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KSW 44 Results: Big Men, Michal Materla Win Big on Stoppage-Filled Bill

If KSW 44 reminded us of anything, it’s that fighters don’t get paid by the hour.

All but one Saturday’s nine bouts in Gdansk, Poland avoided the scorecards. In a featured heavyweight bout, former champion Karol Bedorf submitted Mariusz Pudzianowski less than two minutes into their headlining clash.

The 34-year-old Bedorf rode an ill-advised takedown from the ex-strongman Pudzianowski to gain top position. From there, Bedorf cranked the bejeezus out of Pudzianowski’s left arm with a kimura. The gruesome submission promptly earned Bedorf the tap at the 1:51 mark and got him back in the win column.

The 41-year-old Pudzianowski was seen favouring his shoulder immediately after his surrender– one that halted a three-fight win streak.

In a heavyweight tilt between a bodybuilder and actor (we sh*t y’all not), MMA debutant Erko Jun recovered from an early knockdown to crush a charging Tomasz Oswiecinski with a right hook for the KO. The stoppage came just 2:26 into the first round.

Prior to the bout between Jun and Oswiecinski, fan-favorite Michal Materla pounded out Martin Zawada to win the 198-pound catchweight co-main event. The ex-middleweight champion couldn’t secure a finish from full mount in Round 1, but transitioned to a crucifix position after scoring a takedown in the second. Then he proceeded to rain down unanswered leather on the trapped German’s dome until the referee stepped in for the save.

Materla rebounded from a brutal first-round knockout suffered at Scott Askham’s hands at KSW 42 with his 17th victory under the Polish promotion’s banner.

A chest injury recently sustained by Marcin Wrzosek kept Kleber Koike Erbst from vying for the vacant featherweight crown on Saturday. Instead, the ex-champ took out his frustration on Marian Zolkowski, peppering the late fill-in with elbows before slapping on the nastiest of armbars. The victory signified his 20th submission victory over 24 professional wins.

In the sole bout to go the distance, Daniel Torres and Filip Wolanski regaled the Polish faithful with a three-round exchange of leather and shinbone. When all was said and done, it was the foreign invader who got his hand raised. Brazil’s Torres swayed two of three judges, but Wolanski’s defeat wasn’t nearly as bitter as Paul Redmond’s.

Redmond, soundly outboxed Gracjan Szadzinski and nearly relieved him of a foot in Round 1 of their lightweight bout. Redmond’s efforts were for not however, as he was banished to the shadow realm by brutal hammerfists in the second.

Making a statement in his first walk to the KSW cage was UFC alumni Wagner Prado. Up until Saturday, the Brazilian was best remembered for being poked in the eye and submitted in a pair of 2012 dates with Phil Davis.

Silva boldly announced his arrival in the second round of his light heavyweight matchup with SBG Ireland’s Chris Fields, dumping him to the canvas before uncorking ground-and-pound for a TKO victory just over two minutes in.

All but one of Prado’s 14 career wins have come by way of knockout, while Fields has been put away in each of his eight losses (including one by DQ).


See the full results from Saturday’s action below:

Heavyweight: Karol Bedorf (15-3) def. Mariusz Pudzianowski (12-6) via submission (kimura) at 1:51 of Round 1
Catchweight (198 lbs.): Michal Materla (26-6) def. Martin Zawada (28-15-1) via TKO at 2:59 of Round 2
Heavyweight: Erko Jun (1-0) def. Tomasz Oswiecinski (1-1) via KO at 2:26 of Round 1
Catchweight (150 lbs.): Kleber Koike Erbst (24-4) def. Marian Ziolkowski (19-7) via submission (armbar) at 3:44 of Round 1
Featherweight: Daniel Torres (7-3) def. Filip Wolanski (11-3) via split decision
Lightweight: Gracjan Szadzinski (8-2) def. Paul Redmond (14-7) via KO at 1:36 of Round 2
Light Heavyweight: Wagner Prado (14-3) def. Chris Fields (12-8-1) via TKO at 2:17 of Round 2
Featherweight: Lukasz Rajewski (8-3) def. Leo Zulic (8-3) via submission (heel hook) at 1:48 of Round 1
Bantamweight: Sebastian Przybysz (4-1) def. Dawid Gralka (6-2) via KO at 1:41 of Round 1

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