Phil De Fries Defends Heavyweight Title Against Karl Bedorf at KSW 45

Phil de Fries will appear at KSW 43
Phil de Fries Credit: Bellator MMA

KSW 45 in London, England has a heavyweight title set between Phil De Fries and Karl Bedorf.

Phil De Fries is set to make the first defense of his KSW heavyweight title. According to a report by MMA Junkie, KSW officials have booked De Fries to meet former champion Karl Bedorf at KSW 45 on October 6 at London’s Wembley Arena. De Fries captured the vacant title earlier this year, defeating Michał Andryszak to win gold at KSW 43 in April.

De Fries (15-6, 1NC) had a brief stint in the UFC, going 2-3 during his run there from 2011 to 2013. Upon his release from the promotion, he became one of the bigger heavyweight free agents, taking fights in Japan, his native England, Russia, and even making a brief stop in Bellator MMA. This year, he signed up with Poland’s KSW, earning the title in his debut fight. He’s currently riding a three fight win streak.

Bedorf (15-3) was KSW’s inaugural and  longest-serving heavyweight champ. He defended the title on three occasions before dropping it to Brazil’s Fernando Rodrigues Jr. in 2016. After some time off, Beforf bounced back this year, picking up a win over Polish strongman Mariusz Pudzianowski.

KSW 45 takes place October 6 in London, England at the Wembley Arena. Phil De Fries vs. Karl Bedorf is expected to serve as the main event.