KSW 31 Results: Play-by-Play and Updates

By Jordan Breen May 23, 2015


Sherdog.com's KSW 31 play-by-play kicks off at 1 p.m. ET.

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Marcin Gulas vs. Jedrzej Mackowiak

Round 1

After a brief feeling-out period, Mackowiak puts Gulas on the ground and goes to work. Hard rights and lefts land for Mackowiak on top. Gulas tries to control his foe, but Mackowiak is already in control, liberally landing steady streams of punches and elbows. Mackowiak sits down on Gulas' leg in half guard and opens up with more strikes, punches and elbows landing steadily and slashing Gulas' face open. Gulas is already in trouble as Mackowiak puts more punishment on him. Gulas is holding on and abating the streams of ground-and-pound just enough to stay in the fight, but his face is now streaming blood. Short right elbows land for Mackowiak, drawing even more blood from Gulas. Mackowiak postures up and unloads with another torrent of punches and elbows. Gulas is now streaming blood all over the canvas and it seems far-fetched he'll make it to the round's end. Mackowiak keeps smashing away until Gulas is rescued by referee Piotr Michalak.

The Official Result

Jedrzej Mackowiak def. Marcin Gulas via TKO (Punches) R1 4:57

Patryk Grudniewski vs. Grzegorz Szulakowski

Round 1

Szulakowski puts his man on the mat in a hurry and sets up from half guard. Szulakowski lands short, peppering punches until Grudniewski replaces full guard and sneaks his legs up. Grudniewski looks for a high guard and submission, but can't get one, so he pushes Szulakowski away. In the ensuing scramble, Szulakowski looks for a guillotine and jumps it, giving up top position to Grudniewski. Szulakowski throws up an armbar attempt, but Grudniewski's arm isn't that deep and he escapes. Szulakowski looks for a guillotine from the bottom now and Grudniewski escapes, but when he does, Szulakowski looks for another armbar. Very active guard from Szulakowski. Grudniewski escapes and lands short punches on top while Szulakowski looks for another submission opening from his back up until the bell. Sherdog.com scores the round 10-9 for Szulakowski.

Round 2

Szulakowski gets Grudniewski on the mat again with the quickness and punches away along the fence from the top of half guard. Szulakowski stays busy with his right hand while trying to pass up the middle to full mount. Grudniewski tries to roll forward into a takedown, but Szulakowski controls him with a front headlock and pushes him to his back. Szulakowski pounds and moves into side control, but Grudniewski tries to scramble and exposes his back. Szulakowski sinks his hooks in and continues his methodical grappling work. After some punches to butter his foe up, Szulakowski sinks his choking arm under Grudniewski's neck and squeezes the RNC for the academic tap.

The Official Result

Grzegorz Szulakowski def. Patryk Grudniewski via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) R2 3:38

Karol Celinski vs. Tomasz Narkun

Round 1

Celinski stalks Narkun with his hands down, feinting and hoping the grappler will give him something to punch at. Narkun waves him in and as he does so, Celinski clips him with a shot that knocks him off balance and to his seat momentarily. Narkun hops right back up and shoots, eventually getting Celinski's left leg, elevating him and dumping him on the mat. Narkun tries to pass into a dominant position, but Celinski keeps scrambling, trying to get in on one of Narkun's legs. Finally, Narkun gets over-under control and transitions to back mount, albeit with one hook. “Giraffe” starts looking for the choke, then sinks his other hook in. He figure-fours his arms around Celinski's chin, with the choke not quite under the jaw. It doesn't matter, however, as Celinski taps as soon as Narkun squeezes.

