Martin Lewandowski of KSW will head up the new MMA Polska Association

KSW

Fight promoters in Poland have joined forces to established the MMA Polska Association in a bid to represent the MMA community and progress the sport in the country, with the aim to increase grassroots education and advance the case for MMA as an Olympic sport.

Led by  Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki (KSW) MMA co-founder Martin Lewandowski, the organisation is recognised by and associated with the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF).

This is the first time Poland has had an official oversight body for the sport, and Lewandowski believes it is an important step in increasing pathways and professional within MMA in Poland.

Lewandowski said:

I am a man of action and I have always had my hands full of projects. After 15 years in professional MMA, the time has come to organize the amateur side of the sport. It is a next step in strengthening this discipline. We can say that the MMA University is already here in Poland, now it is time to build the elementary school and high school.

I have walked a bumpy road building MMA from the beginning, making it acceptable in media, among sponsors, fighting stereotypes, pulling MMA out from discos and dingy training rooms without even basic medical care. It is all behind me, behind us.

As an Association we will make sure that all this work will not go down the drain. Nowadays, MMA is among the most watched sports in Poland. I have been creating this discipline from the very beginning and I know every detail both from the sports side and the organization of sport events.”

KSW is growing into one of Europe’s largest MM organisations

KSW

Lewandowski is one of seven founders of the organisation, alongside Marian Kmita, Mariusz Grzywa, Rafał Wachnik, Grzegorz Sobieszek, Mariusz Lewandowski and Iwona Borys-Lewandowska.

They have outlined clear objectivs and aims for the association to achieve in its formative years., covering outreach to clubs, fighters, referees, doctors and all participants as well as unification of processes for participant safety, medical issues, personnel, licensing, rules and regulations, and equipment, with an amateur tournamet schedule planned for late 2019.

Lewandowski added:

“We would like to index the environment, raise safety standards and train young adepts. One of the most important goals is the organization of a series of championship tournaments of the MMA Polska, which will eventually select the Polish National MMA Team. It will be a unique opportunity to internationally represent our country with the Eagle on the chest.”

This marks an exciting time for KSW, with the promoter set to return to The SSE Arena, Wembley, for its KSW 50 show on September 14. This will be its third appearance in London after KSW 32 in 2015 and KSW 45 three years later both drew crowds in excess of 10,000.

The card will feature Phil De Fries defending his heavyweight title and Tomasz Narkun putting his light heavyweight title on the line.

Lewandowski, who launched KSW alongside Maciej Kawulski in 2004, is also nominated for a second consecutive year for Leading Man of the Year at the Fighters Only World MMA Awards – to be held in the first week of July in Las Vegas – while KSW is up for ‘Promotion of the Year’ for a third year in a row.

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