Weigh-in video, courtesy of IronForgesIron.com
In the absence of a UFC event tonight, many of you are going to tune in to Bellator 59 to catch this season’s Heavyweight and Bantamweight tournament finals. But let’s say that Bellator isn’t your scene. Let’s say that you’re the type of person to watch an event and say “This is fun and all, but I’d much rather watch freak show fights and can crushing”. Well, good news: Your favorite Polish promotion, KSW returns tonight with both of the above.
It’s almost fitting that a fighter known for pulling out of fights would pull out of his retirement fight. Astute readers may have remembered that KSW 17 was supposed to be Paulo Filho’s final fight, but that FIlho, as he’s known to do, pulled out of the fight at the last minute. Jesse “JT Money” Taylor has been recruited as a late replacement to take on Mamed Khalidov, who was last seen choking out Matt Lindland at KSW 16.
Speaking of KSW 16, this card also features a rematch between Mariusz Pudzianowski and James Thompson. Their first fight was a surprisingly entertaining affair that saw Thompson walk away victorious. Shogun vs. Henderson it will not be, but it should be a decent fight nonetheless.
Also in action tonight: Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou defends his LHW championship against Jan Blachowicz, who he defeated at KSW 15 to win the vacant title. Meanwhile, Matt Horwich attempts to pick up his first victory since 2010 when he takes on Michal Materla. Horwich has gone 4-9 since the start of 2008.
Full weigh-in results, courtesy of Pro MMA Now:
Aslambek Saidov (77.0 kg/169.4 lbs) vs. Rafa? Moks (76.6 kg/168.5 lbs)
James Zikic (83.7 kg/184.1 lbs) vs. Antoni Chmielewski (84.0 kg/184.8 lbs)
Maciej Jewtuszko (70.1 kg/154.2 lbs) vs. Artur Sowi?ski (70.1 kg/154.2 lbs)
Matt Horwich (84.2 kg/185.2 lbs) vs. Micha? Materla (84.0 kg/184.8 lbs)
Sokoudjou (93.0 kg/204.6 lbs) vs. Jan B?achowicz (93.0 kg/204.6 lbs)
James Thompson (125.3 kg/275.7 lbs) vs. Mariusz Pudzianowski (116.0 kg/255.2 lbs)
Jesse Taylor (84.1 kg/185 lbs) vs. Mamed Khalidov (85.0 kg/187 lbs)