So, KSW has graciously reminded us all that it is the supreme ruler of the fighting world in Poland. Yes, move over UFC, you’ve got some competition! According to KSW President Martin Lewandowski, there’s no need for qualifiers when talking about their popularity. They claim to have even surpassed the mighty UFC. Well, well, well.
This claim was put to the test with their recent mega event called KSW Colosseum 2 at PGE Narodowy in none other than Warsaw itself. And get this – they reportedly had a jaw-dropping attendance of over 50,000 people! Take that UFC!
But don’t just take our word for it; hear it straight from Lewandowski himself. When asked if KWS is bigger than UFC in Poland on The MMA Hour show, he confidently replied with a resounding “yes.” Oh boy.
And where does this unapologetic confidence come from? Well, according to Mr. Lewandowski: “People want to train KSW here in Poland…just like some people want to train UFC over in the good ol’ U.S of A.” Apparently being a leader and pioneer in this market for nearly two decades gives them an edge. Plus they started MMA before anyone else even knew what it was – talk about underground coolness!
If you think America rules everything combat sport related then think again (even though let’s be honest – it actually does). But hey folks try not lose your minds yet because apparently when we’re talking promotions and how fighters are treated (*cough* pampered *cough*), Poland sneaks its way up there. And that’s all thanks to KSW, of course! They’ve been putting on spectacular shows for 19 years now, so they deserve a pat on the back.
Actually wait; let’s give them an Oscar or something for being the best promoter ever…seriously!
Let’s face it though – America is still number one in terms of size and dominance (sorry Poland). But hey, at least being number two isn’t too shabby. Lewandowski also mentioned that KSW pays great attention to detail while tricking people into thinking they’re in ancient Rome watching gladiators fight. Very sneaky indeed!
To be fair though, KSW has some amazing fighters under its belt such as former UFC champ Jan Blachowicz and lightweight contender Mateusz Gamrot (take notes UFC!). Let’s not forget about Polish heroes like World’s Strongest Man legend Mariusz Pudzianowski and Olympic wrestler Damian Janikowski either – these guys are the real deal!
The secret to their success? Well according to Lewandoswki, it all comes down to the epic combination of fighters who are adored by fans and incredible production values. These cats know how hype up a crowd! Plus, we gotta admit those small details like themes play a big role too – who doesn’t love feeling like they’re in the Colosseum ready for bloodshed?
So now that KSW Colosseum 2 has shattered records with its massive attendance, the burning question is: will they conquer North America next?
But alas! The president himself, the wise Mr. Lewandoswki says, “Nah mate. Let’s stick to Europe.” Apparently America’s a tough nut to crack because there are already three dominant promotions hogging up that market (cough *UFC* cough). Besides, being European means better communication and understanding, right? Makes total sense.
However, let it be known that this dream of taking over North America hasn’t completely evaporated for Lewandoswki. Popular Polish fighters like Mamed Khalidov and Mariusz Pudzianowski have some fame across the pond too – in Canada where their fellow countrymen reside abroad. So maybe…just maybe…
All good things take time – especially when you’re planning something as massive as the Colosseum series (Duh!). Sure it might seem amazing to have these events every year just like clockwork but let’s not get ahead of ourselves okay? Planning an event that brings in 50K folks actually takes an entire YEAR! Plus don’t forget all those stars were busy promoting this show around the clock – talk about team effort!
And he said unto them “My first thought was coming every four years”, just think Olympics; makes it so much more mysterious and exciting!
Martin Lewandowski: KSW more popular than UFC in Poland