The five-time World’s Strongest Man champion, Mariusz Pudzianowski blitzed through his MMA debut on Friday, Dec. 11, at KSW 12 in Warsaw, Poland.
Facing a professional boxer and fellow MMA newcomer, Marcin "El Testosteron" Najman, "Pudzian," a fourth-kyu green belt in Kyokushin Karate and former amateur boxer, stalked his foe for the first fifteen seconds.
With the thunderous roar of the crowd chanting his name, Pudzian started battering Najman’s legs as if he were shooting a soccer ball from long range. The kicks quickly took a toll on "El Testosteron," who fell to the mat and succumbed to Pudzian’s ferocious ground-and-pound at 43 seconds of the first round.
With a triumphant debut, Pudzianowski has an option of pursuing a MMA career or his sixth World’s Strongest Man title. His last attempt at the title came two months ago in October and he fell short, earning a runner-up finish in the competition.
If he decides to go forward with his MMA career, he may become a pioneering figure in the growth and popularization of MMA in Poland, thanks to his celebrity status.
KSW 12 full results:
1 Dawid Baziak def. Maxim Grishin via Decision (Unanimous) Rd. 3 3:00
2 David Olivia def. Wojciech Orlowski via Submission (Punches) Rd. 1 2:51
3 Karol Bedorf def. Arunas Vilius via Submission (Kimura) Rd. 2 2:16
4 Konstantin Gluhov def. Daniel Omielanczuk via Decision (Unanimous) Rd. 2 5:00
5 James Zikic def. Daniel Dowda via Decision (Unanimous) Rd. 2 5:00
6 David Olivia def. Daniel Omielanczuk via Decision (Unanimous) Rd. 2 5:00
7 Mariusz Pudzianowski def. Marcin Najman via TKO (Punches) Rd. 1 0:43
8 Dean Amasinger def. Daniel Gorski via Submission (Guillotine Choke) Rd. 1 3:00
9 Vitor Nobrega def. Aslambek Saidov via Decision (Unanimous) Rd. 4 3:00