The show is headlined by Chechen-Polish crusher Mamed Khalidov versus late replacement Jesse "J.T. Money" Taylor. Khalidov was initially slated to face Paulo Filho but the personal turmoil of the capricious Brazilian has forced him off the card. An unnamed KSW official informed Sherdog.com of the following on Monday:
"We've received alarming news about Filho's health condition and we decided not to use the Brazilian on our show. Filho was supposed to participate in the headlining fight on KSW 17 card and we couldn't risk him not showing up for the fight against Khalidov."
The ever-ready Taylor will make his KSW debut on a seven-fight stretch with six wins and only one loss to Bellator middleweight powerhouse Hector Lombard. Taylor's streak includes victories over Murilo Bustamante (TKO by retirement), BAMMA middleweight champ Tom Watson (decision) and Denis Kang (armbar).
Khalidov, who holds the nineteenth spot in the consensus middleweight rankings, has only dropped one bout in his last twenty-three turns. In a non-title affair, Khalidov debuted under the World Victory Road banner and knocked out middleweight champion Jorge Santiago in the first round at Sengoku 11. The fighters were immediately realigned with the belt at stake but Santiago took the unanimous decision Sengoku 12. The loss was Khalidov's first since 2005 and his fourth overall. His latest three-piece surge features stoppages over veterans in Matt Lindland, James Irvin and Yuki Sasaki.
The card's ancillary matches will pit three mixed martial artists against foes who recently defeated them. Mariusz Pudzianowski meets James Thompson, who tapped out the five-time World's Strongest Man with an arm-triangle at KSW 16. Neither fighter has competed since.
Jan Blachowicz gets a rematch with KSW light-heavyweight champion Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou; a title the former UFC fighter earned by defeating Blachowicz by TKO at KSW XV in March. Sokoudjou is fresh off an unsuccessful and unflattering decision loss to Ryan Jimmo for the MFC light-heavyweight title. Blachowicz holds a notable submission victory over Bellator 205-pound champ Christian M'Pumbu at KSW: Extra in 2008 and the Sokoudjou loss is his only in his last eleven outings.
More on the card after the jump.
Former UFC, IFL, and Bellator competitor Matt Horwich (26-19-1) is paired with Michal Materla (15-3), who holds twelve career submission wins. Former WEC and UFC lightweight Maciej Jewtuszko (8-1) sees action for the first time since being released from the UFC after a decision loss to Curt Warburton at UFC 127. Jewtuszko, who attracted attention with a rousing TKO over Anthony Njokuani at WEC 50, fights Artur Sowinski (11-5).
The full "KSW 17 - Revenge" lineup is as follows:
Mamed Khalidov vs. Jesse "J.T. Money" Taylor
Mariusz Pudzianowski vs. James Thompson
Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou vs. Jan Blachowicz
Michal Materla vs. Matt Horwich
Artur Sowinski vs. Maciej Jewtuszko
Antoni Chmielewski vs. James Zikic
Aslambek Saidov vs. Rafal Moks