Bantamweight, Light Heavyweight Title Fights Join KSW 77 on December 17

Ibragim Chuzhigaev KSW
Ibragim Chuzhigaev Credit: KSW

With the KSW 77 card already featuring the massive Mariusz Pudzianowski vs. Mamed Khalidov fight next month, the Polish promotion’s final event of 2022 has gotten even bigger.

On Wednesday, KSW officials announced via press release that two title fights had joined the fray. At light heavyweight, Ibragim Chuzhigaev (16-5) will attempt the first defense of his title against Croatian Ivan Erslan (12-1). Bantamweight champ Sebastian Przybysz (10-2), meanwhile, puts his belt on the line in the evening’s co-main event, opposite Jakub Wiklacz (13-3-1).

Chuzhigaev won the KSW 205lb title against promotional stalwart Tomasz Narkun earlier this year. That extended the Turkish standout’s win streak to seven straight. In his 21-fight career, Chuzhigaev holds wins over Bellator, Cage Warriors and PFL vet Lee Chadwick, UFC vet David Mitchell, Bellator/UFC vet Mike Rhodes, and others.

Erslan’s only loss, for his part, came against former champ Narkun in November 2020. He has not lost since, winning his last three bouts, two of which came under the KSW banner.

Sebastian Przybysz captured bantamweight gold against Antun Racic in 2021, and has defended the title twice since. He and Wiklacz have met twice before, with the pair’s career series tied at one win apiece.

KSW 77 is set to take place on December 17, 2022 at the Arena Gliwice in Gwlice, Poland.