Poland’s No. 1 mixed martial arts promotion Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki returns with its fourth MMA event of the year. KSW 56 has a Poland vs. Croatia theme and is headlined by a middleweight fight between Michal Materla and Roberto Soldic. All fighters made weight and the eight-fight card is now official.
Ever since getting knocked out by Scott Askham, Materla (29-7) has bounced back with two impressive performances. The Polish fighter submitted Wilhelm Ott and picked up a TKO victory over Aleksandar Ilic. A former middleweight champion in the promotion, “Magic” will look to keep his win streak going in the main event. Materla had no issue making weight and came in at 186 pounds.
Moving up in weight is Soldic (17-3), who is KSW’s welterweight champion. He’ll look to defend the pride of Croatia against the naturally bigger fighter in Materla. Soldic won the welterweight strap back from Dricus Du Plessis in 2018 and has since defended it once against Krystian Kaszubowski. This marks the first fight of 2020 for “Robocop,” who has also won two non-title bouts since beginning his second reign at 170. Moving up in weight, Soldic had no issue hitting the middleweight limit and came in at 186 pounds.
The co-main event sees the KSW light heavyweight on the line as Poland’s Tomasz Narkun looks to defend it against Croatian Ivan Erslan. Narkun (17-3) has been the promotion’s light heavyweight king since knocking out Goran Reljic in 2015 and has only tasted defeat since then to Philip De Fries, when he attempted to capture the heavyweight strap as well. Meanwhile, Erslan (9-0, 1 NC) is an undefeated challenger looking to hold gold around his waist for the first time. Both men successfully made weight for the anticipated bout.
KSW 56 will stream exclusively on KSWTV at 2 p.m. ET. The pay-per-view event will set back viewers in the United States $11.
KSW 56 Weigh-in Results:Michal Materla (186) vs. Roberto Soldic (186)
Tomasz Narkun (205) vs. Ivan Erslan (204)
Karolina Owczarz (126) vs. Justyna Haba (124)
Andrzej Grzebyk (171) vs. Marius Zaromskis (167)
Mateusz Legierski (161) vs. Francisco Albano Barrio (161)
Sebastian Rajewski (151) vs. Filip Pejic (151)
Daniel Torres (145) vs. Max Coga (146)
Robert Ruchala (146) vs. Michal Domin (146)