(Say, did you hear the one about the Polish MMA promotion? / Image via facebook.com/konfrontacja)
In June, super-heavyweight insult-comic Sean McCorkle snapped a three-fight losing streak when he submitted Mariusz Pudzianowski by first-round kimura at KSW 23: Khalidov vs Manhoef in Gdansk, Poland. As international freak-shows go, it was decent enough. But we had no idea it would be the first chapter in Polish MMA’s next great rivalry.
McCorkle has confirmed with MMAFighting that he’ll be fighting Pudzianowski in a rematch at KSW 24, which is slated for September 28th in Warsaw, Poland. Of course, KSW and Pudzianowski have a reputation for this sort of thing. When the Pudz was submitted by James Thompson at KSW 16 back in May 2011, the promotion set up an immediate rematch at its next event, where Pudzianowski got the nod from the judges despite clearly getting his ass beat. That fight was later overturned to a no-contest due to “judge’s error” (yeah, no shit), but the fact remains — if you beat Poland’s most beloved MMA star on his own turf, they will keep re-booking you until you lose, one way or another.
So how will Pudzianowski get his revenge on Big Sexy? Our prediction: food poisoning.