KSW53: Gamrot v Parke Preview: A Bad Blooded Trilogy For Undisputed
By Dan McConnell
This Saturday night the UFC isn’t the only Mixed Martial Arts show in town.
Polish promotion KSW returns for the first time this year with KSW 53: Reborn. The card will finally decide who is the best lightweight in the promotion, and end one of the hottest rivalries in European mixed martial arts today.
Interim-lightweight champion and former UFC 155-pound fighter ‘Stormin’ Norman Parke (28-6-1) will face undefeated KSW lightweight champion Mateusz ‘Gamer’ Gamrot (15-0) for a third time to finally end this intense trilogy.
MMA rivalries sometimes can be fabricated for the media spotlight, but this one feels real. The bad blood between these two has created a rivalry that is one of the most intense in European and world mixed martial arts.
All eyes may be on the UFC’s first ‘Fight Island’ card but KSW53: Reborn is certain to kick things off for an exciting weekend of action.
The Northern-Irish man from Bushmills, which is famous for its whiskey distillery up in the north-coast of county Antrim has made KSW a home.
Parke has fought for promotions such as the UFC, ACB, BAMMA and made his KSW debut in May 2017.
The KSW 155-pound interim-lightweight champion will be hopeful of ending this fierce rivalry with his enemy Gamrot, as well as destroying his unbeaten 15-0 streak and potential jump to the UFC.
The two champions first met in May 2017, with a rivalry that started out in front of 58,000 fans and will be settled without any fans in attendance. ‘Gamer’ walked away with a narrow decision victory, but appeared to bite Parke during the contest, that would only add fuel to the fire for a potential rematch.
The KSW hierarchy were quick to book the two fighters against each other again at KSW 40 in Dublin, the fight was declared a no contest due to a Gamrot eye poke. This led to unsavoury scenes in the crowd and in the cage, as one of Gamrot’s cornermen landed a punch on Parke after the fight was called.
Gamrot hasn’t stepped foot into the KSW cage since December 2018 due to a contract dispute. You can just imagine the level of intensity going into the trilogy fight this Saturday night, which has spilled over into the media week with Parke and Gamrot almost coming to blows.
Since their last meeting in October 2017, both fighters have gone undefeated. Parke beat Marcin Wrosek at KSW50 for the interim title, while Gamrot became a two-weight world champion by defeating featherweight champion Kleber Koike Erbst.
The drama continued, when Parke missed weight on Friday morning and will be given as late as the ceremonial weigh-ins on Friday night to make championship weight, in order to fight for the chance to upgrade his interim title for the lightweight championship of the world!
Can Norman Parke lift the KSW lightweight title and stop Gamrot’s rise to the UFC? Or will the dual champion’s undefeated record stay in-tact and finally put this trilogy in the history books?
Two men will enter the cage, but only one will leave as the undisputed KSW lightweight champion!