The Official Result

Tomasz Narkun def. Karol Celinski via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) R1 2:17

Jay Silva vs. Aziz Karaoglu

Round 1

Silva is the aggressor from the outset, darting in with left crosses before uncorking a flying knee. Karaoglu responds in kind, dinging Silva with a hard one-two then a leg kick. Karaoglu making solid contact with his right hand, snapping Silva's head back. Silva steps back to the cage and Karaoglu rushes him with both hands, unloading clean crosses that bobble Silva's head around. Silva leans into the fence as Karaoglu senses his moment, unloading with everything he's got until Silva crumbles and tumbles to the mat. Karaoglu dives on him with follow-up punches and hammerfists, but referee Piotr Michalak is in there in a hurry to end the bout.

The Official Result

Aziz Karaoglu def. Jay Silva via TKO (Punches) R1 1:34

Kamil Szymuszowski vs. Maciej Jewtuszko

Round 1

The pair size each other up on the feet briefly before Szymuszowski shoots and puts Jewtuszko on the canvas with a clean double. Jewtuszko throws punches and hammerfists from his back while working an open guard. He kicks Szymuszowski and tries to get to his feet, but Szymuszowski stays glued to his waist. Szymuszowski smothers him in the fence for a minute, pushing for a takedown until “Irokez” gets free. Jewtuszko showing comfort on the feet with his hands down, throwing punches and stepping knees. Szymuszowski shoots in and gets another easy takedown, but Jewtuszko locks up a guillotine and cranks it for a moment, forcing Szymuszowski to defend. Szymuszowski escapes and gets to half guard for just a moment before Jewtuszko replaces guard. Szymuszowski rides out the rest of the round on top. Sherdog.com scores the round 10-9 Szymuszowski.

Round 2

Szymuszowski barrels into the clinch in pursuit of a takedown, but not before eating a stepping knee from Jewtuszko. Jewtuszko sprlaws and circles off of the cage, taking deep breaths as he pumps his jab. Szymuszowski lands a good one-two of his own, which allows him to easily segue into another takedown along the cage. Szymuszowski pounds and Jewtuszko tries to slink up the fence, but Szymuszowski knees him to the body as he tries to retake his feet. Jewtuszko gets there eventually and separates, drawing more deep breaths. He attacks Szymuszowski with boxing combinations, but there's not much sting on his punches. Szymuszowski reponds with a one-two, then ducks under for another takedown attempt, running Jewtuszko into the fence. Sherdog.com scores the round 10-9 Szymuszowski.

Round 3

Szymuszowski shoots and is denied by Jewtuszko. Szymuszowski keeps walking Jewtuszko down, lobbing punches to get close to another takedown. Two clean left hands land for Szymuszowski. He shoots again and Jewtuszko locks up a guillotine and jumps guard. Szymuszowski puts his feet on the fence and uses the leverage to help himself tripod up, relieving pressure on the choke. He finally pops his head out after a moment of brilliant, creative submission defense. Jewtuszko scrambles back to his feet and now it's he who presses Szymuszowski into the fence. Jewtuszko separates with a three-punch combo, then launches a spinning back fist that doesn't hit its target. Szymuszowski shoots and Jewtuszko goes for another guillotine, then when Szymuszowski escapes, dives for a kneebar. Jewtuszko's late activity is cut short by the final bell, however. Sherdog.com sees the third round 10-9 Jewtuszko, but has the fight 29-28 for Kamil Szymuszowski.

The Official Result

Kamil Szymuszowski def. Maciej Jewtuszko via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) R3 5:00

KSW Light Heavyweight Title Fight:
Attila Vegh vs. Goran Reljic

Round 1

Lots of feinting and pawing jabs from the pair of southpaws. The first two minutes play out without any significant strikes landing, both men inching toward one another and missing with their strikes when they do commit. Vegh jumps in with a short right hook that makes some clean contact. More feinting and more jabbing at the air. An inside low kick for Reljic lands, then Vegh touches him with a right hand to back him up. Reljic shoots and Vegh sees it coming a mile away, sidestepping it easily. The crowd is starting to get restless. Reljic lands a body kick before the round expires. Sherdog.com scores the inert round 10-10.

