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Oktagon MMA lightweight champion, Mateusz Legierski, will not be making his KSW debut in July after all.
Legierski (6-0) garnered some attention in May when it was revealed that the Czech-Slovak organisation would be sharing him with KSW. It was a deal which highlighted how cross-promotion could benefit multiple companies across the continent, especially when a champion is involved. However, the undefeated Pole has suffered an injury and is out of KSW 53 on July 11.
KSW confirmed the withdrawal in a tweet on Thursday and announced that Croatian, Filip Pejic, would step in and fight Roman Szymanski as a replacement opponent at lightweight. The event will be available to purchase on KSWTV.com and takes place behind closed doors in Warsaw, Poland.
Pejic (14-3-2) signed with KSW last year and defeated Filip Wolanski by second-round TKO in his promotional debut. Around seven months later, ‘Nitro’ got the opportunity to compete in front of his home country in Zagreb, Croatia at KSW 51 but dropped a unanimous decision to Daniel Torres. The 27-year-old has a sole UFC appearance and has finished 12 of his 14 professional victories.
Szymanski (12-5) recently worked his way to an interim featherweight title shot against rising star, Salahdine Parnasse, but was stopped by strikes in the second round. He responded by moving to 155lbs and his much-improved stand-up led to a unanimous decision victory over Milos Janicic, who was on a ten-fight winning streak at the time. The 27-year-old Polish veteran has also gone the distance with Marcin ‘The Polish Zombie’ Wrzosek, Marian Ziolkowski and Joilton Lutterbach over his eight-year career.
The event is expected to be headlined by a lightweight title unification bout between champion, Mateusz Gamrot, and interim belt holder, Norman Parke, in the third meeting between the two.