There’s a lot more work that goes into putting on a combat sports event than just the fighters training and fighting. There are countless jobs involved including promoters, matchmakers, audio / visual crews, ring announcers, ring girls, sponsors, TV personnel and many others. That’s the side of the Makowski Fighting Championship 12 event I tried to bring to light in episode 140 of The FightBox Podcast, at least my own small part that I played in that event as a commentator and journalist.
In this episode I strayed a bit from the normal format as I recorded the intro and outro of the show live in my car and at the hotel as I documented my experience from start to finish. I also managed to get an interview with Pawel Jedrzejczyk who defeated Guillermo Blokland to become the inaugural MFC -80 kg Kickboxing Champion in the main event.
Pawel Jedrzejczyk is a five-time world champion and is known as one of Poland’s premiere kickboxing and Muay Thai talents. He was the first Polish fighter to ever win at the famous Rajadamnern Stadium in Thailand and was also the first Polish fighter to compete for Glory Kickboxing. In the twelve events that MFC has held, Jedrzejczyk has fought on ten of them and has won nearly every time.
Having the best seat in the house at ringside, I could see it was a tough fight with a lot of hard battles fought in the clinch. Blokland was the fourth opponent scheduled for Jedrzejczyk with three previous opponents having pulled out on short notice. However, “Wergi” feels that his opponent must have been training hard and ready for a fight saying “You cannot fight with me five rounds in this style when you are not prepared”.
Rebounding from two straight losses in Glory Kickboxing (Glory 27 and 38), he now seems to be refocused and determined to reach his career goal of facing one of kickboxing’s top talents. He made mention of a possible fight in Kunlun next year with his sights set on none other than the -80 kg tournament champion Artur Kyshenko. Jedrzejczyk also hinted at another big fight that could be coming his way in 2018 in Thailand and stated that work has already begun on the construction of his new “Wergi Gym” which should be opening its doors in 2019.
Overall my experience at MFC was very positive, as it always is. Makwoski Fighting Championship is often overlooked as one of Poland’s top fight promotions and I don’t know why. The production level, quality of the fights and the level of the fighters they use is all first class. I recommend you check this episode out if you’ve ever wondered what a combat sports event looks like from the commentator’s perspective or if you’re looking for something different from The FightBox Podcast. Next week my guest will be Marcin Held, a UFC fighter who will be fighting in his home country of Poland at UFC Fight Night 118 on October 21st.