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5X Worlds Strongest Man, Mariusz Pudzianowski, set for MMA debut

MariuszThe man that can currently lay claim to being the strongest man on the face of the planet is set to bring some serious pain to the world of mixed martial arts in the near future.

Five-time Worlds Strongest Man, Mariusz Pudzianowski, has been announced to face off with fellow MMA newcomer Marcin Najman in a heavyweight match-up set for Warsaw, Poland as the headliner for an event titled KSW 12.

The most decorated champion in the history of The Worlds Strongest Man, Pudzianowski captured the title a record five times during the years of 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, and 2008.

Also affectionately referred to as Super Mario, Pudzian, Dominator, and possibly the gnarliest nickname of all time, The Big Python, Pudzianowski is a fourth kyu green belt in Kyokushin kaikan Karate which he has been studying and training since just eleven years of age. On top of his many years spent practicing Karate, Mariusz has also trained in competitive boxing for over seven years now.

As it stands right now, the 6’1″, 285 pound freak of nature is also listed as the top competitor in this years Worlds Strongest Man competition, which is slated to take place between the dates of September 26 and October 3. This years event will be hosted from Malta, a beautiful independent island in the center of the Mediterranean.

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  • BigDave says:

    That a Big MoFo!

    Never heard of him but looking like that I feel bad for the poor sap there going to feed him and thats before he steps in the cage.

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  • freebirdjd says:

    Well, to be fair they always wear knee braces because they are lifting insane amounts of weight and walking around with it, so it helps to prevent injuries. But I do agree that just being a big strong freak does not automatically translate to MMA, curious to see about his cardio, chin, and knees.

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  • korzen says:

    KSW = Konfrontacje Sztuk Walki [eng. Martial Arts Confrontations]

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  • Gurthee says:

    Whoever photoshopped his head on to my body in those pictures sure did a good job.

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  • ace328 says:

    World’s Strongest Man tests for steroids so he probably won’t have a problem with testing if he fights in the US down the line. That guy probably hits like a Mac truck and apparently has some experience in the standup.

    The biggest problem for him is that he’s starting at age 32 and isn’t a master of anything except being really strong. If he works hard at it he should be able to find moderate success IMO.

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  • Angry Mike says:

    They guy may pass a test for ‘roids and other performance enhancing substances on that are in advance, but I’ll eat his weight belt (smoked over apple wood with a vinegar-based bbq sauce, please) if he can pass random tests administered on a monthly or bi-monthly basis.

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  • ace328 says:

    Does anybody do random tests besides the NSAC? I’m not even sure if how random those actually are because you hear about fighters knowing about when they’ll have to piss.

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  • metalmulisha says:

    Was this topic about steroids? I missed it reading the article.

    Pudzianowski has an background in Kyokushin karate and boxing so it’s not like he’s totally green when it comes to combat sports.
    Not to mention he’s a freak athlete. That’s the main reason he’s won all these Strongest man titles. Most of the other guys are much bigger, but he has such explosive power it unreal.

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  • fanoftna33 says:

    We have seen strongmen in competition before, and this will probably end up about the same. With that much mass the guy will be tremendoulsy slow compaired to a trained professional fighter. I think Dream should have included this guy in the super hullk tournament.

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  • edub says:

    Yes yes yes! Ive been waiting for one of these guys to cross over for a little while now. And the one with the most potential did! This guy is INSANELY POWERFUL if youve never watched the contest. I really wish there was some way I could watch this fight.

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  • korzen says:

    Look at his foot work :) an some speed – i think he has some unique speed for a heavy guy like Brock Lesnar. He is not big, slow dude.,44,1155,1,salsa_mariusza_i_magdaleny,4,archiwum_wideo.html – salsa, funny, this is polish version of Dancing with the Stars (Taniez z Gwiazdami), he got 2 place.

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  • themml says:

    It is true he did the Polish version of DAncing with the Stars

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  • Niv says:

    I’m curious to see what this guy brings to the table. If people can get excited about Brock, then I don’t understand how they feel this guy who’s been doing karate since he was a kid and boxed for the past seven years isn’t going to have real potential.

    I say after one win they sign him in the UFC and give him a title shot.

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  • Niv says:

    Even though I was sarcastic about giving him a title shot in the UFC, I was just talking with a good buddy of mine who’s an ex-Olympic weightlifter and he is absolutely pumped about Pudzianowski.

    He thinks this guy is a freaking animal and has such explosive power and agility that he is absolutely positive with his martial arts and boxing background that he’ll transition into mma very quickly.

    Of course stamina and cardio are always concerns with guys this big, but this guy is a freak of nature and is in peak condition.

    Either way I’ll have to find a way to watch his debut, I’m very curious.

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  • Bullylover says:

    I’ll fell sorry for anybody that this guy tries a kimura on, he’ll probably rip their arm out their damn socket.

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  • korzen says:

    I think this event will be for free stream in polish application “ipla”, last KSW was on it.

    1. Go to
    2. “Pobierz ipla” = Download ipla.
    3. Run “iplasetup.exe”
    4. Check “Zgadzam si?” (I agree), click “instaluj” (Install)
    5. Click “Zako?cz” (Finish)

    Now ipla will start after installation.
    1. Click “Media” on the left, then “Sport”
    2. Next click “KSW”

    Now you can watch KSW 11, press conference Pudzianowski- Najman, and probably in future KSW 12

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  • Niv says:

    Thanks for the info korzen I’ll look it up.

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  • BigDave says:

    Size, strength, and Power are things this dude must already posess and ive watched a few videos on youtube of his training and some of his strongman stuff. He looks like he has some good footwork and speed for a big guy. For him to translate well to MMA I personally think he needs to get into a camp with some top notch wrestlers to balance his boxing and karate. I saw someone say its to late a start for him in the sport at 32, but if im not mistaken didn’t randy couture start at the same age? and before you jump all over me NO I’m not saying he will be anywhere near as good as Randy just that he isn’t really that old.

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  • edub says:

    Hell yes thanx Korzen.

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  • Kamakosmo says:

    “Bullylover”, unless he’s put in there with a Virgin Creampuff, he will not catch anyone in a kimura……Though you are right, I would not want to be caught in one with him if he knows what he’s doing, especially with a “bad” ref!

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  • Bullylover says:

    i wasn’t saying that he was going to catch anyone in a kimura i’m just saying to have a guy like that try a kimura on you wouldn’t be beatiful thats all.

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  • xtreme_machine says:

    he needs to cut to 265

    that is a 20 weight cut

    he could do it

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  • mu_shin says:

    ace328: I’ve watched years of World’s Strongest Man and don’t remember anyone ever saying it is a tested event. Be interested to see any back-up on that assertion, as I love these guys, they are animals, but most of them are 300+ lbs and squatting/deadlifting insane amounts of weight, which is not usually associated with natural athletes.

    As was illustrated earlier this evening on the first episode of TUF 10, a ground game is an essential aspect in being truly competitive in heavyweight MMA. While Marius does have some stand-up experience with karate and boxing, and obviously has crazy brutal full body strength, he might get a rude awakening against a strong wrestler who was able to take him down. Still, I’d love to see him fight, as the spirit he has demonstrated in strong man competition would translate well to MMA.

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