An important fight in the KSW light heavyweight division has been added to KSW 44 on June 9 as Irish veteran Chris Fields (12-7-1) takes on Brazilian KO artist Wagner Prado (13-3).
A former Cage Warriors champion and TUF contestant, Fields made his KSW debut in his hometown of Dublin last October in a winning effort against Michal Fijalka. The 34-year-old showed veteran craftiness en route to a unanimous decision victory in front of one of the biggest crowds ever in Ireland for an MMA event.
The SBG product was scheduled to compete at KSW 42 at the beginning of the year however due to adverse weather conditions in Europe all flights were cancelled. This along with facing an opponent like Prado has the Irishman fired up.
"I’m looking forward to putting on a show for the fans after the disaster of the last time not getting to make it to compete," said Fields. "Prado is an explosive fighter but has shown he can’t grapple. He has been choked and knee barred.... and I like both!"
Earlier this week it was revealed that Prado had signed
a multi-fight contract with KSW. The 30-year-old has garnered a fierce reputation in Brazil as a finisher and dangerous KO artist having won all but one of his fights via KO/TKO. After going 8-0 as a professional he was snapped up by the UFC in 2012 and competed three times for the promotion including a pair of fights against Phil Davis. In late 2013 he returned to the Brazilian scene and picked up where he left off and has went 5-1 with five devastating stoppages in that time.
Both men will be gunning for a shot at the KSW light heavyweight title held by Tomasz Narkun, who just defeated the legend Mamed Khalidov in a fight of the year candidate in March at KSW 42.
KSW 44 takes place June 9 from the Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland and will be available live around the world on www.KSWTV.com
KSW 44 Fight Card:
Karol Bedorf (14-3) vs. Mariusz Pudzianowski (12-5)
Kleber Koike Erbst (23-4-1) vs. Marcin Wrzosek (13-4)
Tomasz Oswiecinski (1-0) vs. Erko Jun (0-0)
Michal Materla (25-6) vs. TBA
Chris Fields (12-7-1) vs. Wagner Prado (13-3)
Gracjan Szadzinski (7-2) vs. Paul Redmond (14-6)
More fights to be added.