After a laughably transparent hype-up, Mariusz Pudzianowski and Eric "Butterbean" Esch squared off Saturday night at KSW 14 in Lodz, Poland. The main event was a disaster before the fight even started. Check out the above video, in which an underprepared Polish soul-singer named Mateusz Krauwurst absolutely murders "The Star Spangled Banner" in a botched tribute to Esch’s homeland/shorts. For reference, here’s a quick phonetic transcript:
"Ohhh say can you see
Mah’downse, duh-early lied
Were so proudly behaaaaaaved
Byyyyy the twilight’s that leaving
[pause, scattered laughter]
Hair the rockets were glare
And the rockets were glurrrrrr…
[singer nervously hums, then quits]"
It didn’t bode well for the 450-pound American power-puncher. And unfortunately, the fight was just as embarassing…
As you can see, ‘Bean finds early success with his jab, and Pudzianowski returns fire with leg kicks. The Polish strongman shoots for a takedown at the vid’s 0:56 mark, and it’s pretty much a wrap from there. As we previously learned in his YAMMA fight against Pat Smith, once Butterbean hits the canvas, he’s not getting up without assistance. And so, Pudzianowski slugs Esch with frantic, sloppy hammerfists until Butterbean taps. The Polish fans roar in triumph, and if I’m not mistaken, start blowing vuvuzelas. Pudzianowski is now 3-1 in his MMA career, and bounces back to the W column after his color-shifting performance against Tim Sylvia in May.