December 3, 1989
|Other names||Zyrafa ("Giraffe")|
|Height||6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Stargard Szczeciński, Poland|
|Rank||Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Piotr Bagiński|
|Years active||2009-2011, 2013-present|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Tomasz "Giraffe" Narkun (born December 3, 1989) is a Polish mixed martial artist currently competing for KSW. A professional MMA competitor since 2009, he is the current KSW Light Heavyweight Champion and has also competed for M-1 Global, where he is the former Light Heavyweight Champion.
Weighing in at around 205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st), Narkun is considered small by North American standards for light heavyweights. He has, however, earned respect for his tactical and defensive capabilities. Gegard "Dreamcatcher" Mousasi, a regular training partner of Narkun, has said of Narkun: "Tactically and technically he has reached a very high level". Mousasi has also stated his belief that Narkun "is the future light heavyweight champion".
Narkun made his professional MMA debut in 2009, winning via armbar submission in the first round.
In 2010 Narkun appeared for M-1 Global at their Western Europe Selections Light Heavyweight Tournament in 2010. Narkun won his first two bouts with relative ease; submitting each opponent within a minute of the first round. In the Tournament Final in July, Narkun faced Georgian David Tkeshelashvili, winning again via first-round submission. This also awarded Narkun the M-1 Global Light Heavyweight Championship belt.
Narkun next faced Vyacheslav Vasilevsky in his first title defense on December 10, 2010. Narkun was handed his first professional loss via second-round TKO after Narkun's corner threw in the towel.
At the weigh-ins for M-1 Challenge 28 in Russia, for his fight against Saparbek Safarov, both fighters ended up slapping each other. At first it appeared to be a joke, but when Safarov threw a right hook at Narkun, M-1 officials intervened. Safarov was disqualified from the event.
Narkun fought only once in 2011; winning via first-round submission; this would be his last fight under the M-1 Global banner. After not returning to the cage until 2013, Narkun won his next three fights via submission before signing with KSW in his native Poland.
Narkun made his promotional debut against Brazilian veteran Charles Andrade at KSW 27 on May 17, 2014. He won via kneebar submission in the first round.
Narkun returned to face Croatian Goran Reljic at KSW 29. Narkun was defeated via majority decision. In 2015, Narkun defeated Karol Celinski via first-round rear-naked choke before being given a rematch with Reljic, who had since defeated Attila Veigh to become KSW Light Heavyweight Champion, at KSW 32. Narkun won via first-round knockout, becoming the KSW Light Heavyweight Champion.
After defeating Reljic in their rematch for the belt, Narkun had his first title defense against Brazilian Cassio "Jacare" de Oliveira at KSW 34 in early 2016, and then defeated Sokoudjou for his second defense in October of that year. For his third defense, Narkun defeated Marcin Wojicik via triangle choke with just a second left in the first round at KSW 39: Colosseum.
At KSW 42, Narkun prepared for a non-title bout against Mamed Khalidov, the former KSW Middleweight Champion. The pair met at a Catchweight of 203 lbs. After getting knocked down twice in the first round, Narkun was able to regroup, he won via triangle choke submission in the third round; breaking Khalidov's 15-fight unbeaten streak. The pair met again at KSW 46 on December 1, 2018. Narkun won again, this time via unanimous decision after three rounds.
Narkun next challenged KSW Heavyweight Champion and former UFC veteran Phil De Fries for his title at KSW 47: The X-Warriors on March 23, 2019. Narkun lost via unanimous decision.
Narkun next defended his Light Heavyweight Championship at KSW 50: London against Przemysław Mysiala, winning via guillotine choke submission in the first round.
