What We Want to See From KSW in 2020

KSW in 2020
Scott Askham attends media training before KSW 52 at 'Warszawa Sporty Walki MMA Centrum' in Warsaw, Poland, on 2 December 2019. (Photo by Foto Olimpik/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The calendar has flipped to 2020 and it’s another year in the books for KSW. The organization completed its 16th year of entertainment with six events. Furthermore, the six events entailed 53 bouts with nine being for titles. As a result, there were three interim title fights, one inaugural title fight, one vacant title fight, and four defences. With KSW 47 through KSW 52 completed in 2019, we can expect 2020 to be an even bigger year. Here are a few things we would like to see in 2020 from KSW.

Featherweight Unification Bout

With double champ Mateusz Gamrot taking some time away from the cage, it opened the door for rising young French star Saladhine Parnasse to earn the interim featherweight title. Parnasse is currently 5-0 since joining KSW. He had a dominant title defence in his last outing at KSW 52 against veteran Ivan Buchinger. With both fighters sporting undefeated records and an ability to bring their opponent into deep waters, this could easily be KSW’s fight of the year for 2020.

Scott Askham vs Dricus Du PlessisĀ 

KSW fans around the world will be thanking the MMA gods if this middleweight title bout is ever announced. Scott Askham won the vacant title via a four-man tournament after the legend Mamed Khalidov vacated the title. After going 2-0 in KSW for 2019 and securing the middleweight title, Askham is by far the best fighter in the division. Thanks to the latest addition to the division, Dricus Du Plessis, there is new blood to the division with knockout power. Du Plessis is the former KSW welterweight champion and feels the move up in weight will benefit him. Du Plessis was victorious via second-round TKO in his division debut at KSW 50.

A Heavyweight Title Fight We Did Not Get in 2019

At KSW 50 we were supposed to get a heavyweight title bout between Phil De Fries and Damian Grabowski. Grabowski blew onto the KSW scene earning a second-round TKO victory over former champion Karol Bedorf at KSW 49 in May 2019. De Fries has been nothing short of dominant in KSW. His win over light heavyweight champion Tomasz Narkun put him as the organization’s pound for pound king. With three successful title defences, a battle with the UFC veteran Grabowski would be nothing short of fireworks for KSW fans. KSW’s first event of 2020 is scheduled for March 21, 2020 with KSW 53: Fight Code. As of now, the card is set to feature welterweight champion Roberto Soldic, heavyweight Mariusz Pudzianowski, and Karol Bedorf.

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