Fight Facts: KSW 46

By Jay Pettry Dec 4, 2018

Fight Facts is a breakdown of all of the interesting information and cage curiosities on every card, with some puns, references and portmanteaus to keep things fun. These deep stat dives delve into the numbers, providing historical context and telling the stories behind those numbers.

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Visiting the city of Gliwice, Poland, for the first time, Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki on Saturday brought with it KSW 46 “Narkun vs. Khalidov 2” -- a card featuring the first double champion in KSW history, a pair of crushing one-punch knockouts and a trio of fighters who stayed undefeated.

KONFRONTACJACKSON 5: KSW held its fifth event of 2018 with KSW 46, the most for any year in organizational history. Each of the previous eight years had featured exactly four events.

IT IS DECIDED: KSW 46 featured seven decisions, tying it with KSW 35 in 2016 for the most all-time. Also of note: KSW 29 in 2014 featured six decisions and one draw.

UNANIMOUSLY UNANIMOUS: As all seven decisions at this event were scored unanimously, KSW 46 had the highest number of bouts with all three judges in agreement in promotional history.

AND ALL THAT COULD HAVE BEEN: Regarded as one of the best fighters to never compete inside the UFC, Mamed Khalidov retired after losing a close decision to Tomasz Narkun. The winningest fighter in KSW history with 18 victories -- he shares that honor with Michal Materla -- Khalidov has also fought for KSW more times than any fighter other than with Materla. In addition, he stands as the all-time leading bonus winner, having earned eight post-fight bonuses in KSW.

GOT HIS NUMBER: Across 22 fights, the only fighter to ever defeat Khalidov in the promotion was Narkun, who did it twice. Both times, Khalidov went up in weight to challenge the light heavyweight champion at a 203-pound catchweight.

CHAMP-CHAMPITIS: Lightweight champion Mateusz Gamrot became the first fighter in KSW history to ever hold titles in two divisions simultaneously when he won the vacant featherweight belt by decision over Kleber Koike Erbst.

LIKE A VIDEO GAME: Gamrot’s win was his 11th inside the KSW cage, and he has never tasted defeat inside the promotion or in his career overall. He is the only current fighter with over five KSW appearances to have never lost in under the KSW lights.

SENSATIONAL SALAHDINE: Salahdine Parnasse improved his undefeated record to 12-0-1 with a decision win over former champion Marcin Wrzosek. Eight of his 13 bouts have gone the distance, including five of his last six.

TWO ONE-PUNCH MEN: Roberto Soldic and Krystian Kaszubowski each recorded one-punch knockout wins, as KSW 46 tied KSW 44 in June for the most one-punch knockouts at an event in company history.

BOSNIAN BRUISER: Soldic leveled Vinicius Bohrer with a single punch in the first round. He has finished his opponent in 14 of his 15 career victories, with all but one of those stoppages coming by knockout.

BROADENING THEIR HORIZONS: Antun Racic’s bout with Sebastian Przybysz was the fourth fight contested at bantamweight in company history. With the division opening with one bout at KSW 38 in 2017, the remaining three bouts in the division have taken place this year and all three have included either Racic or Przybysz.

KRUSHING KRYSTIAN: Staying undefeated at 7-0 with a first-round knockout over Michal Michalski, Kaszubowski started his career with four straight decisions but has since stopped his last three opponents in the first round.

NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN: Coming into KSW 46, the organization had never traveled to Gliwice, Gamrot had never fought into the fifth round (15 fights) and Grzegorz Szulakowski had never lost consecutive bouts (11 fights).

Jay Pettry is an attorney and a statistician. Writing about MMA since he started studying the “Eminem Curse” in 2012, and writing for Vice Sports and Combat Docket along the way, he put together many fight result and entrance music databases to better study the sport. You can find him on Twitter at @jaypettry.
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