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Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki

MMA promoter based in Poland

Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki
TypePrivate
IndustryMixed martial arts promotion
Founded2004; 17 years ago (2004)
FounderMartin Lewandowski
Maciej Kawulski
Headquarters,
Websitehttp://www.konfrontacja.com

Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki (English: Martial Arts Confrontation) better known by its initials KSW, is widely considered to be the premiere mixed martial arts organization in Poland[1] and one of the leading in Europe.

Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki Intro articles: 3

History

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.

The KSW ring announcer is Waldemar Kasta, a former rapper born in Wrocław.

Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki History articles: 9

Roster

List of KSW events

No. Event Date Venue Location
66 KSW 60 April 24, 2021 Wytwórnia Club Łódź, Poland
65 KSW 59: Fight Code March 20, 2021 Wytwórnia Club Łódź, Poland
64 KSW 58: Parnasse vs. Torres January 30, 2021 Wytwórnia Club Łódź, Poland
63 KSW 57: De Fries vs. Kita December 19, 2020 Wytwórnia Club Łódź, Poland
62 KSW 56: Materla vs. Soldić November 14, 2020 Wytwórnia Club Łódź, Poland
61 KSW 55: Askham vs. Khalidov 2 October 10, 2020 Wytwórnia Club Łódź, Poland
60 KSW 54: Gamrot vs. Ziółkowski August 29, 2020 Global EXPO Warsaw, Poland
59 KSW 53: Reborn July 11, 2020 Undisclosed Studio Warsaw, Poland
58 KSW 52: Race December 7, 2019 Gliwice Arena Gliwice, Poland
57 KSW 51: Croatia November 9, 2019 Arena Zagreb Zagreb, Croatia
56 KSW 50: London September 14, 2019 Wembley Arena London, England
55 KSW 49: Soldić vs. Kaszubowski May 18, 2019 Ergo Arena Gdańsk, Poland
54 KSW 48: Szymański vs. Parnasse April 27, 2019 Globus Hall Lublin, Poland
53 KSW 47: The X-Warriors March 23, 2019 Atlas Arena Łódź, Poland
52 KSW 46: Narkun vs. Khalidov 2 December 1, 2018 Gliwice Arena Gliwice, Poland
51 KSW 45: The Return to Wembley October 6, 2018 Wembley Arena London, England
50 KSW 44: The Game June 9, 2018 Ergo Arena Gdańsk, Poland
49 KSW 43: Soldić vs. Du Plessis April 14, 2018 Centennial Hall Wrocław, Poland
48 KSW 42: Khalidov vs. Narkun March 3, 2018 Atlas Arena Łódź, Poland
47 KSW 41: Mankowski vs. Soldić December 23, 2017 Spodek Katowice, Poland
46 KSW 40: Dublin October 22, 2017 3Arena Dublin, Ireland
45 KSW 39: Colosseum May 27, 2017 The PGE Narodowy Warsaw, Poland
44 KSW 38: Live in Studio April 7, 2017 Studio Apricor Sękocin Nowy, Poland
43 KSW 37: Circus of Pain December 3, 2016 Tauron Arena Kraków, Poland
42 KSW 36: Trzy Korony October 1, 2016 Hala CRS Zielona Góra, Poland
41 KSW 35: Khalidov vs. Karaoglu May 27, 2016 Ergo Arena Gdańsk, Poland
40 KSW 34: New Order March 5, 2016 Hala Torwar Warsaw, Poland
39 KSW 33: Khalidov vs. Materla November 28, 2015 Tauron Arena Kraków, Poland
38 KSW 32: Road to Wembley October 31, 2015 Wembley Arena London, England
37 KSW 31: Materla vs. Drwal May 23, 2015 Ergo Arena Gdańsk, Poland
36 KSW 30: Genesis February 21, 2015 HWS Arena Poznań, Poland
35 KSW 29: Reload December 6, 2014 Kraków Arena Kraków, Poland
34 KSW 28: Fighters Den October 4, 2014 Hala Widowiskowo-Sportowa Szczecin, Poland
33 KSW 27: Cage Time May 17, 2014 Ergo Arena Gdańsk, Poland
32 KSW 26: Materla vs. Silva 3 March 22, 2014 Hala Torwar Warsaw, Poland
31 KSW 25: Khalidov vs. Sakurai December 8, 2013 Wrocław Centennial Hall Wrocław, Poland
30 KSW 24: Clash of the Giants September 28, 2013 Atlas Arena Łódź, Poland
29 KSW 23: Khalidov vs. Manhoef June 8, 2013 Ergo Arena Gdańsk, Poland
28 KSW 22: Pride Time March 16, 2013 Hala Torwar Warsaw, Poland
27 KSW 21: Ultimate Explanation December 1, 2012 Hala Torwar Warsaw, Poland
26 KSW 20: Fighting Symphonies September 15, 2012 Ergo Arena Gdańsk, Poland
25 KSW 19: Pudzianowski vs. Sapp May 12, 2012 Atlas Arena Łódź, Poland
24 KSW 18: Unfinished Sympathy February 25, 2012 Orlen Arena Plock, Poland
23 KSW 17: Revenge November 26, 2011 Atlas Arena Łódź, Poland
22 KSW 16: Khalidov vs. Lindland May 21, 2011 Ergo Arena Gdańsk, Poland
21 KSW 15: Contemporary Gladiators March 19, 2011 Hala Torwar Warsaw, Poland
20 KSW Extra 2 January 29, 2011 Hala MOSiR Ełk, Poland
19 KSW Fight Club October 9, 2010 Ryn Castle Ryn, Poland
18 KSW 14: Judgment Day September 18, 2010 Atlas Arena Łódź, Poland
17 KSW 13: Kumite May 7, 2010 Spodek Katowice, Poland
16 KSW Elimination 3 April 1, 2010 CWKS Legia Boxing Club Warsaw, Poland
15 KSW 12: Pudzianowski vs. Najman December 11, 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 2 March 29, 2008 Hala Stulecia Wrocław, Poland
9 KSW VIII: Konfrontacja November 10, 2007 Hala Torwar Warsaw, Poland
8 KSW Elimination 1 September 15, 2007 Hala Orbita Wrocław, 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