Round 2

After a minute of tepid pawing, Reljic lands a clean left cross, then sprinkles in some leg kicks. Both men continues to stick their jabs out and hit nothing but air. Vegh steps in with a nice knee to the body, prompting a Reljic shot. Reljic gets a look at a single-leg attempt, but Vegh shuts it down and gets away from the fence. Vegh lands a right hook, then a left hook a moment later as Reljic approaches. Vegh looks for a single of his own, but abandons the idea quickly as Reljic defends. Reljic glances with a left cross and Vegh tags him with a pair of hooks before the bell mercifully ends another inactive round. Sherdog.com scores the round 10-9 for Attila Vegh.

Round 3

After another minute of pawing, Reljic shoots in and finally gets Vegh to the canvas. Vegh tries to sit out of the takedown, but winds up turtled and gives up his back. Reljic dives onto his back and gets both hooks in. Reljic hooks Vegh's right arm and looks to control it. Vegh tries to stand, so Reljic locks on a rear-naked choke. He has it, but as Vegh grimaces, he dives into a forward roll which actually works, thumping Reljic off balance and scrambling back to his feet. Finally, we've got a fight happening, as Vegh and Reljic fire at one another with both hands, landing glancing shots. Left cross lands for Reljic, but Vegh lands a quick right hook, too. Vegh pops Reljic in the face with a jab. Vegh shoots a single, Reljic hits the mat but sits up quickly, working his way back to the feet with just under 30 seconds to fight. Another good jab by Vegh lands before the final bell ends the bout for the vacant KSW 205-pound strap. Sherdog.com scores the round 10-9 Reljic, making for a 29-29 draw on the scorecards.

The Official Result

Goran Reljic def. Attila Vegh via Split Decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29) R3 5:00

Peter Graham vs. Karol Bedorf

Round 1

Bedorf runs Graham into the cage, gets in on a single and dumps the K-1 veteran on the mat. Bedorf sits in half guard, his forearm driving into the throat of Graham as he tries to set up a guard pass. Bedorf continues to crossface Graham hard while pounding to the ribs. Graham doesn't have much off of his back as Bedorf targets a kimura on his left arm while passing guard. Graham gets his arm free and regains half guard. Bedorf lands hammerfists upstairs and more punches to the body. Bedorf pins Graham's right arm with his knee, landing more left hands. Bedorf keeps on his grind until the bell rings. Sherdog.com scores the round 10-9 Bedorf.

Round 2

Bedorf quickly shoots, but Graham shuts it down. Graham active with his leg kicks now, then rocks Bedorf with a nifty right uppercut. Graham smells blood, so he pounces, punching with both hands, but it only gives Bedorf an opportunity for a takedown, which he consummates. Bedorf back on top in half guard, smothering Graham until the Australian gets lazy, giving up an easy pass to full mount. Bedorf doesn't land much punishment before Graham replaces guard and escapes danger. As Bedorf gets to work back in half guard, referee Piotr Michalak stands the pair up. It doesn't matter much, though, as Bedorf puts Graham right back on the fence, sucks his legs out then moves to north-south position with 90 seconds to go in the round. Bedorf goes to side control and tries to step over into a top crucifix, but Graham snakes his arm out. Bedorf moves back into full mount with just over 10 seconds in the round, but nothing comes of it. It's 10-9 Bedorf, again.

Round 3

Knowing he's behind, Graham opens up with a leg kick, then three hooks. Another hard right hook and leg kick lands, and Bedorf wants none of it. Graham chases him down, forcing Bedorf into an ugly shot, which Graham defends. Graham forces Bedorf to turtle, unloading with massive right hands, and now lefts. Bedorf rolls forward into a takedown, clinging to Graham's right leg as Graham smashes on his head. Bedorf turns him over and completes the takedown into side control. Bedorf chips away with ground-and-pound before moving back into full mount. With two minutes to go in the fight, Bedorf creeps his mount up higher, seeking to punish Graham, but Graham shrimps and thwarts it. Bedorf remains heavy on top, but isn't punching much. Graham's stuck on the bottom and can't buck the robust Bedorf off of him. Bedorf grinds away with more short punches, then sits up and throws lukewarm hammerfists for the last 10 seconds. It's 10-9 Bedorf again, for a 30-27 sweep on the Sherdog.com scorecard.

