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KSW 56: Roberto Soldic dominates & Filip Pejic scores one of fastest ever KOs


Roberto Soldic in action last night

KSW 56 took place last night from Lodz, Poland, and there was a Poland vs. Croatia theme for the evening. Croatian athletes went 2-2 on what was an exciting night of action.

In the main event KSW welterweight champion Roberto Soldic (18-3) won a one-sided fight against KSW legend Michal Materla (29-8). It was Soldic’s debut at middleweight and he looked outstanding as he dominated the former champion en route to a first-round TKO win. Speaking in the post-fight interview, he alluded to a potential title fight against KSW middleweight champion Mamed Khalidov.


Victory for Soldic

While Soldic and Croatia won in the main event, unfortunately, Zagreb’s Ivan Erslan (9-1) fell short in his title fight against light heavyweight champion Tomasz Narkun (18-3) in the co-main event. Despite looking the better fighter and landing harder shots in the first round, Erslan got caught by a punch early in the second round and was submitted shortly after. A first career loss for Erslan but no doubt the 28-year-old will be back.

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Erslan in action

Filip ‘Nitro’ Pejic (15-4-2) stepped up on less than two weeks’ notice and scored one of the fastest KOs in KSW history. Twelve seconds is all it took for the Pejic to dispatch a very tough Sebastian Rajewski (9-6) and the Croatian couldn’t hold back his emotions following the victory as he dedicated it to his family. Lastly, despite a valiant performance, Argentinian-Croatian Francisco Barrio (7-2) lost a hard-fought decision to rising Polish star Mateusz Legierski (7-0) on what was his debut in KSW. 


Pejic with the fastest ever KSW KO

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Another win for Pejic

KSW will be back with KSW 57 on December 19th in Poland.

KSW 56 Results

Main Event


Roberto Soldic (18-3) def. Michal Materla (29-8) via TKO (punches), round 1, 4:40.

Co-Main Event

Light Heavyweight Title

Champion Tomasz Narkun (18-3) def. Ivan Erslan (9-1) via submission (rear-naked choke), round 2, 0:51.


Justyna Haba (3-1) def. Karolina Owczarz (3-1) via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28×2).


Marius Zaromskis (23-9) def. Andrzej Grzebyk (17-4) via TKO (injury), round 1, 4:58.

161lb Catchweight

Mateusz Legierski (7-0) def. Francisco Barrio (7-2) via majority decision (29-28, 29-27, 28-28).

151lb Catchweight

Filip Pejic (15-4-2) def. Sebastian Rajewski (9-6) via KO (punch), round 1, 0:12.


Daniel Torres (11-4) def. Max Coga (22-7-1) via split decision (30-27, 29-28, 28-29).


Robert Ruchaa (4-0) def. Michał Domin (3-2) via submission (armbar), round 1, 4:59.

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