“World’s Strongest Man” Mariusz Pudzianowski is a beast of a man. He’s one of the few active fighters whose sheer size rivals UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar. Big muscles don’t mean much in a ring though if you don’t know how to use them, and it showed in his second professional fight yesterday against Yasute Kawaguchi (don’t worry, you’re not supposed to know who he is) at KSW 13. Pudzianowski managed to pull off a majority decision win, but it wasn’t pretty. He charged Kawaguchi like a raging bull out of the gate with a wild flurry and a hulking throw, but slowed down considerably after that. The wide looping punches he threw from range were ineffective, but he was able to outmuscle Kawaguchi in the clinch and hold top control for long enough to get the win.
Thing is, we shouldn’t expect Pudzianowski to be an expert at this point — he’s only fought two professional fights — but like Brock Lesnar, he comes into this sport with a big name and consequently big expectations. What he doesn’t have though is an accomplished amateur wrestling background like Brock to complement his freakish size and strength. He’s scheduled to fight Tim Sylvia in two weeks at a Moosin MMA show in Worchester, Massachusetts. Tim Sylvia’s stock has fallen drastically since he fought Fedor, but he’s still an accomplished mixed martial artist with years and years of experience over Pudzianowski. As long as he can weather the early storm, Sylvia shouldn’t have too much trouble taking the wind out of Pudzianowski’s sails.
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