The Official Result

Karol Bedorf def. Peter Graham via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) R3 5:00

Rolles Gracie vs. Mariusz Pudzianowski

Round 1

Pudzianowski paws with his jab while walking down Gracie, who gingerly leg kicks at him. Pudzianowski steps into a massive overhand right and smashes Gracie in the jaw. The shot sends Gracie spinning around and reeling into the cage, falling on his face. “Pudzian” is on him in a heartbeat with punches, but it's academic. Gracie is prone and just covering his head and referee Tomasz Bronder is there in a heartbeat. Fantastic and surprising one-hitter quitter from the former “World's Strongest Man.”

The Official Result

Mariusz Pudzianowski def. Rolles Gracie via KO (Punch) R1 0:27

KSW Middleweight Title Fight:
Tomasz Drwal vs. Michal Materla

Round 1

Both fighters active with their hands to start the championship bout. Drwal pumps his jab out with success, then mixes in some lead left hooks. The champion Materla working both the head and body with his winging combinations, but Drwal picks him off with the jab when he rushes. Clean right hook lands for Drwal and Materla looks for a takedown. Drwal shrugs him off and nearly puts him to the mat in the scramble, but Bedorf recovers, shoots and gets Drwal down clean. Short punches from Materla on top, who moves to half guard. A short salvo of punches from Materla stops Drwal's attempt to stand back up. Materla holds his half guard position and keeps pounding up until the bell. Sherdog.com sees the round 10-9 for the challenger, Tomasz Drwal.

Round 2

Both fighters land jabs, but Drwal begins leg kicking. Materla unloads an overhand right that stumbles Drwal and knocks him down briefly, but Drwal is up in a flash and fends off Materla's takedown attempt. Jab and a body kick land for Materla. Drwal takes some deep breaths, so Materla rushes him for a takedown, but Drwal sidesteps it easily. They exchange in the center of the cage and Materla sneaks in a good left hand. Drwal responds with a three-punch combo, touching Materla with the left hook at the end. Materla's left eye is slashed up, with a prominent cut underneath it. Two left hands for Drwal land, but Materla changes levels and drives Drwal to the mat with a minute left in the round. Materla gets to side control but can't land anything of substance before the bell rings. It's another 10-9 round for the challenger, Drwal.

Round 3

Materla double jabs, which opens up Drwal for a clean knee. The champion tries to shoot behind it, but Drwal easily and ably defends. Hard one-two from Drwal. Drwal inches forward, then snaps Materla's head up with a right uppercut. Drwal feints while flat-footed, so Materla changes levels and double-legs him to the canvas, moving quickly into side control. Drwal trying to walk his way out of side control, but Materla keeps moving, right into a top crucifix. Drwal is tired and his right arm is trapped with about 90 seconds left in the fight. Materla gets busy with short left hands, mechanically pounding away on his trapped challenger. Drwal is offering nothing, but Materla simply isn't doing enough damage to prompt referee Rich Mitchell to intervene. With under 30 seconds to go, Materla ratchets up his output and continues to bust up the handcuffed Drwal's face. With under 10 seconds to go, Drwal looks content to wait for the bell in spite of getting pounded on, but that's not an option for him. Referee Rich Mitchell intervenes in the bout's dying moments. Drwal seems surprised the bout is stopped, but his protestation goes no further. Rousing come-from-behind title defense for KSW middleweight champion Michal Materla.

The Official Result

Michal Materla def. Tomasz Drwal via TKO (Punches) R3 4:56

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