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Former KSW heavyweight title challenger, Michał Andryszak (21-8), found himself back in the winning column after a one shot KO win over Romania’s Ion Grigore (7-2) in the main event of Rocky Warriors Cartel 5 in Mrągowo, Poland. 9 seconds into the fight, Andryszak threw a head kick that put his opponent to sleep on the spot. Even considering the 28-year old’s tremendous fight finishing ability this was an outstanding performance and is the shortest fight in his 10-year career.
The Pole, who admitted to struggles with parasitic and fungal infections, stopped his 2 fight skid in outstanding fashion. After performing with a clean bill of health he is awaiting a call from KSW where he is still contracted for further fights.
Igor Michaliszyn (7-2) picked up a unanimous decision victory over the tough Piotr Danelski (5-3). In one of only two fights to enter the second round on the night, Michaliszyn relied on his well-rounded skills and good fight IQ. While he didn’t shy away from a tough striking battle, he took opportunities for the takedown extremely well and was a level above his opponent in the grappling part of the contest.
19-year old Cezary Oleksiejczuk (5-2), brother of UFC fighter Michał Oleksiejczuk, made quick work of Croatia’s Anton Franjic (2-4). The talented youngester showed a dynamic striking game mixing attacks to the head and body that is the calling card of both brothers. However, when Franjic attempted a takedown Oleksiejczuk followed him to the ground and sinched a fight-ending modified guillotine choke at the 1:26 mark of round 1.
His return to the fighting arena might be prolonged as the middleweight said he intends to complete voluntary military service next.
Ankos MMA’s Piotr Kuberski (7-1) continued to show his growth as a striker with a knockout of Markus Cuk (7-7) in round 1. Kuberski, who began his career as a wrestler, kept this fight completely on the feet. The finish came when he circled away from a charging Cuk and connected with a 1-2-3 combination, with the last punch flooring the Croat.
After a 15-month layoff, Adam Niedźwiedź (7-3) returned against the overmatched Alanas Dedul (0-1) from Lithuania. This was a cakewalk for an experienced grappler like Niedźwiedź who immediately took his opponent to the mat and quickly locked in an arm-triangle choke. The fight was over in 28 seconds.
Coventry’s Lion Gym product, Krzysztof Wiśniewski (2-0), fought in his home country for the first time and disposed of Tomasz Ponder (0-1) in less then 4 minutes. Wiśniewski was getting the better of the exchanges in the stand up which forced Ponder to attempt a takedown. Wiśniewski reversed this attempt to end up on top and pounded his way to a victory.
In the pro prelim fight, Mateusz Żukowski (2-0) tapped Bartosz Salwa (0-2) with a triangle choke in round 1. Żukowski withstood a ground-and-pound attack from Salwa, locked up the choke while on his back and swept his opponent to end up on top and elicit the tap.
The only semi-pro contest of the night had Igor Włodarczyk (7-0 amateur) defeating Ramzan Shoshkhanov (0-1 amateur) by decision.
Complete Rocky Warriors Cartel 5 Results:
Michał Andryszak def. Ion Grigore by knockout (head kick) in 0:09 of round one.
Igor Michaliszyn def. Piotr Danelski by unanimous decision.
Cezary Oleksiejczuk def. Anton Franjic by submission (modified guillotine) in 1:26 of round one.
Piotr Kuberski def. Markus Cuk by knockout (left straight) in 2:10 of round one.
Adam Niedźwiedź def. Alanas Dedul by submission (arm-triangle choke) in 0:28 of round one.
Krzysztof Wiśniewski def. Tomasz Ponder by TKO (punches) in 3:38 of round one.
Mateusz Żukowski def. Bertłomiej Salwa by submission (arm-triangle choke) in 3:41 of round one.
Igor Włodarczyk def. Ramazan Shoshkhanov by unanimous decision.