KSW, Poland’s top mixed martial arts promotion, has announced that Eric “Butterbean” Esch will face five-time “World’s Strongest Man” Mariusz Pudzianowski in the main event of KSW 14 on September 18 in Lodz, Poland.
Pudzianowski (2-1) began his MMA career with back-to-back wins in KSW before tapping to punches in the second-round against former UFC champ Tim Sylvia in his U.S. debut with Moosin in May.
A PRIDE veteran, Butterbean (15-7-1) won three-straight before being stopped in just 40-seconds in his most-recent fight in March.
KSW was also in talks with Aleksander Emelianenko, the brother of former top-ranked heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko, but he will not fight for the promotion after reportedly testing positive for Hepatitis C, which follows him being pulled from “Affliction: Banned” in July 2008 for a positive test.
Pictured: Mariusz Pudzianowski