Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki's lightweight title will be on the line in Ireland.
Monday, the preeminent Polish promotion announced that KSW 40 will be headlined by a 155-pound rematch between undefeated champion Mateusz Gamrot and Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Norman Parke. Gamrot and Parke first met this past May at KSW “Colosseum” with Gamrot winning a contentious unanimous decision.
KSW 40 is slated for 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland on Oct. 22. The card will be the company's second event outside of Poland, following October 2015's KSW 32 card in London, England.
The first Gamrot-Parke bout was mired in controversy, even before the controversial scorecards were read. In the second round, Parke claimed Gamrot bit one of his fingers while they were on the ground, while “Gamer” claimed that Parke forced his fingers into his mouth.
“I can't wait to rematch that cheater Gamrot, he knows what he did in the first fight,” Parke said in a press release. “I went to Poland and beat him in front of 58,000 Polish fans, the judges didn't give me the fight but everyone knows who won. I've more Polish fans now than he does. Now it is time for him to come to my land, into my home. I'm going to beat him, get the win I deserved, and walk away as the new KSW lightweight champion.”
Prior to the Gamrot loss, Northern Ireland's Parke bounced back from his UFC release and a 1-3 run, picking up wins over Andrew Fisher and UFC veteran Paul Redmond.
The 30-year-old Gamrot boasts a 13-0 record. The Poznan, Poland native won the KSW lightweight crown in May 2016, defeating Mansour Barnaoui to take the vacant crown. The May win over Parke was “Gamer's” second successful title defense, following Gamrot's second-round heel hook of Renato Gomes Gabriel last October.