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KSW: From Hotel Barroom to European Dominance with Martin Lewandowski

Poland’s biggest Mixed Martial Arts organisations, Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki (KSW) turned 15-years-old in February this year.

From humble beginnings in the bar of the Marriott Hotel in central Warsaw with attendances in the hundreds, it has now grown into a behemoth that regularly attracts live audiences in the tens of thousands.

On 27th May 2017 they drew the 2nd biggest live crowd in MMA history, 57,776 fans packed into the National Stadium in Warsaw to witness an unforgettable night of sporting entertainment.

It wasn’t always so easy for the joint owners, Martin Lewandowski and Maciej Kawulski.

Former manager of the Marriott hotel, Lewandowski told TFN: “I had to take the money from my pocket and Maciej’s pocket of course. On one of the first shows we lost like 5,000 PLN, that was a lot of money to us then. At first it was all about the barter, I was called the ‘King of the Barter’.”


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