KSW 56 brought us more of the excitement and spectacle we’ve come to expect from the Polish standout.
Whether it was the return of Lithuanian legend Marius Žaromskis, Max Coga’s debut after his Cage Warriors title shot slipped away, Tomasz Narkun’s fifth defense of his light heavyweight title, or the blockbuster main event between reigning welterweight champion Roberto Soldić and Polish icon Michał Materla, KSW always brings something worth watching.
Seven of the fighters featured on the card had previously been ranked by MMA-Prospects, so it is safe to say that a lot was on the line on Saturday night.
Here’s a look at where all the chips have landed now that the dust has settled in Poland.
Although his fight fell through due to a positive COVID-19 test, Ivan Buchinger’s newly-scheduled fight in Oktagon has seen him lose his #2 spot in the MMA-Prospect independent rankings. Everyone below him moves up a spot.
The night’s opening contest between Robert Ruchała (4-0) and Michał Domin (3-2) saw two new names added to the 145lbs rankings. It was Ruchała who left the contest with his arm raised, submitting his opponent with just a second to go in the first round. Due to the number of fighters competing in the division, even with the loss, Domin still finds himself next to a number in the division.
Ruchała’s short career sees him enter the division at #7, while Domin sits below at #8.
Daniel Torres (11-4) welcomed Germany’s Max Coga (22-7) to KSW, and the two duked it out in an extremely close affair, which many scored in favor of the German. The judges disagreed, and it was Torres who got the nod. With Buchringer out of the rankings, Torres naturally moves up to #2 behind the champion. Max has to settle for 5th place in the division, despite fighting his heart out for all 15 minutes.
Filip Pejić (15-4) was able to bounce back from a two-fight skid with a spectacular 12-second KO over Sebastian Rajewski (9-6) that stopped everyone in their tracks. Although this was clearly the most stunning victory of the night, the fact that the fight was contested six pounds above lightweight and Pejić holds a previous loss to Torres sees him remain one behind the Brazilian.
The fight impacting this division featured the return of Lithuania’s Marius Žaromskis (23-9), as the fan-favorite faced MMA-Prospects’ #2 ranked contender, Andrzej Grzebyk (17-4). This fight has really thrown things out of order, and it’s extremely difficult to decide how the division shakes out.
Grzebyk kicked Žaromskis’ knee early in the fight, badly fracturing his leg. Although he held out for most of the round from his back, it became apparent he couldn’t stand, and the fight was called off just before the end of the first period. What’s so difficult here is that Žaromskis has just one other win in almost 6 years, and that was against a 0-1 opponent a year and a half ago.
Is a win by injury over Grzebyk, specifically in a way which Žaromskis didn’t really do himself, more impressive than what fellow contenders Krystian Kaszubowski (9-1) or Michał Michalski (8-4) have been doing?
As a result, the site has Žaromskis enter the division at #4, and Andrzej Grzebyk falls to #5.
It’s currently unknown whether champion Roberto Soldić (18-3) plans to stay at middleweight or not, but as it stands, he is still the KSW welterweight champion, so he’ll remain ranked as he is.
The incredible main event saw welterweight champ Roberto Soldić absolutely destroy third-ranked middleweight Michał Materla (29-8) in his debut at 185 pounds.
MMA-Prospects will now consider Soldić eligible for rankings at both 170 and 185 pounds, and the reigning welterweight titlist enters the KSW middleweight ranks at #3 with the win over Materla.
Materla slips to fourth in the rankings, as Soldić’s arrival forces previously ranked fighters down a slot each.
Tomasz Narkun (18-3) defended his light heavyweight title for the fifth time, and remember, fans can add in two catchweight victories over middleweight champion Mamed Khalidov (35-7-2) in there for good measure.
After a tough opening round against undefeated #1-ranked contender Ivan Erslan (9-1), Narkun brought the fight to the floor and finished by rear-naked choke quickly after.
Erslan stays in second place due to the depth of the division, but it’s going to be really interesting to see what’s next for Narkun, as he has already cleared out 205 lbs and unsuccessfully challenged Phil De Fries (18-6) for the heavyweight crown.
Could we see former middleweight champion Scott Askham (19-5) move up a weight class and challenge for the belt?
KSW’s announced 2020 finale is KSW 57 on December 19th, to be headlined by Phil de Fries and MMA-Prospects’ #4-ranked Michał Kita (20-11-1).
In the co-main event, bantamweight champion Antun Račić (28-4-1) will defend his title, and #8-ranked lightweight Borys Mańkowski (21-8-1) will also be in action.
As always, MMA Prospects will have you covered with all the updates after the event.