KSW 53 saw a little bit of drama unfold at Friday’s weigh-in.
The event is the promotion’s first since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. In a grudge match atop the card, lightweights Norman Parke and Mateusz Gamrot were expected to throw down for the undisputed title. However, Parke, a former member of the UFC, came in heavy for the fight, missing championship weight by 3.3lbs.
Parke (28–6–1, 1NC) held interim lightweight gold in the Polish promotion, an honor he won at KSW 50 back in 2019. Gamrot (15-0, 1NC) won the KSW featherweight belt last year, adding it to his 155lbs title.
The pair have met twice before. Gamrot won the original meeting in 2017 at KSW 39. A rematch later that year at KSW 40 saw things get heated when Parke suffered an accidental eye poke. The bout resulted in a No Contest.
The pair’s third meeting will now move forward as a non-title affair. Full weigh-in results are below.
KSW 53 Weigh-In Results
Main Event – Lightweight
Mateusz Gamrot (70.3kg/155lb) vs. *Norman Parke (71.8kg/158.3lb)
Co-Main Event – Lightweight
Borys Mankowski (70.7kg/156lb) vs. Marcin Wrzosek (70.4kg/155lb)
Tomasz Drwal (83.9kg/185lb) vs. Lukasz Bienkowski (84kg/185lb)
Andrzej Grzebyk (77.2kg/170lb) vs. Tomasz Jakubiec (77.4kg/171lb)
Roman Szymanski (70.7kg/156lb) vs. Filip Pejic (70.5kg/155lb)
Artur Sowinski (70.4kg/155lb) vs. Gracjan Szadzinski (70.5kg/155lb)
Kamil Szymuszowski (79.1kg/174lb) vs. Michal Pietrzak (79.6kg/175lb)
Sebastian Przybysz (61.1kg/135lb) vs. Jakub Wiklacz (61.6kg/136lb)
*Parke misses weight, five round non-title bout