The UFC recently announced they will finally be heading to Poland. The card is scheduled to take place in the city of Gdansk on October 21. UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk and top strawweight contender Karolina Kowalkiewicz put Poland in the limelight for the UFC now our prospect writer, Shawn Bitter aka @MMAWizzard, highlights some talented polish prospects he would like to see on the card in October.
–WW, Salim Touahri (10-1): Fun to watch and a fighter that has many tools. He has big knockout power, finishing 3 of his fights with one punch including one of those a liver punch. He is a pretty good submission game wrestler with 2 submission victories. Not too many holes in his game from what I’ve seen.
-MW, Oskar Piechota (8-0): He is one of the better grapplers in the MW division outside the UFC. His wrestling is very good, but its a work in progress though. He is getting better each fight, and grappling is high level with submission skills and overall ground game. His striking is good enough, but still his weakest weapon. In his last bout he did win by headkick in only 36 seconds, so he is showing improvements quick.
-LHW, Michal Oleksiejczuk (12-2): He just won this past weekend, beating an undefeated prospect Riccardo Nosiglia, winning by TKO in round 1. He doesn’t have the normal KO power of a regular LHW has but he is a very smart striker. He really picks his shots, and most of his knockdowns are by him connecting flush on the chin. The precision on his striking is fantastic, he is very successful going forward and off his counter striking. Of what I’ve seen has some decent wrestling. but on the feet he really shines. In my opinion, he is the most deserving fighter for the Poland card.
-LW, Sebastian Kotwica (9-2): Kotwica might be the most unknown fighter on this list, but he probably would have the biggest upside in a UFC career. He is very dangerous everywhere, on the feet he is a heavy handed striker and has won by headkick as well. He also has solid wrestling, the ground and pound he throws is great, and he has a relentless pace especially with elbows. He is on a 5 fight win streak with 4 finishes, all T/KO in the first round, He really should be on the UFC radar.
-FW, Kamil Lebkowski (15-4): This guy is really good, he has great TDD with great balance. He has hand speed, showing a fast snapping jab and hard leg kicks. I really like his footwork, it’s smooth as he moves in and out. At a time Kamil was the most promising Polish prospect, but back in March he lost a decision to Brazilian prospect Gabriel Silva. But he did win this past weeked with a TKO finish in round one, so a spot on the Poland card is possible.