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09-04-2010

"MMA is a spectacular sport" – interview with Katowice’s Mayor Piotr Uszok

We present you with a very interesting interview with Katowice’s Mayor Piotr Uszok, who officially took KSW 13 under his patronage.

At the beginning I want to ask you about your sporting past. Did you train any sporting discipline and if yes, what was it?
- Like many teenagers I was really into soccer, which is extremely popular here in Silesia. It was a great way of spending your free time, it allowed me to meet many great people who later become my friends. I was also always a keen bicycle rider, I used to ride around all different Katowice’s corners. Nowadays I like to relax myself while riding around Five Ponds Valley and Murckowski Forrest. Being active in my free time is what I enjoy the most and it is always a great way to recharge my batteries.
Why didn’t you become a professional athlete? Were there any obstacles or running with a soccer ball, hitting a punchbag just was not satisfying.
- Unfortunately with a lapse of time and evolution of my professional career I simply did not have enough time for regular trainings. Today I enjoy being a supporter, I attend soccer matches, I watch sports on TV. I have to admit being a fan is as pleasing as being an active athlete. Obviously in my free time I try various recreation activities such as swimming or skiing and sports still play substantial role in my life.
Please tell me how do you become interested in such a young sport as Mixed Martial Arts?
- Undeniably it is an extremely spectacular sport, which triggers great excitement for fans. The city of Katowice has a solid tradition of holding big boxing events in Spodek. Both Tomasz Adamek and Krzysztof “Diablo” Wlodarczyk fought in front of Katowice’s public. I am sure that KSW show will attract many fans from all over Poland.
When was your first encounter with this sport?
- I had the opportunity to see my first MMA fight at KSW 12 in Warsaw, the memorable showdown between Mariusz Pudzianowski and Marcin Najman. It was a really interesting experience, which I will definitely remember for long.
What do you admire the most about Mixed Martial Arts.
- I like the unique platform where all these different fighting styles can be used, that makes it so interesting. Fighters are able to showcase their skills in many different areas and fans can really appreciate their performances.
KSW 13 on May 7th will be held under the patronage of the City of Katowice. Is this the first MMA event supported by your city? How did this come about?
- This is definitely the first major MMA event in out city. Obviously we had some smaller amateur show here in the past. I believe that MMA as a sport is rapidly growing and there is a value in showing it to as many people as possible.
I hope the event will garner many fans. The similar shows in Spodek have always been packed and I am pretty confident it will not be different this time. We are open to promoting new sporting disciplines such as snowboarding (Jib Jam) or motocross (Masters of Dirt).

Can we expect that it will not be the first and the last KSW show supported by the City of Katowice?
- For now we are focused on the upcoming KSW show. If it successful with fans and Katowice’s citizens, I do not rule out that we will hold next events.
You are present at every major sporting event in Katowice. Could please tell me, what are the Katowice’s fans like?
- I am happy to say that sports fans in Katowice are always up-to-date with all the events happening in our city and they support their favorites. The good reputation of our fans was proved at many previous events and acknowledged by many athletes and our citizens. We definitely have one of the best audiences in Poland. What is more the legendary Spodek arena is conductive to creating unforgettable atmosphere at the biggest sporting events. We had many opportunities to deliver unique experiences at shows such Volley Super League or Euro Basket.
To end the interview I would like to ask you about your predictions in the main events at KSW 13, Khalidov vs. Sakurai and Pudzianowski vs. Kawaguchi. Who wins and how?
- Competition in sports never has a predetermined outcome, frequently nothing is decided till the last seconds and the results are unpredictable.

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