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Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki Roster articles: 16

Current Champions

Men's Divisions

Division Upper weight limit Champion Since Title Defenses
Heavyweight 120 kg (264.6 lb; 18.9 st) Phil De Fries April 14, 2018 (KSW 43) 4
Light Heavyweight 93 kg (205.0 lb; 14.6 st) Tomasz Narkun October 31, 2015 (KSW 32) 5
Middleweight 84 kg (185.2 lb; 13.2 st) Mamed Khalidov October 10, 2020 (KSW 55) 0
Welterweight 77 kg (169.8 lb; 12.1 st) Roberto Soldić October 6, 2018 (KSW 45) 1
Lightweight 70 kg (154.3 lb; 11.0 st) Marian Ziółkowski December 19, 2020 (KSW 57) 0
Featherweight 66 kg (145.5 lb; 10.4 st) Daniel Torres January 30, 2021 (KSW 58) 0
Bantamweight 61 kg (134.5 lb; 9.6 st) Sebastian Przybysz March 20, 2021 (KSW 59) 0

Women's Divisions

Division Upper weight limit Champion Since Title Defenses
Flyweight 55 kg (121.3 lb; 8.7 st) Vacant September 23, 2018
Strawweight 50 kg (110.2 lb; 7.9 st) Vacant September 21, 2015

Championship history

Heavyweight Championship

120 kg (264.6 lb; 18.9 st)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
Current Phil De Fries
def. Michal Andryszak
KSW 43
Wrocław, Poland
April 14, 2018

1. def. Karol Bedorf at KSW 45 on Oct 6, 2018 in London, England
2. def. Tomasz Narkun at KSW 47 on Mar 23, 2019 in Łódź, Poland
3. def. Luis Henrique at KSW 50 on September 14, 2019 in London, England
4. def. Michał Kita at KSW 57 on December 19, 2020 in Łódź, Poland

Title vacated after Rozalski announced his return to kickboxing.[4]
3 Marcin Rozalski KSW 39
Warsaw, Poland
May 27, 2017
2 Fernando Rodrigues Jr. KSW 37
Kraków, Poland
December 3, 2016
1 Karol Bedorf
def. Pawel Nastula
KSW 24
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 Kraków, Poland
3. def. James McSweeney at KSW 34 on March 5, 2016 in Warsaw, Poland

Light Heavyweight Championship

95 kg (209.4 lb; 15.0 st)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
Current Tomasz Narkun KSW 32
London, England
October 31, 2015

1. def. Cassio Barbosa de Oliveira at KSW 34 on March 5, 2016 in Warsaw, Poland
2. def. Rameau Thierry 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. def. Przemyslaw Mysiala at KSW 50 on September 14, 2019 in London, England
5. def. Ivan Erslan at KSW 56 on November 14, 2020 in Łódź, Poland

4 Goran Reljić
def. Attila Végh
KSW 31
Gdańsk, Poland
May 23, 2015
Title vacated after Błachowicz left KSW for UFC.[5]
3 Jan Błachowicz KSW 17
Łódź, Poland
November 26, 2011

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

2 Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou
def. Jan Błachowicz
KSW 15
Warsaw, Poland
March 19, 2011
Title vacated after Khalidov moved down to middleweight.
1 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

Middleweight Championship

85 kg (187.4 lb; 13.4 st)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
Current Mamed Khalidov
KSW 55
Łódź, Poland
October 10, 2020
4 Scott Askham
def. Michał Materla
KSW 49
Sopot, Poland
May 18, 2019
Khalidov vacated the title in order to pursue a rematch against KSW Light Heavyweight champion Tomasz Narkun[6]
3 Mamed Khalidov
KSW 33
Kraków, Poland
November 28, 2015

