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Scott Askham vs. Michal Materla 2, Roberto Soldic vs. Krystian Kaszubowski set for KSW 49


Scott Askham and Michal Materla are set to run it back for the vacant middleweight title in the main event of KSW 49, which takes place on May 18 at the Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland.

In the co-main event of the card, Roberto Soldic will look to defend the promotion’s welterweight title for the first time when he clashes with unbeaten Polish prospect Krystian Kaszubowski.

The promotion announced the fights during the live broadcast of KSW 47 on Saturday from Lodz, Poland.

Former UFC middleweight, Askham, scored a devastating first-round stoppage victory over the former KSW champion, Materla, in his promotional debut. Askham stopped the celebrated Polish middleweight with a body kick KSW 42.

After compiling a record of 2-4 under the UFC banner, Askham (17-4-0) is unbeaten since his last bout in the Octagon. His first fight after his UFC exit saw him score a decision win over countryman Luke Barnett. He has won both of his tests under the KSW banner, dispatching both Materla and Marcin Wojcik with body kicks.

One of the greatest middleweights to ever compete under the KSW banner, Materla (27-6-0), holds a healthy record of 18-4 with the promotion. Materla was the last man to hold the promotional title until the legendary Mamed Khalidov, who recently hung up his gloves, dethroned him at KSW 33.

“Cipao” has bounced back from his loss to Askham with two wins. In his first fight back, he scored a second-round finish over Martin Zawada at KSW 44 before handing Olympian Damian Janikowski his first professional loss via first round knockout at KSW 45.

Soldic (15-3-0) featured on MMA Fighting’s ‘European prospects to watch’ feature in 2018 and has continued to outline himself as one of the most promising fighters on the continent. He recently avenged being dethroned by Dricus Du Plessis with third-round stoppage at KSW 45 to reclaim the belt, before stepping in on short notice to stop Vinicius Bohrer in the first round of their catchweight showdown at KSW 46.

Kaszubowski (7-0-0) was listed in MMA Fighting’s ‘European prospects to watch’ feature in 2019. He has scored two first-round finishes in as many outings under the KSW banner. At KSW 42, he stopped Christopher Henze with a hail of elbows just outside of the first minute. It took him two minutes to put away Michal Michalski when they collided at KSW 46.