Mamed Khalidov-Melvin Manhoef Middleweight Matchup Tops KSW 23 Card

By Mike Whitman May 8, 2013



Mamed Khalidov and Melvin Manhoef are once again slated to compete under Poland’s KSW banner.

The middleweights will headline KSW 23, which takes place June 8 at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland. The event, which airs live via online pay-per-view, will also feature a two-round heavyweight co-headliner between former World’s Strongest Man winner Mariusz Pudzianowski and a to-be-named opponent. Additionally, UFC veteran Kendall Grove will take on surging Polish standout Michal Materla for the KSW middleweight title.

The evening’s main card will feature a host of Polish talent, including Aslambek Saidov and Maciej Jewtuszko, who will take on to-be-announced foes at welterweight and lightweight, respectively. Karolina Kowalkiewicz will also square off with Marta Chojnoska in a 121-pound women’s catchweight bout, while Mateusz Zawadzki meets Mateusz Gamrot at lightweight.

Khalidov was initially booked to face Manhoef on Dec. 1 at KSW 21, but Manhoef was forced to withdraw due to injury. Instead, Khalidov faced Grove, submitting the lanky Hawaiian with a second-round Achilles lock. The victory marked the sixth straight win over a UFC veteran for the 32-year-old, who has bested the likes of James Irvin, Matt Lindland and Rodney Wallace during his winning streak.

Manhoef, meanwhile, just competed on April 5, when he dropped a unanimous decision to Brock Larson at One FC 8 in Singapore. The defeat snapped a three-fight winning streak for the knockout artist, who earned wins over Jae Young Kim, Ryo Kawamura and Denis Kang last year.

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