Championships and accomplishments
- Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki
- KSW Light Heavyweight Championship (One time; current)
- Three Successful Title Defenses
- Fight of the Night (One times) vs. Mamed Khalidov (KSW 46)
- Submission of the Night (One times) vs. Przemyslaw Mysiala (KSW 50)
- European MMA
- EUMMA Light Heavyweight Championship (One time)
- M-1 Global
- 2010 M-1 Global Western Europe Selection Tournament Winner
- Super League of MMA
- Fight of the Night (One time)
- Submission of the Night (One time)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|20 matches||17 wins||3 losses|
|Win||17-3||Przemysław Mysiala||Submission (guillotine choke)||KSW 50: London||September 14, 2019||1||4:03||London, England||Defended the KSW Light Heavyweight Championship|
|Loss||16-3||Phil De Fries||Decision (unanimous)||KSW 47: The X-Warriors||March 23, 2019||5||5:00||Łódź, Poland||For the KSW Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||16–2||Mamed Khalidov||Decision (unanimous)||KSW 46: Khalidov vs. Narkun 2||December 1, 2018||3||5:00||Gliwice, Poland|
|Win||15–2||Mamed Khalidov||Submission (triangle choke)||KSW 42: Khalidov vs. Narkun||March 3, 2018||3||1:18||Łódź, Poland|
|Win||14–2||Marcin Wójcik||Submission (triangle choke)||KSW 39: Colosseum||May 27, 2017||1||4:59||Warsaw, Poland||Defended the KSW Light Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||13–2||Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou||TKO (punches)||KSW 36: Materla vs. Palhares||October 1, 2016||1||4:38||Zielona Gora, Poland||Defended the KSW Light Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||12–2||Cassio Barbosa de Oliveira||TKO (knee and punches)||KSW 34: New Order||March 5, 2016||1||1:46||Warsaw, Poland||Defended the KSW Light Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||11–2||Goran Reljic||KO (punches)||KSW 32: Road to Wembley||October 31, 2015||1||1:55||London, England||Won the KSW Light Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||10-2||Karol Celinski||Submission (rear-naked choke)||KSW 31: Materla vs. Drwal||May 23, 2015||1||2:17||Gdańsk, Poland|
|Loss||9–2||Goran Reljic||Decision (majority)||KSW 29: Reload||Dec 6, 2014||3||5:00||Kraków, Poland|
|Win||9–1||Charles Andrade||Submission (kneebar)||KSW 27: Cage Time||May 17, 2014||1||1:02||Gdańsk, Poland|
|Win||8–1||Simon Carlsen||Submission (armbar)||EMMA 7: European MMA 7||November 7, 2013||2||3:30||Aarhus, Denmark||Won the EMMA Light Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||7–1||Michal Gutowski||Submission (rear-naked choke)||XCage: Extreme Cage 5||May 17, 2013||2||3:30||Toruń, Poland|
|Win||6–1||Rafal Zawidzki||Submission (guillotine choke)||Super League Mixed Martial Arts||April 18, 2013||1||3:45||Warsaw, Poland||Fight of the Night and Submission of the Night.|
|Win||5–1||Shamil Tinagadjiev||Submission (triangle choke)||M-1 Challenge 23: Guram vs. Grishin||March 5, 2011||1||3:33||Moscow, Russia|
|Loss||4–1||Vyacheslav Vasilevsky||TKO (retirement)||M-1 Challenge 22: Narkun vs. Vasilevsky||December 10, 2010||2||2:20||Moscow, Russia||Lost the M-1 Global Light Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||4–0||David Tkeshelashvili||Submission (rear-naked choke)||M-1 Selection 2010: Eastern Europe Finals||July 22, 2010||1||1:50||Moscow, Russia||2010 M-1 Western Europe Light Heavyweight Selection Final.|
|Win||3–0||Timo Karttunen||Submission (triangle/armbar)||M-1 Selection 2010: Western Europe Round 3||May 29, 2010||1||0:49||Helsinki, Finland|
|Win||2–0||Olutobi Ayodeji Kalejaiye||Submission (rear-naked choke)||M-1 Selection 2010: Western Europe Round 2||March 27, 2010||1||0:52||Weesp, Netherlands|
|Win||1–0||Daniel Biskupic||Submission (armbar)||FCB 14: Fight Club Berlin 14||November 15, 2009||1||N/A||Berlin, Germany|
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