Materla-Janikowski, Askham-Wojcik set for KSW 45
KSW middleweight champion Mamed Khalidov has vacated his title to set up a four-man tournament to crown a new champ.
KSW officials announced the news today, saying in a press release that Khalidov (34-5-2) “does not want to hold the division up and that there is only one fight he is after at the moment.” That reference appears to be a hope for a rematch with light heavyweight champion Tomasz Narkun, whom Khalidov lost to in a superfight in March.
A four-man tournament will start in October at KSW 45, the promotion announced. Former champion Michal Materla (26-6) will fight Polish Olympic wrestling medalist Damian Janikowski (3-0) on one side of the bracket. On the other, Scott Askham (16-4) takes on Marcin Wojcik (11-5). The winners are expected to fight in early 2019 for the middleweight title.
KSW 45: The Return to Wembley will compete with Michał Materla and our medalist IO Damian Janikowski and Marcin Wójcik and Scott Askham. It is for the four of them that the gala in London will be the ticket to the KSW title.
KSW 45 takes place Oct. 6 at Wembley Arena in London. The card streams at KSWTV.com. Michał Materla is one of the longest fighting KSW fighters. The 34-year-old for the first time entered the famous white ring during the KSW 6 gala in 2006. Since then, the Szczeciner has fought 21 of the largest MMAs in Europe and won 17 of them.
The KSW 45 card includes:
- Damian Janikowski vs. Michal Materla – middleweight tournament semifinal
- Scott Askham vs. Martin Wojcik – middleweight tournament semifinal
- Phil De Fries vs. Karol Bedorf
- Pawel Mikolajuw vs. opponent TBA
- Akop Szostak vs. opponent TBA
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