KSW’s next show has its headliner, as the promotion has scheduled a champion vs. champion fight for the KSW 42 main event.
With champion vs. champion battles all the rage in MMA of late, Poland’s KSW is getting in on the action. Now one of the largest players in Europe, the promotion has set its middleweight and light heavyweight champions on a collision course in the KSW 42 main event. There, middleweight King Mamed Khalidov will face light heavyweight title holder Tomasz Narkun.
Mamed Khalidov is back to take another crown! The KSW middleweight champion will face the KSW light heavyweight champ in the #KSW42 main event!
👑 Tomasz Narkun ❓
👑 Borys Mańkowski ✅
👑 Michał Materla ✅ pic.twitter.com/PZzBCxAkBH
— KSW (@KSW_MMA) January 8, 2018
The 37-year old Khalidov (34–4–2) is coming off another champion vs. champion fight, where he defeated KSW welterweight champion Borys Mankowski. The catchweight battle saw Khalidov earn a unanimous decision. The Polish fighter, of Chechen and Russian descent, holds notable wins over Jesse Taylor, Igor Pokrajac, Tor Troeng, Jason Guida, Jorge Santiago, Melvin Manhoeff and others.
Khalidov last defended his middleweight title against Aziz Karaoglu at KSW 35 back in 2016.
Tomasz Narkun (14-2) captured the KSW light heavyweight title at KSW 32 against Goran Reljic. He has won all three title defenses since, including one against Pride, UFC, and Bellator vet Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou, himself a former KSW champion. Narkun will enter the battle against Khalidov on a five fight win streak dating back to May 2015.
KSW 42 takes place March 3 at the Atlas Arena in Lodz, Poland.