Make it five title fights for Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki's “Colosseum” card.
Earlier this month, KSW lightweight champion Mateusz Gamrot publicly called out Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Norman Parke for his second promotional title defense. This past Thursday, Parke tweeted out “My part done,” along with a photo of his signed bout agreement. On Sunday, KSW made it official.
My part done https://t.co/OAdrvtEoT6— STORMIN Norman Parke (@norman_parke) March 23, 2017
“Colosseum,” KSW's first stadium event, takes place May 27 at Warsaw's PGE Narodowy Stadium, the home of the Polish national soccer team, which has an approximate seating capacity of 58,415. The promotion has reportedly sold over 30,000 tickets already and hopes to eclipse an attendance figure of 60,000.
The undefeated Gamrot has put together a 12-0 record in his five-year pro career. The 26-year-old Poznan native took a unanimous verdict over France's Mansour Barnaoui at KSW 35 last May to win the vacant KSW 155-pound title. “Gamer” returned just over four months later at KSW 36, leglocking Brazil's Renato Gomes in the second round to notch his first successful title defense.
Parke rose to prominence in 2012, when he won the lightweight leg of “The Ultimate Fighter: Smashes.” The Northern Irish fighter posted a 5-3-1 mark in his Octagon tenure, but was released after his February 2016 decision loss to Rustam Khabilov, his third loss in his last four UFC bouts. After a tune-up win against Andrew Fisher last October, Parke took out fellow UFC vet Paul Redmond at British Association of MMA 28 via majority decision to earn BAMMA's lightweight title in front of a partisan Belfast crowd.
“Colosseum” is headlined by a 181-pound catch-weight bout between KSW middleweight king Mamed Khalidov and welterweight champ Borys Mankowski. In addition to Gamrot-Parke, the event features four other championship bouts: heavyweight champion Fernando Rodrigues Jr. defends his strap against Marcin Rozalski; 205-pound ace Tomasz Narkun risks his title versus Marcin Wojcik; featherweight ace Marcin Wrzosek defends against Kleber Koike Erbst and flyweight prospects Diana Belbita and Ariane Lipski square off to crown the inaugural KSW women's flyweight champ.
Olympic wrestling bronze medalist Damian Janikowski is also scheduled to compete on the bill against a yet-to-be-named opponent.