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Phil De Fries captures international heavyweight title on his KSW debut

British heavyweight scores TKO victory to capture KSW international heavyweight title

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British heavyweight Phil De Fries walked into the KSW cage for the very first time and left it wearing championship gold.

The Sunderland-born submission specialist had to weather an early storm in his battle for the vacant KSW international heavyweight title, as his opponent Michal Andryszak came out swinging from the first bell.

The Pole threw a host of heavy-handed strikes that forced De Fries onto the back foot, and for a while it looked like the Brit may have been in trouble up against the cage.

But De Fries used his in-cage savvy to bring the fight to the mat, where he initially pulled guard, then worked his way to top position.

Once there, he moved to half guard, pinned Andryszak’s arm and unloaded a barrage of punishing elbows. Then, with the round running down, the Sunderland man moved to mount and finished with a flurry of ground strikes that forced the referee to step in and end the contest, crowning him the new KSW heavyweight champion.

Du Plessis stuns Soldic to capture welterweight crown

In the night’s main event, South African two-weight EFC champion Dricus Du Plessis produced a superb come-from-behind performance to sensationally finish defending champion Roberto Soldic in the second round of their welterweight title fight.

Soldic came marauding forward in the early stages, hurting Du Plessis with his heavy-handed strikes, but the South African challenger managed to survive the German-based Bosnian’s early assault before turning to his wrestling and grappling to dominate the champion on the mat, as he slammed the champion into the canvas with a huge belly-to-back suplex and locking up a face crank that nearly ended the bout as the first round came to a close.

In the second round the pair traded strikes once again, but this time it was Du Plessis who made the decisive move.

As both fighters stepped in and threw huge hooks, it was Du Plessis who landed, as he sent Soldic crashing to the canvas. The South African challenger then swarmed his downed opponent and finished the fight with a flurry of ground strikes to dethrone the champion in spectacular fashion.

Bahati blitzed by former Olympian

Six years ago, Poland’s Damian Janikowski claimed Greco-Roman bronze at the London 2012 Olympic Games. But now he’s a red-hot European middleweight prospect with a significant win on his record.

Janikowski blitzed British middleweight and former BAMMA and EFC middleweight champion Yannick Bahati with strikes as he ambushed the British fighter in the opening seconds to score a lightning-quick TKO finish in just 18 seconds.

At 28 years of age and having only made his debut last May, Janikowski may be late to the sport of MMA, but he’s already showed that he could potentially be a huge star in KSW.

The former Olympian is definitely one to watch.

Parke racks up win No.25

Northern Ireland’s Norman Parke put on an impressive display to earn a unanimous decision victory over Polish veteran Lucasz Chlewicki.

Parke looked to establish his striking early, using his size and reach advantage to score consistently through the first round and a half, but it wasn’t until Parke loaded up on his kicks that the fight swung decisively in his favour.

The Bushmills man ripped a host of powerful left kicks to the body of Chlewicki that clearly hurt the Pole, and for a moment it looked as if Parke could be heading towards a TKO finish.

But the fight went into the third round and, with Parke dominant, the Northern Irishman ran out a comfortable unanimous decision winner as he registered the 25th win of his mixed martial arts career.

Freelance sports writer and MMA reporter with 19 years’ experience in the UK's national media covering major sporting events including UFC world title fights, Olympic Games, FIFA World Cup, UEFA European Championships, Grand National and the FA Cup Final.

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