KSW 50: Roberto Soldic gets new opponent for Wembley showcase

LONDON – Croatian wrecking machine Roberto Soldic will no longer put his KSW welterweight title on the line at KSW 50 on September 14, but he will remain on the fight card for the Polish promotion’s landmark show.

Soldic (16-3 MMA, 4-1 KSW) was set to face Patrik Kincl at the SSE Arena, Wembley in a welterweight title defense this weekend. But when the Czech challenger was forced to withdraw from the bout due to injury, KSW officials moved quickly to preserve Soldic’s place on the card.

As a result, the noted knockout artist will now take on former Polish wrestling champion Michal Pietrzak (8-3 MMA, 0-0 KSW) in a 176-pound non-title catchweight contest.

Pietrzak has most recently competed in the middleweight division for Polish regional promotion Babilon MMA, where he has reeled off three consecutive wins since June 2018. Now he is set to drop an additional 10 pounds to make his KSW debut against the hard-hitting Soldic, who heads into the event with a hat-trick of knockout finishes from his last three outings.

The card has also been boosted by the addition of former welterweight champion Dricus du Plessis (12-2 MMA, 1-1 KSW), who returns to KSW action after moving up to ply his trade in the middleweight division. He’ll take on German-based Brazilian Joilton Santos (30-7), who will be making his promotional debut on a stellar run of form, having won 17 of his last 18 contests, including 10 first-round finishes.

Moving up: Former KSW welterweight champion Dricus Du Plessis (Pic: KSW)

The event is headlined by a heavyweight title clash between Britain’s defending champion Phil De Fries and Brazil’s Luis Henrique, while light heavyweight champion Tomasz Narkun will also put his belt on the line against Przemyslaw Mysiala.

The card also features a third title fight, as Northern Ireland’s Norman Parke and Poland’s Marian Ziolkowski face off for the vacant interim lightweight title.

The confirmed KSW 50 fight card for London now includes:

  • Phil De Fries vs. Luis Henrique (KSW heavyweight title)
  • Tomasz Narkun vs. Przemyslaw Mysiala (KSW light heavyweight title)
  • Norman Parke vs. Marian Ziolkowski (KSW interim lightweight title)
  • Roberto Soldic vs. Michal Pietrzak
  • Damian Janikowski vs. Tony Giles
  • Antoni Chmielewski vs. Jason Radcliffe
  • Dricus Du Plessis vs. Joilton Santos
  • Aleksandra Rola vs Catherine Costigan

Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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