Fight Facts: KSW 48

By Jay Pettry Apr 30, 2019
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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KSW on Saturday took a trip to Lublin, Poland, for the first time in the promotion’s history. KSW 48 featured incredible stoppages, an unfortunate injury in a highly anticipated rematch and an unbeaten Frenchman steamrolling his way to a championship.

WILL VANDERS NEEDS A THROAT LOZENGE: The first five fights at KSW 48 all ended by knockout, making this card the first to begin with five straight knockouts. It was also the first time five consecutive KSW bouts ended via knockout.

FOR THE NIGHT IS DARK AND FULL OF FINISHES: Seven of eight fights from KSW 48 ended by knockout or technical knockout, tying KSW 28 for the most knockouts at an event in organizational history.

JUDGES TAKE THE NIGHT OFF: With seven finishes by the time it was over, KSW 48 tied nine other events for the fifth-most stoppages at a single event in KSW history.

FOR THOSE KEEPING SCORE: Although current KSW featherweight champion Mateusz Gamrot just won the 145-pound strap to become a simultaneous two-division titlist in December, his next bout is expected to be a lightweight title defense. As such, the promotion created an interim featherweight crown to keep the division moving, as Salahdine Parnasse took on Roman Szymanski.

KICKED HIS PARNASSE: Parnasse remained unbeaten as a professional by stopping Szymanski in the first round. In 14 bouts, his lone career blemish was a draw to LiGe Teng in June 2016; he went on to defeat Teng by decision less than five months later.

POLAND’S ROYCE: Winner of the KSW 1 tournament in 2004, Lukasz Jurkowski returned at KSW 48. He is the only fighter from that inaugural event to ever compete beyond KSW 2.

THE PRIDE OF A NATION: Jurkowski competed in his 21st bout inside the KSW cage and now stands alone with the third-most appearances with the promotion. Only Mamed Khalidov and Michael Materla have more with 22 each.

NOT DIVINE INTERVENTION: Jurkowski and Stjepan Bekavac competed in 2005 in a battle that ended when Jurkowski suffered an injury and Bekavac was awarded the victory. Fourteen years later, Jurkowski won in the same manner that he lost when Bekavac suffered a knee injury.

TIME FOR A RUBBER MATCH: The unfortunate ending by injury just 66 seconds into the rematch between Jurkowski and Bekavac was the sixth fight in the promotion’s history to end with a fighter suffering an injury. It was only the second time a knee injury has ended a KSW bout.

FILIP MEET FILIP: Filip Pejic scored the fifth head kick knockout in KSW history when he stopped Filip Wolanski with one and follow-up punches in the second round.

NINE FOR NINE: In his ninth pro fight, Cezary Kesik defeated his ninth opponent when he knocked out Jakub Kamieniarz with elbows in the first round. He has stopped eight of those opponents before the second round came to a close.

ELBOW PARTY: By finishing Kamieniarz with elbow strikes, Kesik became the fifth fighter in promotional history to knock out an opponent with elbows.

SHAMIL, SCHLIMAZEL: Shamil Musaev knocked out Hubert Szymajda in the first round to keep his undefeated record intact at 13-0. He now holds nine stoppage victories, with all nine taking place within the first two rounds.

NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN: Coming into KSW 48, Wolanski (14 fights), Kamieniarz (12 fights) and Szymajda (10 fights) had never been knocked out, Wolanski had never lost consecutive bouts and no fighter in KSW history had ever competed across 15 years (Jurkowski).

Sherdog contributing editor Jay Pettry is an attorney and a statistician. Writing about MMA since he started studying the “Eminem Curse” in 2012 and working 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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