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2019-03-13

KSW Legend Juras Returns at KSW 48

Almost fourteen years after they first fought, veterans Lukasz Jurkowski (16-11) and Stjepen Bekavac (19-9) will run it back in the co-main event of KSW 48 in Lublin, Poland on April 27.

February 2019 marked the 15th anniversary of the very first KSW event. A young Lukasz Jurkowski made his professional MMA debut on this night and beat three other men in a gruelling one night tournament which took place in front of just a couple of hundred people. Fast forward a decade and a half and KSW are selling out large scale arenas, putting on stadium events and fight cards around Europe all thanks to the foundations built with the help of Jurkowski.
 
’Juras’ would go on to reach the finals of the KSW 2 & 3 tournaments as well as competing in most of the subsequent events until his retirement at KSW 15 in 2011. He had fought some of the best in Europe, became a huge star in Poland, and registered wins over the likes of Igor Pokrajac, Moise Rimbon, and Atilla Veigh. Following his retirement he stayed involved with KSW becoming a commentator and doing presenting on TV in Poland.
 
His retirement lasted six years until KSW 39. The thoughts of competing in front of 57,766 people at the National Stadium in his native Warsaw proved too much for the 37-year-old and he came out retirement to beat MMA veteran Sokoudjou. He followed this up with a rematch with old rival Martin Zawada in 2018, which was unfortunately stopped early due to an injury, and now he is back to compete once more in the KSW arena.
 
Like Jurkowski, Bekavac is a veteran of the European scene. Making his debut in 2005, the Croatian has registered wins over the likes of Martin Zawada, Eddie Sanchez, and Vitaly Shemetov. Now the 36-year-old will make his first appearance in KSW and will be looking to score another win over Lukasz Jurkowski fourteen years after they first fought.
 
The main event of KSW 48 will see undefeated French sensation Salahdine Parnasse (12-0-1) face top Polish prospect Roman Szymanski (11-4) for the interim KSW featherweight title.
 
KSW 48 will be on free to air TV in Poland. Last year the corresponding KSW 43 event made huge TV ratings with 1.3 million people on average tuning in to watch the event and a peak of 1.5 million people in Poland alone.
 
The event will also be available to watch live around the world via online PPV on www.KSWTV.com.

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2019-03-20

KSW 47 Open Workouts

The KSW 47 open workouts took place on Monday at the KSW Cross Fight gym in Warsaw, Poland. Fighters like Mariusz Pudzianowski, Phil De Fries, Borys Mankowski, Tomasz ...

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2019-03-14

Two Exciting Bouts Added to KSW 48

Two exciting bouts have been added to KSW 48 in Lublin, Poland on April 27. The hard hitting Gracjan Szadzinski (8-2) will face submission specialist Marian Ziolkowski ...

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2019-03-13

KSW Legend Juras Returns at KSW 48

Almost fourteen years after they first fought, veterans Lukasz Jurkowski (16-11) and Stjepen Bekavac (19-9) will run it back in the co-main event of KSW 48 in Lublin, ...