Heavyweight champ Phil De Fries meets Karol Bedorf in KSW 45 headliner

English heavyweight Phil De Fries will defend his KSW title on home soil.

KSW officials today told MMAjunkie that De Fries (15-6) will put his title on the line against Polish challenger Karol Bedorf (15-3) in the main event of KSW 45, which takes place Oct. 6 at London’s Wembley Arena.

The full card streams live on KSWTV.com.

De Fries is probably best known on the international scene for a disappointing 2-3 run in the UFC that included wins over Oli Thompson and Rob Broughton and losses to Matt Mitrione, Todd Duffee and Stipe Miocic. However, most recently he’s put together a three-fight winning streak while competing under the KSW, Bellator and M-1 Global banners – most recently scoring a first-round TKO win over Michal Andryszak to claim the KSW heavyweight title.

Meanwhile, Bedorf was KSW’s inaugural heavyweight champion, defeating Pawel Nastula at KSW 24 in 2013 to claim the belt. Bedorf would go on to defend the title three times with wins over Rolles Gracie, Michal Kita and James McSweeney before ceding the title to Brazilian Fernando Rodrigues Jr., who would drop the belt in his first attempted defense.

KSW officials have yet to announce the night’s full card, but KSW 45 is expected to feature the man best known as “Popek Monster,” Pawel Mikolajuw (3-3), as well as Damian Janikowski (3-0), Scott Askham (16-4) and Akop Szostak (3-2).

For more on KSW 45, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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