Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki has firmed up its second title fight for the promotion's first stadium show.
Poland's preeminent MMA promotion announced Monday that its May 27 “Colosseum” card from the PGE Narodowy Stadium in Warsaw will feature new KSW featherweight champion Marcin Wrzosek defending his title for the first time against slick-grappling Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Kleber Koike Erbst.
The 29-year-old Wrzosek took the promotion's 145-pound title at KSW 37 in December, badly damaging Artur Sowinski's left eye in a bloody battle to force a second-round stoppage. A veteran of the 22th season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” “The Polish Zombie” signed with KSW after his release from the Ultimate Fighting Championship, following a December 2015 split-decision loss to Julian Erosa.
Erbst had a 14-bout winning streak snapped at KSW 33 in December 2015, losing a unanimous verdict to the aforementioned Sowinski for the vacant featherweight title. Since the loss, the Bonsai Jiu-Jitsu rep has won three in a row via submission, most recently choking out Leszek Krakowski at KSW 36 last October to earn his second crack at KSW gold.
Wrzosek-Erbst joins a previously announced KSW heavyweight title bout between champion Fernando Rodrigues Jr. and challenger Marcin Rozalski on the promotion's inaugural stadium show. KSW “Colosseum” is also expected to feature KSW middleweight champion Mamed Khalidov, former “World's Strongest Man” legend Mariusz Pudzianowski and the pro MMA debut of 2012 Olympic bronze medal Greco-Roman wrestler Damian Janikowski.
The event's venue, PGE Narodowy, formerly known as the Warsaw National Stadium, has an official capacity of over 58,000, with the ability to add thousands of seats to the pitch area for non-soccer events.