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

2 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 Gdańsk, 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 Gdańsk, Poland

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

Welterweight Championship

75 kg (165.3 lb; 11.8 st)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
Current Roberto Soldić (2) KSW 45
London, England
October 6, 2018 1. def. Krystian Kaszubowski at KSW 49 on May 18, 2019 in Sopot, Poland
4 Dricus du Plessis KSW 43
Gdańsk, Poland
April 14, 2018
3 Roberto Soldić KSW 41
Katowice, Poland
December 23, 2017
2 Borys Mańkowski KSW 27
Gdańsk, Poland
May 17, 2014

1. def. David Zawada at KSW 29 on Dec 6, 2014 in Kraków, Poland
2. def. Mohsen Bahari at KSW 30 on Feb. 21, 2015 in Poznań, Poland
3. def. Jesse Taylor at KSW 32 on Oct. 31, 2015 in London, England
4. def. John Maguire at KSW 37 on Dec. 3, 2016 in Kraków, Poland

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

Lightweight Championship

70 kg (154.3 lb; 11.0 st)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
Current Marian Ziółkowski
def. Roman Szymański
KSW 57
Łódź, Poland
December 19, 2020
Gamrot vacated the title when she signed for the Ultimate Fighting Championship.[7]
Originally scheduled as a title unification bout, Mateusz Gamrot defeated interim champion Norman Parke on July 11, 2020 in a non-title bout due to Parke missing weight. Interim title was vacated at this time.
Interim Norman Parke
def. Marcin Wrzosek
KSW 50
London, England
September 14, 2019
2 Mateusz Gamrot
def. Mansour Barnaoui
KSW 35
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 Łódź, Poland
4. def. Marian Ziółkowski at KSW 54 on August 29, 2020 in Warsaw, 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 Maciej Jewtuszko
def. Artur Sowiński
KSW 21
Warsaw, Poland
December 1, 2012

Featherweight Championship

65 kg (143.3 lb; 10.2 st)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
Current Daniel Torres KSW 58
Łódź, Poland
January 30, 2021
5 Salahdine Parnasse
promoted to undisputed champion
KSW 48
Lublin, Poland
April 27, 2019
Gamrot vacated the title when he signed for the Ultimate Fighting Championship[7] .The interim champion Salahdine Parnasse becaome the new champion.[8]
Interim Salahdine Parnasse
def. Roman Szymanski
KSW 48
Lublin, Poland
April 27, 2019 1. def. Ivan Buchinger at KSW 52 on December 7, 2019 in Gliwice, Poland
4 Mateusz Gamrot
def. Kleber Koike Erbst
KSW 46
Gliwice, Poland
December 1, 2018
Kleber Koike Erbst stripped of the title due to missed weight[9]
3 Kleber Koike Erbst KSW 39
Warsaw, Poland
May 27, 2017
2 Marcin Wrzosek KSW 37
Kraków, Poland
December 3, 2016
1 Artur Sowiński
def. Kleber Koike Erbst
KSW 33
Kraków, Poland
November 28, 2015 1. def. Fabiano Silva da Conceicao at KSW 34 on March 5, 2016 in Warsaw, Poland

Bantamweight Championship

60 kg (132.3 lb; 9.4 st)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
Current Sebastian Przybysz KSW 59
Łódź, Poland
March 20, 2021
1 Antun Račić
def. Damian Stasiak
KSW 51
Zagreb, Croatia
November 9, 2019 1. def. Bruno dos Santos at KSW 57 on December 19, 2020 in Łódź, Poland

Women's Flyweight Championship

55 kg (121.3 lb; 8.7 st)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
Lipski vacated the title when she signed for the Ultimate Fighting Championship.[10]
1 Ariane Lipski
def. Diana Belbita
KSW 39
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 Łódź, Poland

Women's Strawweight Championship

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

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KSW Fighters

Notable fighters

References

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  5. ^ Nowosielski, Tomasz. "Goran Reljic kontra Attila Vegh o pas mistrza KSW w wadze półciężkiej na gali KSW 31 w Trójmieście". mmarocks.pl. Retrieved 29 January 2021.
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  7. ^ a b Bricker, Matt. "Mateusz Gamrot Signs With UFC; Debut Set". mmasucka.com. Retrieved 29 January 2021.
  8. ^ "Promu champion, Salahdine Parnasse défendra sa ceinture le 30 janvier !". lasueur.com. Retrieved 29 January 2021.
  9. ^ Edwards, Jim. "KSW Strip Featherweight Champion Of Title After Missing Weight At KSW 41". mmanytt.com. Retrieved 29 January 2021.
  10. ^ Stachura, Bartłomiej. "„KSW miało pierwszeństwo w negocjacjach, ale…" – Ariane Lipski o opuszczeniu KSW i celach w UFC". lowking.pl. Retrieved 29 January 2021.

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