How about the heart, grit, and frankly, the pain tolerance of Poland’s Andrzej Grzebyk? The Polish welterweight appeared to break his leg on a kick (checked by opponent Marius Zaromskis) early on during the pair’s KSW 56 fight on Saturday.
Despite the obvious discomfort, Grzebyk kept on fighting, unable to stand by the end of the round. After the initial sequence, Grzebyk found himself backed up the fence, under fire, and was eventually taken down. Fighting off his back no doubt helped him last a few minutes longer than he might have otherwise. However, when the ref opted to stand the pair up, Grzebyk struggled to get back to his feet.
Some wince-inducing “highlights” can be seen below.
Looks like Andrzej Grzebyk broke his leg on a kick and couldn’t stand up at the end of the round giving the Whitemare Marius Zaromskis the TKO win #KSW56 pic.twitter.com/BQvYUCYCJS
— Will (@ChillemDafoe) November 14, 2020
The fight was Grzebyk’s second in KSW, and he entered off a nine-fight win streak. Zaromskis, who has competed for Strikeforce, Bellator, and DREAM among other promotions, was making his KSW debut in the fight. It will certainly be one to remember — rather unfortunately so, in the case of Andrzej Grzebyk.
Andrzej Grzebyk suffers a broken leg. Zaromskis wins his KSW debut! #KSW56
What heart by Grzebyk to fight for five minutes with a broken leg!! pic.twitter.com/g3pVQBkLG4
— KSW (@KSW_MMA) November 14, 2020
With the injury TKO win, Zaromskis improved his pro record to 22-9, 1NC on Saturday. Grzebyk meanwhile dropped to 17-4. KSW 56 was topped by a non-title bout featuring welterweight champion Roberto Soldic making the move to middleweight to take on ex-champ Michal Materla.