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Five-times world’s strongest man turned MMA fighter Mariusz Pudzianowski eyes 60,000 stadium shows after viral uppercut knockout win


Former World’s Strongest Man Mariusz Pudzianowski has big plans after leveraging his signature strength in his last MMA fight in Poland.

Pudzianowski (17-7) annihilated opponent Michael Materla (31-9) with a vicious uppercut in the first round of their main event match at KSW 70 in Lodz last month.

Materla needed medical attention after nasty knockout

The 45-year-old is now riding a five-fight winning streak in KSW and has scored knockouts in all of his recent wins. It’s the best winning run of his career after the Pole decided to switch to MMA at the age of 32.

Pudzianowski plans to take his MMA career to the next level by fighting in front of 60,000 people at the Polish National Stadium in Warsaw.

“It will probably be the national stadium in Poland like two or three years ago, with 60,000 fans. So when we sign the document on the dotted line, probably the national stadium and 60,000 people,” Pudzianowski told The MMA Hour.

‘Pudzian’ even has an opponent in mind for his Stadion Narodowy extravaganza – former KSW middleweight and light heavyweight champion Mamed Khalidov.

Five-times world’s strongest man turned MMA fighter Mariusz Pudzianowski eyes 60,000 stadium shows after viral uppercut knockout win
Pudzianowski left casually after scoring the scary knockout
@pudzianofficial – instagram
Five-times world’s strongest man turned MMA fighter Mariusz Pudzianowski eyes 60,000 stadium shows after viral uppercut knockout win
Pudzianowski is proud of his accomplishments as a strongman
@pudzianofficial – instagram


“Mamed, this is going to be an interesting challenge. When I started MMA, I learned everything from Mamed. I watched him, and now maybe we’ll meet some gloves one day. It could be a very interesting challenge for me, in particular,” added Pudzianowski.

“Most likely it could be the next fight, but we still have time before that happens. I don’t think about that at the moment.

“When I’m ready it will be in about a year, so it will be 12 months of hard work, real hard work. I will not be laid back. I will work very hard.

Prior to his MMA debut in 2009, Pudzianowski was a top strongman and was crowned “World’s Strongest Man” in 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2008 while winning silver in 2006 and 2009.


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