Mariusz Pudzianowski, World's Strongest Man, Wins MMA Debut



Five-time World's Strongest Man winner Mariusz Pudzianowski needed less than a minute to win his mixed martial arts debut on Friday in Poland, pummeling an opponent named Marcin Najman by TKO just 43 seconds into the first round.

The fight, which took place in Pudzianowski's native Poland, didn't tell us much about what kind of fighter he can be: Najman didn't have any MMA experience and wasn't able to provide him with any kind of challenge at all.

There's a whiff of "freak show" to the idea of a World's Strongest Man competitor beating someone up in an MMA ring, but Pudzianowski says he's long been interested in martial arts and is taking MMA seriously. I don't think we're ever going to see Pudzianowski beat a high-level opponent, but as someone who enjoys both MMA and strongman competitions, I confess that I like the idea of Pudzianowski crossing over from one to the other.

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