Mariusz Pudzianowski

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Mariusz Pudzianowski
Mariusz Pudzianowski 5.JPG
Pudzianowski in 2009
BornMariusz Zbigniew Pudzianowski
(1977-02-07) 7 February 1977 (age 46)
Biała Rawska, Poland
Other namesPudzian, Pudzilla
Height6 ft 1 in (185 cm)[1]
Weight116 kg (256 lb)[2] (MMA)
142 kg (313 lb)[1][3] (Strongman)
Super Heavyweight
Reach195 cm (77 in)
Fighting out ofŁódź, Poland
TeamAmerican Top Team (2011–2012)
Berkut WCA Fight Team
TrainerArbi Shamaev
RankGreen belt in Kyokushin kaikan
Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Years active2009–present (MMA)
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout12
By decision5
By knockout4
By submission4
No contests1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
Medal record
Representing  Poland
World's Strongest Man
4th 2000 World's Strongest Man
1st 2002 World's Strongest Man
1st 2003 World's Strongest Man
Disqualified 2004 World's Strongest Man
1st 2005 World's Strongest Man
2nd 2006 World's Strongest Man
1st 2007 World's Strongest Man
1st 2008 World's Strongest Man
2nd 2009 World's Strongest Man
Arnold Strongman Classic
4th 2003 Arnold Strongman Classic
5th 2004 Arnold Strongman Classic
6th 2006 Arnold Strongman Classic
Strongman Super Series
3rd 2002 Hawaii Grand Prix
1st 2003 Hawaii Grand Prix
1st 2003 Dutch Grand Prix
2nd 2003 Canada Grand Prix
2nd 2003 Finland Grand Prix
1st 2003/4 Overall Champion
1st 2004 Moscow Grand Prix
1st 2005 Venice Beach Grand Prix
1st 2005 Moscow Grand Prix
1st 2005 Poland Grand Prix
1st 2005 Mohegan Sun Grand Prix
1st 2005 Overall Champion
1st 2006 Moscow Grand Prix
1st 2006 Poland Grand Prix
1st 2006 Mohegan Sun Grand Prix
1st 2006 Overall Champion
1st 2007 Mohegan Sun Grand Prix
2nd 2007 Venice Beach Super Series
1st 2007 Viking Power Challenge
1st 2007 Overall Champion
2nd 2008 Mohegan Sun Grand Prix
Europe's Strongest Man
1st 2002 Europe's Strongest Man
1st 2003 Europe's Strongest Man
1st 2004 Europe's Strongest Man
1st 2007 Europe's Strongest Man
1st 2008 Europe's Strongest Man
1st 2009 Europe's Strongest Man
World's Strongest Team
3rd 2002 w/Jarek Dymek
1st 2003 w/Jarek Dymek
1st 2004 w/Jarek Dymek
1st 2005 w/Slawomir Toczek
Poland's Strongest Man
1st 2000 Poland's Strongest Man
2nd 2002 Poland's Strongest Man
1st 2003 Poland's Strongest Man
1st 2004 Poland's Strongest Man
1st 2006 Poland's Strongest Man
1st 2007 Poland's Strongest Man
1st 2008 Poland's Strongest Man
1st 2009 Poland's Strongest Man
World Strongman Cup Federation
1st 2006 Overall Champion
1st 2007 Overall Champion
World Muscle Power Championships
2nd 2003 World Muscle Power Championships
World Strongman Challenge
3rd 2002 World Strongman Challenge
1st 2003 World Strongman Challenge
Last updated on: 10 April 2022

Mariusz Zbigniew Pudzianowski (Polish pronunciation: [ˈmarjuʂ pudʑaˈnɔfskʲi]; born 7 February 1977), also known as "Pudzian" and "Dominator", is a Polish entrepreneur, mixed martial artist and former strongman competitor. With 43 international victories at a record 70% winning percentage in his strongman career[4] he is considered by many to be one of the greatest strength athletes of all time.

