Heavyweight gold will be on the line when Phil De Fries takes on Darko Stosic at KSW 67 next month.
Promotion officials announced the booking on social media Monday. The event is set to take place on February 26, 2022 in Warsaw, Poland.
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De Fries (20-6, 1NC), at 35, is on the best run of his professional career, which kicked off back in 2009. Having previously competed for both the UFC and Bellator MMA, Britain’s De Fries has hit his stride in KSW, winning eight straight fights, six under the Polish promotion’s banner.
Having captured the KSW heavyweight title in 2018, De Fries has defended the belt five times. Most recently, he turned back now-former champ Tomasz Narkun, who at the time was looking to claim a second title.
De Fries has finished four of his six fights in KSW to date.
Fellow UFC alum Stosic (16-4), who left that promotion with a 1-3 record, has won all three of his bouts since — all inside the KSW cage. Most recently, Stosic won a split decision against Michał Andryszak.
KSW 67 is also expected to feature a welterweight bout between Andrzej Grzebyk (18-4) and Adrian Bartosiński (11-0)— the #3 and #4 ranked fighters in the division, respectively. The fight will be Grzebyk’s second since suffering a broken leg against Marius Zaromskis in 2020. It his last outing, Grzebyk defeated Zaromskis by KO, avenging the less.