World’s Strongest Man Triumphs at KSW 12

By Tomasz Marciniak Dec 12, 2009
WARSAW, Poland -- Five-time World’s Strongest Man Mariusz Pudzianowski can now call himself an undefeated professional mixed martial artist.

The crowd favorite blitzed boxer turned reality show star Marcin Najman in 43 seconds at KSW 12 on Friday at the Torwar. Pudzianowski threw vicious leg kicks that buckled Najman and eventually felled him as the victor pursued him across the ring.

The strongman jumped all over the boxer, and Najman soon tapped out to escape further punishment from huge hammerfists. What will likely turn out to be the most watched MMA fight in Polish history ended in a one-sided showcase for Pudzianowski, who re-stated his intent to remain in MMA for the foreseeable future.

Meanwhile, KSW crowned its middleweight champion by concluding a tournament that began in May 2008, as Vitor Nobrega defeated Aslambek Saidov by split decision. Nobrega showed off his Brazilian jiu-jitsu chops early in the fight, as he threatened with an arm-triangle choke every time he secured top position. He also had Saidov in a deep armbar in the first round.

As the fight wore on, however, Nobrega’s takedowns grew weaker and his activity on the ground diminished greatly. In round two, Saidov clearly outstruck Nobrega with punches to the head and body and some knees. The fight stayed standing for much of the second and third rounds. When the action did spill onto the ground, the Chechen routinely swept Nobrega when he went back to the arm-triangle.

After 15 minutes, all three judges scored the fight a draw, resulting in a winner-take-all overtime period. Saidov once again outstruck Nobrega, but this time, with fatigue setting in, he also surrendered two takedowns and a back mount. That was enough to convince two judges to rule in Nobrega’s favor.

“Regarding the decision, it’s not wrestling,” said Szymon Bonkowski, Saidov’s cornerman. “Nobrega got the takedowns, but he stalled and didn’t go for the finish. What’s more, every takedown was later swept. I strongly believe the verdict was unfair.”

Elsewhere, “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 9 alum Dean Amasinger extended a run of success by Team Rough House with a quick submission victory against top Polish lightweight Maciej Gorski.

Surprisingly, the Pole took down Amasinger right off the bat. The Englishman promptly reversed the position and slammed his way out of a weak triangle attempt. During a scramble, Gorski looked to return to his feet but left his chin exposed. Amasinger locked in a guillotine choke for the tapout 3:00 into round one.

“Since the show, I’ve worked diligently on triangle defense,” Amasinger said. “My arms were locked, and I knew he wouldn’t be able to get a triangle.”

Finally, in his first fight back from major knee surgery Daniel Dowda came up short in a unanimous decision defeat to UFC veteran James Zikic.

The victorious Englishman was clearly the better boxer, as he struck his opponent repeatedly with the jab and uppercut. Dowda, known for his flashy grappling, had his moments in round one, most notably a rolling kneebar attempt that ended with both fighters tangled in the ropes. However, he could not cope with Zikic’s stand-up skills, and the two men spent a majority of their encounter on their feet.

By round two, Dowda had grown tired and was desperate for the takedown. Zikic refused to play his game, urging him to stand even after he scored with a knockdown behind a left hook. He finally went to the ground with a minute left at a point when Dowda was too fatigued to execute anything substantial off his back.

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David Olivia def. Daniel Omielanczuk -- Unanimous Decision
Konstantin Gluhov def. Daniel Omielanczuk -- Unanimous Decision
Karol Bedorf def. Arunas Vilius -- Submission (Kimura) 2:16 R2
David Olivia def. Wojciech Orlowski -- Submission (Punches) 2:51 R1
Dawid Baziak def. Maxim Grishin -- Unanimous Decision
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