During his career as a strongman, Pudzianowski won five World's Strongest Man titles, the most in history.[5] He also won two runner-up titles in 2006 and 2009 and made 9 out of 9 appearances into the World's Strongest Man final. He also won the Europe's Strongest Man a record, 6 times. In 2009, Pudzianowski debuted as a mixed martial artist. He is currently ranked #5 in the KSW Heavyweight rankings.[6]

Early years[edit]

Mariusz Pudzianowski was born in Biała Rawska, Poland. His father, Wojciech, was a weightlifter.[7] Pudzianowski quickly became interested in sports. Since the age of 11, he has been training the Kyokushin style of karate.[1] His current grade is 4th kyu green belt.[1][8][9] He began strength training at the age of thirteen.[1] When he was fifteen, Pudzianowski also started training boxing, quitting after seven years.[1][7] Pudzianowski debuted in professional sports at the age of sixteen, taking part in Polish Weightlifting Championship, in the bench press event.[1]


In 2000 and 2001, Pudzianowski spent 19 months in Łowicz prison for assault.[7][10] In an interview, he said he wanted to stop a "local mafia boss",[7][10] and he got accused of assault and stealing his golden chain.[7][10] Pudzianowski was incarcerated in prison in Łowicz.[7] Several years later he arranged a resocialization meeting for the prisoners at the same penal institution.[10]

Strongman career[edit]

Pudzianowski during a strongman competition in 2009.

On 1 May 1999 Pudzianowski entered his first Strongman competition, held in Płock, Poland.[1] He achieved his first major success at the international level at the 2000 World's Strongest Man contest where he finished fourth in his first WSM competition. Due to his prison sentence, he did not return for the 2001 competition.[11]

Pudzianowski returned at the 2002 World's Strongest Man and won his first title. He retained his title at the 2003 World's Strongest Man with an event to spare, winning by the largest margin ever achieved in the competition; across the seven disciplines in the final, he scored a remarkable four first place finishes, two second place finishes and one third place finish, resulting in the points margin between first and second (20) being greater than the margin between second and ninth (18). British strongman Laurence Shahlaei has since called this performance the most dominant victory ever seen at a World's Strongest Man event. In March 2004, he also became the Strongman Super Series World Champion.

He initially finished third in the 2004 World's Strongest Man but was later disqualified for breaching the governing body's Strongman Health Policy.[12] He was forced to return his prize money, stripped of the International Federation of Strength Athletes points from the event, and received a one-year ban from competition. Pudzianowski did not dispute his banned substance violation and waived his right to have his stool sample verified.

In 2005, he made his return to World's Strongest Man event. After a slow start in the final's first two events, after which he found himself 7 points behind the leader in seventh place, he proceeded to dominate the rest of the event with five first place finishes in a row in the final five disciplines, winning the title with an event to spare.

In the 2006 World's Strongest Man contest, despite starting the final well, he eventually came second to Phil Pfister after the American won the final five events in a row. Pudzianowski regained his title in 2007, winning the final with one event to spare for a record-breaking third time. In so doing, he joined Jon Pall Sigmarsson and Magnus Ver Magnusson as the only men to win the competition four times. During the 2007 competition, however, Pudzianowski said that his target was to become the only person to win the event five times, and he returned to the 2008 World's Strongest Man the following year to try and achieve his goal.

Despite a serious calf injury, which he suffered in the Polish Strongman Championship Cup of 2008 and further exacerbated during the WSM qualifying rounds, seriously threatening his chance of even reaching the final, Pudzianowski still managed to win his heat and qualify for the final, but it was clear his dominance of previous years was no longer in effect. Trailing leader Derek Poundstone with two events to go, Pudzianowski managed to win the Plane Pull despite his injured calf to cut the deficit to just 1 point going into the final event. Matched up against Poundstone in the Atlas Stones in a 'winner-take-all' scenario, Pudzianowski managed to beat his American rival by the narrowest of margins to become the first and still only man to win five World's Strongest Man titles.[13]

