KSW 43: Phil De Fries Captures Heavyweight Championship, Du Plessis Takes Welterweight Gold

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KSW heavyweight champion Phil de Fries
Phil de Fries Credit: KSW

KSW 43 crowned both a new heavyweight champion, and saw Dricus Du Plessis capture the welterweight title from Roberto Soldic.

Signing with Poland’s KSW has paid off for for British heavyweight Phil De Fries. On Saturday, making his debut for the promotion after a brief stop in Bellator MMA, De Fries claimed gold at KSW 43 in Wrocław, Poland on Saturday. Facing Michała Andryszaka for the heavyweight title, De Fries got his Polish opponent to the ground early, and made short work of him, sealing the deal with strikes to pick up the TKO — and more importantly, the title.

In the co-main event of KSW 43, Damian Janikowski, bronze medal winner in wrestling at the 2012 Olympics in London, continued his undefeated streak in MMA, improving to 3-0. Wasting little time, the middleweight clipped opponent Yannick Bahati early with a left hand amidst a flurry of strikes. Unleashing a kick and another barrage of strikes, he managed to force Bahati to the ground, then controlled him from the back as he landed blow after blow just behind the ear. The end result, a quick TKO win for Janikowski, who looks to be a real star for KSW.

The main event of Roberto Soldic vs. Dricus Du Plessis saw Soldic, the promotion’s welterweight champ, knock down Du Plessis early, off a combo opened with with a right hand. A stoppage was in the air. However, Du Plessis would storm back, landing a powerful suplex, and taking the back then threatening with a choke to end the round. In the second, Du Plessis continued to find success, and soon connected with a powerful punch, dropping Soldic. Follow-up strikes would seal the deal, and Dricus Du Plessis captured the KSW welterweight crown!

KSW 43 Results:

Dricus Du Plessis def. Roberto Soldic by TKO (strikes), Round 2, 1:37 – for the KSW welterweight championship
Damian Janikowski def. Yannick Bahati by TKO (strikes), Round 1, 0:18
Phil de Fries def. Michal Andryszak by TKO (strikes), Round 1, 3:32 – for the KSW heavyweight championship
Salahdine Parnasse def. Artur Sowinski by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
David Zawada def. Michał Michalski by submission (rear-naked choke), Round 3, 0:48
Norman Parke def. Lukasz Chlewicki by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-25)
Antun Racic def. Kamil Selwa by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
Maciej Kazieczko def. Maciej Kalicinski by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

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