Every Wednesday, Administrative Editor Jordan Breen welcomes a member of the mixed martial arts media into “Press Row” on the Sherdog.com blog. This week, Breen is joined by Sherdog.com contributor and MMARocks.pl editor Tomasz Marciniak.
Breen and Marciniak take a look at the current state and role that “freakshow” fights play in the international MMA landscape, keying in on forthcoming bouts between notorious Polish kickboxer Marcin Najman and viral video sensation-slash-bodybuilder Robert Burneika at MMA Attack 2, as well as former “World’s Strongest Man” Mariusz Pudianowski’s scheduled bout with Bob Sapp at KSW 19. The two discuss these two particular bouts, their reception in Poland, why exactly Poland seems to revel in “freakshows” and what it means for its MMA community.
The two also discuss the role and potential upsides of this kind of matchmaking in emerging MMA markets, Bob Sapp’s retirement tour, Robert Burneika’s positively bizarre backstory, Indonesian MMA and even the infamous Andrei Arlovski-Justin Eilers headliner at UFC 53.
Grab your credential and get a seat in “Press Row.”
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