He competed in the 2009 World's Strongest Man competition the following year which took place in Malta, trying to win a remarkable sixth title in 8 years. He eventually placed second after Žydrūnas Savickas returned to the competition to win the title for the first time. Following the competition, Pudzianowski said in an interview that he would not continue participating in strongman events, because of his career in Mixed Martial Arts, which required totally different training to strongman.[14]

Personal records[edit]

Achievements as a strongman[edit]

Mariusz Pudzianowski

Professional Competitive Record (both international & national) – 1st (58), 2nd (10), 3rd (1) – Out of Total (77)

Professional 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th INJ DNQ Total
Polish 15 1 16
International 43 9 1 3 2 2 1 61
Combined 58 10 1 3 2 2 1 77
Completed contests
Competition Location Outcome Date
Malta World's Strongest Man Valletta, Malta 2nd place 10-03-2009
United States World's Strongest Man Charleston, West Virginia, USA Winner 10-9-2008
Belarus World Strongman Federation Grand Prix Silichy, Belarus Winner 08-03-2008
Poland Poland Cup Poland Winner
Russia World Strongman Federation Grand Prix (Globe's Strongest Man) Russia Winner 2008
Poland Poland vs. The World Poland Winner 2008
United States Mohegan Sun Super Series Grand Prix Uncasville, Connecticut, USA 2nd place 2008-01-19
United States World's Strongest Man Anaheim, California, USA Winner 2007
Norway Svend Karlsens Viking Power Super Series Grand Prix Norway Winner 2007
United States Venice Beach Super Series Grand Prix Venice Beach, California, USA 2nd place 2007
United States Mohegan Sun Super Series Grand Prix Uncasville, Connecticut, USA Winner 2007
Poland European Championship Poland Winner 2007
England World Strongman Cup Grand Prix England Winner 2007
Latvia World Strongman Cup Grand Prix Latvia Winner 2007
China World's Strongest Man Sanya, China 2nd place 2006
Poland Poland Super Series Grand Prix Poland Winner 2006
Russia Moscow Super Series Grand Prix Moscow, Russia Winner 2006
United States Mohegan Sun Super Series Grand Prix Uncasville, Connecticut, USA Winner 2006
Russia World Strongman Cup Grand Prix Russia Winner 2006
Poland World Strongman Cup Grand Prix Poland Winner 2006
Latvia World Strongman Cup Grand Prix Latvia Winner 2006
Belarus World Strongman Cup Grand Prix Belarus Winner 2006
United States Arnold's Strongest Man Columbus, Ohio, USA 6th place 2005
China World's Strongest Man Chengdu, China Winner 2005
Poland Poland vs. The World Poland Winner 2005
United States Mohegan Sun Super Series Grand Prix Uncasville, Connecticut, USA Winner 2005
Sweden Sweden Super Series Grand Prix Sweden Winner 2005
Poland Poland Super Series Grand Prix Poland Winner 2005
United States Venice Beach Super Series Grand Prix Venice Beach, California, USA Winner 2005
Austria World Strongman Cup Grand Prix Austria Winner 2005
United States Arnold's Strongest Man Columbus, Ohio, USA 4th place 2004
The Bahamas World's Strongest Man Nassau, Paradise Island, The Bahamas Disqualified (originally 3rd place) 2004
Poland European Championship Jelenia Góra, Poland Winner 2004
Poland World Team Championship Płock, Poland Winner 2004
Russia Moscow Super Series Grand Prix Moscow, Russia Winner 2004
Poland Polish Cup Poland Winner 2004
Zambia World's Strongest Man Victoria Falls, Zambia Winner 2003
Poland European Championship Sandomierz, Poland Winner 2003
Hungary World Team Championship Hungary Winner 2003
Finland Ylitornio Challenge Finland Winner 2003
Poland World Record Breakers Gdynia, Poland Winner 2003
Poland Polish Cup Poland Winner 2003
United States Arnold's Strongest Man Columbus, Ohio, USA 5th place 2003
Finland Finland Super Series Grand Prix Finland 2nd place 2003
Canada Canada Super Series Grand Prix Canada 2nd place 2003
Netherlands Holland Super Series Grand Prix Holland Winner 2003
United States Hawaii Super Series Grand Prix Hawaii, USA Winner 2003
Malaysia World's Strongest Man Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Winner 2002
United States Hawaii Super Series Grand Prix Hawaii, USA 3rd place 2002
Sweden Sweden Super Series Grand Prix Sweden 5th place 2002
Poland European Championship Gdynia, Poland Winner 2002
Poland Polish Cup Poland 2nd place 2002
Hungary World Team Championship Hungary 3rd place 2002
Republic of Ireland World's Giants Ireland Winner 2002
South Africa World's Strongest Man Sun City, South Africa 4th place 2000
Finland Helsinki Grand Prix Finland 10th place 2000
Hungary World Team Championship Hungary 2nd place 2000
Poland World Cup Grand Prix Poland Winner 2000
China World Team Championship China 3rd place 1999
Poland Polish Cup Poland Winner 1999

