Stationed in Łódź, Poland, the premier Polish promotion returns with KSW 57. The headliner features heavyweight gold, in which the incumbent champion Phil De Fries will look to capture his fourth title defense. However, another belt will be on the line when Bruno Santos and Antun Račić compete for the KSW Bantamweight Champion. Since the card is stacked top to bottom with killer fights, let’s take a closer look at the bantamweight banger slated for Saturday night. The bout is official as Bruno Santos vs. Antun Račić both made weight.
Bantamweight championship bout is safe and ready to go!#KSW57 Official weighin:
✅ Antun Račić 61.0 kg/134 lb
✅ Bruno Santos 61.1 kg/135 lb
— KSW (@KSW_MMA) December 18, 2020
KSW 57: Bruno Santos vs. Antun Račić – Breakdown
Riding a six-fight win streak, Račić (24-8-1) has been unbeaten since 2016. Although the champion hasn’t been the most active, remaining unbeaten for so long is a tall task. Certainly, oddsmakers see value in the champion, but the fight could easily sway towards the challenger. The champion doesn’t get finishes too often, yet he still manages to control fights and win decisions. Undoubtedly, Račić is a tough opponent to look good against. For instance, at KSW 51: Croatia, Damian Stasiak put up a fight but ultimately lost a majority decision to the champion.
With only a single loss to his record, Santos enters the bout on a four-fight win streak. Picking up solid wins over Jhonatan Cieza and Isaias Simões demonstrated his conditioning. Conversely, Santos’s ability to finish also had a definite effect on the betting lines — looking at lines around the world, live betting in Kenya, throughout Europe, and Asia would confirm.
Also, the Brazilian-born fighter has four rear-naked choke submissions, adding to the multitude of attacks he may offer. On top of all that, Santos is only 24 years old with a high ceiling. Not only will KSW 57 offer Bruno Santos and Antun Račić but it will also serve up two more championship belts later in the night.
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