FREAK INJURY … The KSW co-main event was a showdown between promotional newcomer Szymon Kolecki and former World’s Strongest Man winner Mariusz Pudzianowksi. Late in the first frame, Kolecki succeeded in dragging his larger opponent to the canvas. Upon hitting the mat, Pudzianowski immediately clutched his left thigh. Recognizing that “Pudzian” was unable to continue, the referee called a halt to proceedings at the 4:29 mark of Round 1. Kolecki improved to 7-1, while Pudzianowski dipped to 12-7 with one no-contest.
KNOCKOUT KICK … Serbia’s Aleksandar Ilic clashed with Poland’s Damian Janikowski in a middleweight showcase at KSW 47. A former Olympic wrestling bronze medalist, Janikowski used takedowns and top control to dominate the first two rounds. However, early in the third, the tables turned when Ilic threw a high left roundhouse kick that landed flush on the side of his rival’s head and knocked him cold. The official time was 0:32 of Round 3. The triumph saw the “Joker” up his record to 11-2. In defeat, Janikowski fell to 3-2.
Casey Kenney (@CKMMA125) used this devastating finish to make @LFAfighting history tonight on @AXSTVFights, becoming the first champ-champ in the promotion's history.— MMA Junkie (@MMAjunkie) March 23, 2019
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A DOUBLE CHAMP … The LFA 62 headliner pitted reigning interim flyweight champion Casey Kenney against Vince Cachero for the promotion’s vacant bantamweight belt. The bout got off to a fast start, with both fighters throwing down on the feet. The finish came when Kenney grabbed the back of his opponent’s head with both hands and delivered a left knee to Cachero’s chin that rendered him unconscious 1:38 into Round 1. With the win, Kenney, now 11-1 with one no-contest, became the first dual champion in the organization’s history. The loss saw “The Anomaly” drop to 6-1.
Official Results: Mowles def. Kayretli via Tapout (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:21 into Round 3. pic.twitter.com/GE0ySDK06x— AXS TV Fights (@AXSTVFights) March 23, 2019
REAR-NAKED VICTORY … In the LFA 62 co-feature, America’s Levi Mowles squared off with Turkey’s Ahmet Kayretli at bantamweight. Mowles dominated the first stanza with good work on the ground. Kayretli emjoyed some success with his striking in the second. The third round was nearing its end when the American took his grounded adversary’s back close to the cage. From there, Mowles set up the fight-ending rear-naked choke, which elicited the tap at the 4:21 mark. In securing the submission, Mowles rose to 11-4. The setback dropped “The Turk” to 9-3.