Mixed martial arts[edit]

In 2009, Pudzianowski signed a contract with Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki – a Polish mixed martial arts organization – to take part in four fights.[16]

He debuted as a mixed martial arts fighter on 11 December 2009, during the KSW 12 event in Warsaw, Poland, winning against Marcin Najman.[16][17] Pudzianowski started throwing low kicks soon after the fight began. After several hits, Najman fell to the mat and Pudzianowski started delivering punches (a tactic known as ground-and-pound).[17] Najman was forced to tap the mat, indicating he wanted to end the fight, which lasted for only 43 seconds.[16][17] Pudzianowski collected 200,000 zlotys (US$70,000) for the fight.[16]

On 7 May 2010, during the KSW 13 event, Pudzianowski won his second fight, against Yusuke Kawaguchi.[18][19] The fight lasted two full rounds, with Pudzianowski winning by judges' decision. The fight was described as a "sloppy brawl".[19] It was noted Pudzianowski had control over most of the fight, but was "neutralized" by Kawaguchi, and that, by the second round, he was looking "to be out of energy and breathing heavily".[18]

On 21 May 2010, Pudzianowski went on to participate in the Moosin: God of Martial Arts event, where he fought former two time UFC Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia.[20] Pudzianowski fractured his metatarsus during the first round and then went on to deplete his stamina during the rest of the fight, which ultimately led to Sylvia defeating him via submission at 1:43 of round 2.[21]

Following his loss to Sylvia in May, Pudzianowski signed to face former heavyweight boxer and kickboxer Eric Esch, better known as 'Butterbean', at KSW 14 on 18 September.[22] After several brief standup exchanges, Pudzianowski secured a takedown early in the fight and was then able to dominate Esch with ground and pound. Esch, unable to get back to his feet during the attack, tapped out to the strikes, making Pudzianowski the winner by submission at 1:15 of the first round. He came into the fight notably slimmer, having lost around 20 lbs from his previous fight. Many believe his large muscle mass to have caused his stamina problems in his earlier fights.[23]

On 21 May 2011 Pudzianowski fought James Thompson at KSW 16, losing by arm triangle.[24]

In September 2011 Mariusz Pudzianowski started professional training in the well known MMA camp in the USA – American Top Team.

Pudzianowski fought on the KSW 17 event, which was held on 26 November 2011. He faced James Thompson in a rematch.[25] He won the fight via majority decision.[26] This decision caused controversy as Thompson had virtually full control in both rounds, and after the fight Thompson, who was clearly angered by the decision, took the microphone from the announcer and launched a verbal assault directed at the promotion in which he ranted: "Fucking joke. Give Mariusz a big round of applause. Come on. What a fucking joke. I thought KSW was really trying to be serious. If you can watch that back and call that serious, then (looking at the promoter) you're fucked, and KSW is going down the fucking toilet." Two days later the promotion changed the result to a No Contest. During a conference held on 28 November, the ruling was deemed to be a "judge's error" and the fight result was changed.[27]

