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Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki, more commonly known as KSW, is one of the premiere mixed martial arts organisations in Europe. Based in Poland, the KSW has built a reputation for productions that rival the finest shows put on by their American and European rivals. Structured into four- or eight-man tournaments, KSW's epic shows comprise an entire day-long competition of superb martial delights.
Most of the KSW events still take place in Poland, but there are several high-profile tournaments scheduled in the U.K. Most notable is the Road to Wembley event, headlined by noted fighter Mariusz Pudzianowski, which will be the first KSW match in Britain. The five-time world's strongest man, Pudzianowski has beaten some of the top fighters in the rival organisation UFC, so make sure you get your KSW tickets for this sure-to-be unforgettable event. Early in his career, he was able to win simply due to his dominating strength, but he's since evolved into a nuanced fighter with skills that some herald as the best in the world. He'll be joined by Marcin Różalski, who returns to the ring after a one-year absence due to a knee injury. They'll be teamed against some of Britain's best MMA personalities, including James Zikic, Curt Warburton, Andre Winner, Dean Amasinger and Jefferson George.
History Of Event/Team
The KSW was formed in Warsaw, Poland in 2002 by the former manager of the local Marriott Hotel. He was a longtime MMA fan, and wanted to bring professional events to his country. The first few events were small, but they soon attracted a rabid local fanbase. And thanks to a television deal with one of that country's leading pay-per-view (PPV) companies, the organisation became well known across Europe for its distinctive PPV events. Those broadcasts helped the KSW become the top MMA organisation in Europe, even though most of the events took place in Poland.
Indeed, in the past several years, MMA fighters from across Europe have traveled to Poland to participate in KSW events, and the circuit has become a popular stop for British fighters. This cross-pollination has made it possible for the KSW to begin hosting events outside of Poland, as evidenced by several former KSW fighters who have graduated to starring spots in better-known MMA organisations such as the UFC. The KSW also regularly trades fighters with organisations such as The Cage and worldwide MMA organization the WFC.
While the KSW is based primarily in Poland, it features MMA fighters from around the world. So far more than 120 international fighters have participated in KSW events, ranging from England to Angola. The KSW is also primarily a men's organisation, although about a dozen women have participated in events.
Like all mixed martial arts events, the KSW events are energetic, loud and very competitive. While professional wrestling has evolved into a sport that's as much acting as a competition, KSW events are non-stop battles interspersed with a lot of trash talk. The audience has a clear view of the action, and they are encouraged to shout, wave and otherwise voice their thoughts on the battle in progress. It's an experience that isn't for the faint of heart, but if you're looking for a night of adrenalin-filled competition, you won't find a better choice than a KSW event.
A typical KSW production will include as many as a dozen individual or group fights, scheduled with very little delay between battles. To keep the action moving, the music is cranked up to ear-splitting levels, and there are lights and special effects that would be a good fit for a music concert. The KSW made its reputation with great fighters presented in an unbelievably produced event, and each event has its own distinctive look and chemistry.
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