Mamed Khalidov vs. Mariusz Pudzianowski Announced as KSW 77 Main Event

Mariusz Pudzianowski, KSW
Mariusz Pudzianowski, KSW weigh-in Credit: KSW

Two of KSW’s biggest stars will collide in the main event of KSW 77 this December.

On Wednesday, promotion officials announced via press release that heavyweight fan favorite and multi-time World’s Strongest Man winner Mariusz Pudzianowski will face ex-middleweight and light heavyweight champ Mamed Khalidov at the event on December 17, 2022.

Pudzianowski (17-7, 1NC), at age 45, is on the best win streak of his professional fighting career, having come out victorious in five straight match-ups. Most recently, he finished Michal Materla via KO at KSW 70.

All five of the Polish strongman’s most recent wins have come inside the distance, by way of KO/TKO.

42-year old Khalidov has had more of a struggle in recent years. Last time out, in December of 2021, he found himself knocked out by Roberto Soldic — the KSW double-champ who has since jumped ship to ONE Championship. Solic captured the promotion’s 185lb title in the bout.

Prior to that, Khalidov did earn a win over Scott Askham, to reclaim middleweight gold after losing three consecutive fights in 2018 to 2019.

From 2010 to 2018, however, Khalidov went undefeated in MMA, winning 14 straight fights against some of the best fighters not under contract with a major promotion at the time.

KSW 77 takes place in Gliwice, Poland on December 17, 2022 and features bantamweight champion Sebastian Przybysz (10-2) vs. Jakub Wikłacz (13-3-1) in the co-main event spot.