Fans will have to wait for a bit longer to see popular Polish strongman Mariusz Pudzianowski back in action.
KSW officials announced on Friday morning that the 41-year-old was forced to pull out of his scheduled bout at KSW 53 due to an undisclosed injury. The Polish behemoth was set to lock horns with Quentin Domingos in the main event. With the withdrawal, Roberto Soldic (17-3) will face Marius Zaromskis (21-9, 1 NC) for the welterweight belt in the new headliner.
In his last appearance in the cage, Pudzianowski (13-7) stopped social media sensation Erko Jun with a second-round TKO at KSW 51. Prior to that, Pudzianowski went on a two-fight skid after suffering back-to-back defeats by the hands of Szymon Kolecki and Karol Bedorf.
Domingos was looking to make his organizational debut on the heels of a first-round stoppage over Sead Kahrovic in December. The French heavyweight has never gone the distance, while never needing to fight beyond the first round in any of his five victories, including four knockouts and a disqualification. His lone defeat came in October 2019, where he reached the third round but was finished by the debuting Damien Losco.
The promotion officials also announced that two-division champion Mateusz Gamrot will return to action during KSW 53. Despite holding the featherweight and lightweight straps, the undefeated “Gamer” (15-0) is set to square off with Ultimate Fighting Championship and Bellator MMA veteran Edimilson Souza (18-5) in a lightweight non-title bout. Souza is riding a two-fight winning streak after defeating Janio Carvalho dos Santos and Denis Silva on the Brazilian regional scene.
KSW 53 will go down at the Atlas Arena in Lodz, Poland, on March 21. The new main event will feature the welterweight title clash between Soldic and Zaromskis, while the co-headliner sees a middleweight tilt between Michal Materla and Patrik Kincl.