Popular Polish strongman Mariusz Pudzianowski halted a two-fight skid with a stoppage of social media star Erko Jun in the Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki 51 headliner in Zagreb, Croatia, on Saturday.
There's life in the old dog yet
Pudzianowski gets the TKO win over Erko Jun. What a fight #KSW51 pic.twitter.com/AvtzvYE7Fh — KSW (@KSW_MMA) November 9, 2019
Both heavyweights began the fight looking for a finish on the feet in the opening stanza. Jun appeared to be in control in Round 2, as he landed ground-and-pound from top position until a standup was ordered due to the Bosnian fighter grabbing the cage. Pudzianowski (13-7) then got a takedown of his own and pounded out Jun (3-1) on the mat, earning a stoppage at the 1:43 of the second frame.
In the co-main event, Borys Mankowski earned a first-round submission against Vaso Bakocevic in a 160-pound catchweight affair. Once the fight hit the canvas, Mankowski took over, as he secured an anaconda choke at the 3:36 mark of the opening stanza.
Earlier, Antun Racic and Damian Stasiak fought for the inaugural KSW bantamweight title. From get-go, the fight was a grappling-centric scrap. When they fight went to the feet, the two traded heavy shots in the middle of the cage. Stasiak was also deducted one point for kneeing a grounded opponent in the fourth round. In the end, it was Racic who claimed the belt with a unanimous decision triumph.
Elsewhere on the card: Daniel Torres beat Filip Pejic by unanimous decision; Ante Delija earned a TKO over Oli Thompson 2:58 into Round 2; Cezary Kesik tapped Aleksandar Ilic with a rear-naked choke 4:27 into the second frame; Ivan Erslan defeated Darwin Rodriguez by TKO at the 1:29 mark of Round 1; Roman Szymanski outpointed Milos Janicic; Krystian Kaszubowski captured a split verdict against Ivica Truscek and Sebastian Przybysz took a three-round decision over Lemmy Krusic.