Mateusz Gamrot Outpoints Marian Ziolkowski, Izu Ugonoh Successfully Debuts at KSW 54

By Tudor Leonte Aug 29, 2020

Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki might say goodbye to one of its most dominant champions ever very soon.

In the main event of KSW 54Mateusz Gamrot (17-0, 1 NC) put on a show in yet another successful lightweight title defense, this time at the expense of Marian Ziolkowski (21-8-1). "Gamer" was initially scheduled to clash with Shamil Musaev, but the Russian fighter was forced to pull out of the battle after sustaining a knee injury in training. Ziolkowski, who was supposed to fight Maciej Kazieczko on the same card, tried his best, but it was not enough to dethrone the defending champion. After a close first round, Gamrot displayed his notorious fighting IQ and made some small but significant adjustments that nullified Ziolkowski's arsenal. Eventually, all three judges rewarded "Gamer" with the eighth decision victory on his record. In a post-fight interview, Gamrot teased that his future might be away from the KSW. 

The co-main event featured the MMA debut of former IBF Mediterranean heavyweight champion Izuagbe Ugonoh. "Izu" took on Quentin Domingos (4-2, 1 NC), who fought on the event despite his pending four-year ban from the French Anti-Doping Agency. Ugonoh seemed comfortable enough in the cage, landing one low kick and displaying some grappling skills. The fight ended in an anticlimactic fashion after Domingos seemingly injured himself during a scramble phase with Ugonoh in the opening stanza. "Ruskov" lamented some problems in his right leg that didn't allow him to continue fighting, and the referee called the end of the fight at the 2:22 mark of Round 1.

Elsewhere, Michal Kita (20-11-1) rendered Michal Andryszak (21-9) unconscious at the 2:59 mark in the opening stanza of their heavyweight rematch; Maciej Kazieczko (7-1) crushed Karlo Caput (8-2) thirty seconds before the end of their lightweight battle; Pawel Politylo (5-2) defeated Bogdan Barbu (16-12) via unanimous decision at bantamweight; Lukasz Rajewski (10-6) edged Bartlomiej Kopera (9-6) via split decision at lightweight; Raju's brother, Sebastian Rajewski (9-5), upended Armen Stepanyan (6-4) via unanimous decision in a 155-pound clash; Kacper Koziorzebski (7-2) overcame Adam Niedzwiedz (7-4) after the latter retired at the 2:27 mark of the second round during their welterweight affair. 

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