Mariusz's next opponent was Bob Sapp in a fight took place in Lodz, Poland on KSW 19 on 12 May 2012.[28] Mariusz won via a TKO in the first round, battering Sapp with a barrage of punching and securing a takedown followed with more punches to win just 39 seconds into the fight.[29]

Mariusz then faced Christos Piliafas on 15 September in the main event of KSW 20.[30] Mariusz won via TKO in the first round, after dominating Piliafas on his feet, he then secured a takedown followed by posturing up and raining down some ground and pound to win at 3:48 seconds into the fight.[31]

On 8 June 2013, Pudzianowski fought Sean McCorkle at KSW 23, losing the bout in the first round by kimura submission.[32] Pudzianowski fought McCorkle again in a rematch on 28 September at KSW 24, avenging his loss via unanimous decision. After the second fight, Sean McCorkle expressed interest in a third fight.[33]

On 17 May 2014 at KSW 27, Pudzianowski defeated Oli Thompson via a 2nd round unanimous decision. During the fight, Pudzianowski was able to gain points by controlling the entire fight through landing punches and securing multiple takedowns in both rounds eventually leading to his victory. At the end, Thompson requested a rematch, to which Pudzianowski agreed.[34]

On 6 December 2014, Pudzianowski defeated the olympic veteran Paweł Nastula via unanimous decision on KSW 29's co-main event. It was his third win in a row.[35]

Pudzianowski next fought Rolles Gracie Jr. in KSW 31, on 23 May 2015 in Gdańsk, Poland.[36] He defeated Gracie Jr. via knockout in the 1st round, winning the Knockout of the Night bonus award with the performance.[37]

At KSW 32 on 31 October 2015, Pudzianowski lost to Peter Graham via TKO in the second round.[38]

Then on 27 May 2016 at KSW 35 against Marcin Różalski, he lost also in the second round this time by guillotine choke.[39]

In his next fight in KSW 37 on 3 December 2016 Pudzianowski defeated Paweł Mikołajuw with TKO in the first round.[40]

On 27 May 2017 at KSW 39 Pudzianowski defeated Tyberiusz Kowalczyk via submission to elbow strike in the second round.[41]

Pudzianowski was expected to face James McSweeney at KSW 40 on 22 October 2017.[42] However, after McSweeney was medically cleared, he eventually faced Jay Silva and won by majority decision.[43]

Mariusz faced Karol Bedorf on 9 June 2018 at KSW 44: The Game.[44] He lost the bout via first round kimura.[45]

Mariusz faced Szymon Kołecki in a heavyweight bout at KSW 47 on March 23, 2019.[46] Pudzianowski lost the fight after suffering a leg injury in the first round.[47]

Winning streak[edit]

Next, Pudzian faced former bodybuilder Erko Jun on 9 November 2019 at KSW 51: Croatia.[48] He won the bout via second round TKO.[49]

Pudzianowski was then scheduled to headline KSW 53 against Quentin Domingos on March 21, 2020 before the bout was scrapped due to Pudzianowski's injury.[50]

Pudzianowski was set to return after a fifteen month layoff [51] against the undefeated Senegalese heavyweight Serigne Ousmane at KSW 59: Fight Code on 20 March 2021.[52] However, on the day of the fight, Ousmane Dia suffered an acute appendicitis attack and had to be hospitalized. Stepping in on just a few hours notice was Serbia's Nikola Milanovic.[53] Pudzianowski won the bout via TKO in the first round.[54][55]

Pudzianowski faced KSW 1 tournament winner Łukasz Jurkowski on 5 June 2021 at KSW 63: Crime of The Century.[56] Pudzianowski won the fight via TKO in the 3rd round.[57]

The fight with Serigne Ousmane Dia was then rebooked and took place at KSW 64: Przybysz vs. Santos on 23 October 2021.[58] Pudzianowski won the fight via knockout 18 seconds into round one.[59]

Pudzianowski faced former KSW Middleweight champion Michał Materla at KSW 70: Pudzianowski vs. Materla on 28 May 2022.[60] He won the bout in the first round, knocking out Materla with an uppercut.[61] He was awarded the Knockout of the Night bonus with the win.[62]

