Fight Facts: KSW 62

By: Jay Pettry
Jul 20, 2021

Fight Facts is a breakdown of all of the interesting information and cage curiosities on every card, with some puns, references and portmanteaus to keep things fun. These deep stat dives delve into the numbers, providing historical context and telling the stories behind those numbers.

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KSW soldiered on in its private studio with an action-packed East Coast afternoon of bouts. KSW 62, which treated fans to as many first-round finishes as any event in a long time, brought with it a grudge match and a grudge rematch that both ended violently. This event featured one of the largest betting favorites in company history doing what he should be doing, a gruesomely powerful slam and a comical comeback in slow motion.

No Stakes, No Problem: For the first time in KSW championship history, back-to-back events came and went with non-title headliners. KSW 61 saw Mariusz Pudzianowski take out Lukasz Jurkowski at heavyweight, and Szymon Kolecki wrecked Akop Szostak with no gold on the line on top of KSW.

Dobry Zaklad: Three fighters closed as huge betting favorites above -500, and all three – Kolecki, Andrzej Grzebyk and Lom-Ali Eskiev – all won by first-round stoppage.

Sensei Will Had a Sore Throat After: Six of the nine matches of the night ended by finish in the first round, tying KSWs 8 and 39 for the second-most at a single KSW event. KSW Elimination 1 in 2007 in saw the most, with eight of its 10 fights ending in Round 1, including a toe hold and a flying armbar.

That’s a Knockout!!! Kolecki obliterated Akop Szostak in under a minute with a well-timed uppercut. The Olympic gold medalist now boasts a 90 percent finish rate, with every stoppage coming by knockout.

Easy Money: Closing as a massive -900 favorite for his headliner, Kolecki became the fourth-largest betting favorite in company history. The greatest odds disparity goes to Ariane Lipski at -1425 before submitting Mariana Moraes (+675) at KSW 40 in 2017.

Sweet, Sweet Revenge: Returning from a leg injury suffered against Marius Zaromskis in late 2020, Grzebyk put the longtime vet away in the rematch in just over two minutes. Each of the last seven victories for the man known as “Double Champ” have come by knockout.

Nightmare for the Whitemare: Zaromskis, a 21-year veteran, suffered his first knockout loss since October 2012, when Andrey Koreshkov flattened “The Whitemare” three seconds later than Grzebyk could. At that time, only four of the other men on the card including his opponent had yet to make their pro debuts.

Bartos Bombing Run: Adrian Bartosinski punched out Michal Michalski in the first round, and lifted his undefeated record to 11-0 with the win. “Bartos” celebrates a career knockout rate of 82 percent with the win, having finished each of his last nine foes inside the distance.

Calling Claressa Shields: After losing two dominant rounds to Filip Bradaric, Tomasz Sarara forced Bradaric to tap out when taking mount. This technical knockout due to retirement is the first since Hatef Moeil called it at the end of the second around against Marcin Wojcik at KSW 42 in 2018.

Betraying His Surname: Dropping a split decision to Sebastian Rajewski, Artur Sowinski now holds the most defeats (nine) in KSW history. He passes Antoni Chmielewski for this distinction.

Slam ‘Em If You Got ‘Em: Slamming the previously undefeated Borys Borkowski into a TKO stoppage, Marcin Krakowiak has still finished all of his opponents in victory. All three career defeats for “Krakus” came on the scorecards.

Kracking Sound: The end coming when Borkowski injured his elbow defending the throw, Krakowiak scored just the second win in KSW history by slam. The first occurred from Chmielewski at KSW 34 in 2016 over Svetlozar Savov.

Never Say Never Again: Coming into KSW 62, Sarara had never competed in MMA (48 kickboxing matches), Gilber Ordonez had never competed in Europe (10 fights) and Borkowski had never been defeated.

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