Something is rotten in Lodz.
KSW, Poland's leading MMA organization, held their seventeenth event on Saturday at the Atlas Arena, in Lodz, Poland. Headlining the event was middleweight Mamed Khalidov taking on late-replacement and 'The Ultimate Fighter' alumnus Jesse Taylor. Former strongman Marius Pudzianowski faced off against James Thompson in the co-main event.
But before those bouts even took place, the event was filled with controversy. In any fight that went to a decision, no scores were ever announced (to my knowledge, no score cards were ever made available). That became problematic when the Polish fighters, who appeared more often than not to be on the end of a losing effort, were awarded extra rounds or fights themselves.
Both Matt Horwich and James Zikic found themselves in such a predicament. Despite controlling much of the action, Horwich was forced to go to an extra round with Michal Materla, one where he subsequently lost. Zikic's bout was closer but arguably did enough to take the nod. He was awarded a split-decision loss by the ringside judges.
Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou appeared to have legitimately lost to Jan Blachowicz, thereby surrendering his KSW light heavyweight strap. Sokoudjou looked listless and offensively mute for much of the bout, unable to stop takedowns or work effectively from his back. Blachowicz was no offensive dynamo, but through sheer effort and attempts made enough of a case for himself to earn the nod.
UFC veteran Maciej Jewtuszko was blasted into unconsciousness by Artur Sowinski just 46 seconds into the first round.
In the main event, Khalidov made short work of 'JT Money'. After being taken down with release ease by the American wrestler, Khalidov initially attempted an armbar, but used it all to eventually transition to a kneebar. Taylor was forced to tap just 46 seconds into the first round.
And that's where things got interesting.
KSW fights are typically two rounds. Thompson easily controlled the first and lost the second. There's little grounds to argue otherwise. Yet, no extra round was announced - the practice in KSW when there is a draw after two rounds - and Pudzianowski was awarded the majority decision victory. Again, no scores were announced.
Thompson, none too pleased with the judging by KSW, took to the microphone to voice his extreme displeasure.
Video of Thompson's tirade:
And the text:
"F**king joke. Give Mariusz a big round of applause. Come on. What a f***ing joke. I thought KSW was really trying to be serious. If you can watch that back and call that serious, then (looking at the promoter) you're f***ed, and KSW is going down the f***ing toilet."
Full KSW 17 results below:
Mamed Khalidov defeated Jesse Taylor via submission (kneebar) at :46 in round 1
Mariusz Pudzianowski defeated James Thompson via majority decision (no scores announced)
Jan Błachowicz defeated Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou via unanimous decision (no scores announced)
defeated Matt Horwich via unanimous decision in an overtime round (no scores announced)
Artur Sowiński defeates Maciej Jewtuszko via KO (punches) at :46 in round 1
Antoni Chmielewski defeated James Zikic via split decision in an overtime round (no scores announced)
Aslambek Saidov defeated Rafal Moks via majority decision (scores not announced)