Pudzianowski faced former two-division champion Mamed Khalidov at KSW 77: Khalidov vs. Pudzianowski on December 17, 2022.[63] Pudzian's 6-win streak was ended after he tapped to ground and pound in the first round.[64]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
26 matches 17 wins 8 losses
By knockout 12 4
By submission 0 4
By decision 5 0
No contests 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 17–8 (1) Mamed Khalidov TKO (submission to punches) KSW 77: Khalidov vs. Pudzianowski 17 December 2022 1 1:54 Gliwice, Poland
Win 17–7 (1) Michał Materla KO (punch) KSW 70: Pudzianowski vs. Materla 28 May 2022 1 1:47 Łódź, Poland Knockout of the Night.
Win 16–7 (1) Serigne Ousmane Dia KO (punch) KSW 64: Przybysz vs. Santos 23 October 2021 1 0:18 Łódź, Poland
Win 15–7 (1) Łukasz Jurkowski TKO (punches) KSW 61: To Fight or Not To Fight 5 June 2021 3 1:32 Gdańsk, Poland
Win 14–7 (1) Nikola Milanović TKO (punches) KSW 59: Fight Code 20 March 2021 1 1:10 Łódź, Poland
Win 13–7 (1) Erko Jun TKO (punches) KSW 51: Croatia 9 November 2019 2 1:43 Zagreb, Croatia
Loss 12–7 (1) Szymon Kołecki TKO (leg injury) KSW 47: The X-Warriors 23 March 2019 1 4:29 Łódź, Poland
Loss 12–6 (1) Karol Bedorf Submission (kimura) KSW 44: The Game 9 June 2018 1 1:51 Gdańsk, Poland
Win 12–5 (1) Jay Silva Decision (majority) KSW 40: Dublin 22 October 2017 3 5:00 Dublin, Ireland
Win 11–5 (1) Tyberiusz Kowalczyk TKO (submission to punches) KSW 39: Colosseum 27 May 2017 2 2:50 Warsaw, Poland
Win 10–5 (1) Paweł Mikołajuw TKO (punches) KSW 37: Circus of Pain 3 December 2016 1 1:20 Kraków, Poland
Loss 9–5 (1) Marcin Różalski Submission (guillotine choke) KSW 35: Khalidov vs. Karaoglu 27 May 2016 2 1:46 Gdańsk/Sopot, Poland
Loss 9–4 (1) Peter Graham TKO (punches and elbows) KSW 32: Road To Wembley 31 October 2015 2 2:00 London, England
Win 9–3 (1) Rolles Gracie Jr. KO (punch) KSW 31: Materla vs. Drwal 23 May 2015 1 0:27 Gdańsk, Poland Knockout of the Night.
Win 8–3 (1) Paweł Nastula Decision (unanimous) KSW 29: Reload 6 December 2014 3 3:00 Kraków, Poland
Win 7–3 (1) Oli Thompson Decision (unanimous) KSW 27: Cage Time 17 May 2014 2 5:00 Gdańsk, Poland
Win 6–3 (1) Sean McCorkle Decision (unanimous) KSW 24: Clash of the Giants 28 September 2013 2 5:00 Łódź, Poland
Loss 5–3 (1) Sean McCorkle Submission (kimura) KSW 23: Khalidov vs. Manhoef 8 June 2013 1 1:57 Gdańsk, Poland
Win 5–2 (1) Christos Piliafas TKO (punches) KSW 20: Fighting Symphonies 15 September 2012 1 3:48 Gdańsk, Poland
Win 4–2 (1) Bob Sapp TKO (punches) KSW 19: Pudzianowski vs. Sapp 12 May 2012 1 0:39 Łódź, Poland
NC 3–2 (1) James Thompson NC (overturned) KSW 17: Revenge 26 November 2011 2 5:00 Łódź, Poland Overturned due to a judging error.
Loss 3–2 James Thompson Submission (arm-triangle choke) KSW 16: Khalidov vs. Lindland 21 May 2011 2 1:06 Gdańsk, Poland
Win 3–1 Butterbean TKO (submission to punches) KSW 14: Judgment Day 18 September 2010 1 1:15 Łódź, Poland
Loss 2–1 Tim Sylvia TKO (submission to punches) Moosin: God of Martial Arts 21 May 2010 2 1:43 Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
Win 2–0 Yusuke Kawaguchi Decision (unanimous) KSW 13: Kumite 6 May 2010 2 5:00 Katowice, Poland
Win 1–0 Marcin Najman TKO (submission to punches) KSW 12: Pudzianowski vs. Najman 11 December 2009 1 0:43 Warsaw, Poland

