Ahead of KSW 40 James McSweeney accuses Mariusz Pudzianowski of fake fights and abusing HGH
KSW (Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki) is Poland’s biggest MMA promotion and arguably Europe’s biggest. Last May they sold out the Warsaw National Stadium with over 57,000 people in attendance, more than any previous UFC event. The card had its fair share of “freak fights” including Polish rapper “Popek Monster” taking on bodybuilder and Polish TV star Robert Burneika. Another one was the battle of two former professional strongmen competitors as Mariusz Pudzianowski faced Tyberiusz Kowalczyk.
On episode 142 of The FightBox Podcast, the UK’s James McSweeney, who will be fighting Pudzianowski at KSW’s next event on October 22nd, called out this fight as being a sham.
“I’m saying it was a fake fight. It was two friends sparring. That’s why you saw Mariusz out there feeling so relaxed and calm, because he knew the outcome the whole fight. I’ve seen that guy [Kowalczyk] with him in England in Wembley Arena, because he’s his security guard. They train together every day.”
Believe it or not, McSweeney’s claims of fixed fights in KSW are not completely unwarranted. In May of 2012 “Pudzian” fought Bob Sapp in what was unquestionably a fake fight. In fact, Bob Sapp freely admitted this to me on episode 135 of The FightBox Podcast. I also have my doubts as to the validity of Pudzianowski’s fight versus Butterbean in 2010.
When you actually watch the fight against Kowalczyk, it does look as if they two are only sparring. However, Bartosz Batra, Kowalczyk’s trainer and corner man for the fight, begs to differ.
“Man I was with Tyberiusz in hospital after the fight. He was f**ked up, literally f**ked up, leg, face everything.”
Regardless of whether McSweeney is only trying to hype the fight or not, he had some further disparaging accusations against Pudzianowski, claiming that he is abusing Human Growth Hormone.
“Now look at Mariusz Pudzianowski’s belly and tell me he hasn’t abused growth hormone for years. And tell me that every time you touch him on the body he doesn’t wet himself.”
James McSweeney vs Mariusz Pudzianowski
McSweeney and Pudzianowski are scheduled to square off in the main event of KSW 40 in Dublin, Ireland on October 22. This is the second time that KSW has ventured out of their home country of Poland. Coincidentally, this event takes place only one day after the UFC is scheduled to be in Poland for UFC Fight Night 118 in the city of Gdansk.
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