita
KSW 39
Poland Warsaw, Poland
May 27, 2017 1. def. Mariana Morais at KSW 40 on October 22, 2017 in Dublin, Ireland

2. def. Silvana Gomez Juarez at KSW 42 on March 3, 2018 in Lodz, Poland

Women's Strawweight Championship[edit]

50 kg (110.2 lb; 7.9 st)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
Current Vacant N/A N/A N/A
Kowalkiewicz vacated the title when she signed for the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
1 Poland Karolina Kowalkiewicz
def. Marta Chojnoska
KSW 23
Poland Gdansk, Poland
June 8, 2013 1. def. Jasminka Cive at KSW 27 on May 17, 2014 in Gdansk, Poland

Notable fighters[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.kswmma.com/en/index.php?s=kontakt
  2. ^ Leidecker, Tim (2008-09-14). "Euro Light Heavyweight Showdown Ends in Draw". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 2015-04-10. 
  3. ^ Wyman, Patrick. "Sherdog's Top 10: Regional MMA Promotions - No. 2". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 2015-04-10. 
  4. ^ Leidecker, Tim (2008-09-12). "The Polish Pride". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 2015-04-10. 
  5. ^ Leidecker, Tim (2008-09-12). "The Polish Pride". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 2015-04-10. 

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