Outside professional sports[edit]


On 27 May 2008 Pudzianowski graduated with a master's degree in international relations. His thesis was: "Organizational culture in sports marketing in the world".[65]


In an interview in 2009 Mariusz said that he treats the sport as a hobby. He is not doing it for money, as the money is relatively low in Strongman and MMA (he said that the winner of World's Strongest Man can get US$60,000, and the winner of Grand Prix in the US can get anywhere from US$100,000 to $150,000). He owns a very successful company (a school for bodyguards) as well as real estate. Those are his main sources of money.[66] Pudzianowski also owns a truck cargo company named Pudzianowski Transport.

Musical career[edit]

Pudzianowski often appears as a guest singer in the musical group Pudzian Band, formed by his brother Krystian. Their first single "Zdobyć świat", was released in 2006. In 2009, the group released an album, Dawaj na ring (Go, hit the ring).[67]

Celebrity status[edit]

In 2008, Pudzianowski took part in the 7th season of Dancing with the Stars in his native Poland.[68] He advanced to the final episode, but ultimately finished second, losing to actress Magdalena Walach.[69] Pudzianowski was a contestant in the 1st season of the singing reality show Just the Two of Us in Poland.[70] He was coupled with former Ich Troje singer Anna Wiśniewska.


Pudzianowski is also a keen amateur rugby union player,[71][72] and plays with Blachy Pruszyński Budowlani Łódź.[citation needed]

Strongman diet[edit]

Pudzianowski is liberal with his diet and is often seen eating chocolate, ice cream or burgers.[73][74] On one of the World Strongman events shown on TV, and an interview for MTV, when asked about his diet he said: "I eat everything. I do not follow any particular diet. I eat anything I want, anytime I want".[75]

My energy comes from my diet. Breakfast is 10 eggs and two to three pounds of bacon. Between meals, I eat lots of candy. In the morning, it will be several 3 Musketeers and/or Snickers bars; I need them for energy. Lunch, at 1 or 2 PM, is a double meal of a Polish pork chop, sauerkraut and potatoes. An hour later, I work out, then take lots of supplements: magnesium, creatine,[sic] amino acids, all that stuff, and more chocolate. Dinner is whatever meat I can grab—steaks, pork chops, bacon—plus more sauerkraut and potatoes. At 9 or 10 PM, I work out again. Afterward, I have a protein shake and more chocolate. At 3 or 4 AM, I wake up and have more chocolate, then go back to sleep until morning.[citation needed]

He said for MTV that he prefers Polish cuisine. When he has some time he often cooks himself, as he does not particularly fancy meals from restaurants. He often eats bigos, Polish soups, Polish sausages and typical Polish dinners with cooked potatoes, 200–300 g of meat and some salads (usually cucumber salad).[75]

In an interview at the beginning of his world strongman career he said that his supplements, training, massages, etc. costs him approximately 6000 złoty (ca. U.S. $2,000) per month.[76]


  • "Dominator" – an energy drink using Pudzianowski's profile is being distributed in Poland.
  • Mariusz appeared in a Met-rx commercial which aired during the U.S. broadcast of the 2007 World's Strongest Man contest.

See also[edit]


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    The most wins of the World’s Strongest Man competition is five by Mariusz Pudzianowski
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