KSW 47 from Łódź, Poland, 24th March, 2019
The heavyweight title was on the line at KSW 47 in Łódź, Poland and it was Englishman Phil De Fries who dominated the championship bout against the tough-chinned light heavyweight champion Tomasz Narkun, taking the unanimous decision (50-45, 50-44, 50-44) and defending his KSW heavyweight belt.
In an action-packed night of fights, there were also wins for Szymon Kolecki, Northern Irishman Norman Parke, Serbian Alexander Ilic, Marcin Wrzosek, Karolina Owczarz and, in his first bout for KSW, Japanese legend and Olympic Judo champion Satoshi Ishii.
Good night for the UK contingent
Former UFC and Bellator fighter De Fries (17-6-0) extended his unbeaten record in KSW to 3-0 with a dominant display against a spirited Tomasz Narkun (16-3-0) who was ultimately unable to deal with the constant pressure applied by De Fries over five rounds. Narkun took a lot of damage, especially in rounds one and two, and it was to his great credit that he lasted the full 25 minutes. De Fries exerted an enormous amount of pressure on the ground from the top position and landed several big blows to Narkun’s chin. De Fries’ dominance was reflected in the judge’s scorecards, which showed a unanimous victory for the Brit (50-45, 50-44, 50-44).
Phil De Fries wasn’t the only Brit on the card at KSW 47, as UFC veteran and Northern Irishman ‘Stormin” Norman Parke (26-6-1) took on Borys Mankowski (19-8-1) in a welterweight clash that ebbed and flowed from the start. Parke was given a shock in the first round as Mankowski took the it through effort and volume of strikes. Parke, bloodied from the early onslaught, fought back to take rounds two and three and win via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
Disappointment for Pudzianowski
One of Polish sport’s legends was on the card at KSW 47, though his night was to end in disappointment. Mariusz Pudzianowski (12-7-0), a five-time champion in World’s Strongest Man faced off against Olympic weightlifting champion Szymon Kolecki (7-1-0) in a heavyweight bout dubbed “the strongest MMA fight in history.” This interesting contest was ended early, as, after being taken down towards the end of the first round, Pudzianowski tapped due to a leg injury. Pudzianowski was left on the mat in agony after Kolecki has celebrated his win and left the cage.
Ilic delivers KO blow in fight of the night
Aleksandar Ilic (11-2-0) made his KSW bow in the most exciting fight of a really entertaining card at KSW 47 against wrestling sensation and Olympic bronze medallist Damian Janikowski. Janikowski dominated the middleweight fight from the get-go, treating Ilic like a rag-doll as he landed takedown after takedown, as well as a couple of absolutely spectacular suplexes. After Janikowski clearly won rounds one and two, Ilic was left needing something special to win the fight, and he delivered in stunning style. As Janikowski looked for yet another takedown, Ilic landed a left-footed question mark kick that sent Janikowski to the canvass and resulted in a stunning KO victory.
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Japanese legend Ishii wins in turgid affair
Dream, RIZIN and Bellator veteran and Olympic judo gold medallist Satoshi Ishii (20-8-1) began his multi-fight KSW stint with a heavyweight battle against former KSW champion Fernando Rodrigues (12-5-0) in a largely uneventful match. Ishii suffered a broken nose very early on in the fight and had to battle through the pain. Both fighters seemed to exhaust their fuel tanks quite early on and they laboured to the finish amidst slow takedown attempts and loose striking. In the end Ishii was awarded a split decision victory (30-27, 29-28, 28-29).
Results in full
Phil De Fries def. Tomasz Narkun via unanimous decision (50-44, 50-44, 50-45).
Szymon Kołecki def. Mariusz Pudzianowski via TKO (injury) – Round 1, 4:24.
Norman Parke def. Borys Mankowski via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
Satoshi Ishii def. Fernando Rodrigues via split decision (30-27, 29-28, 28-29).
Aleksandar Ilic def. Damian Janikowski via knockout (kick) – Round 3, 0:23.
Marcin Wrzosek def. Krzysztof Klaczek via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-25).
Karolina Owczarz def. Marta Chojnoska via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29).
Maciej Kazieczko def. Bartlomej Kopera via majority decision (30-26, 29-28, 28-28).
Pawel Politylo vs. Dawid Gralka via TKO – Round 2, 3:52