Next month, former World’s Strongest Man Mariusz Pudzianowski will face off against newly signed Polish rap star Paweł "Popek" Rak in Poland’s largest promotion. The highly anticipated contest will serve as the co-main event of KSW 37 on
Ahead of the event, which takes place on December 3rd in front of 17,000 fans in Krakow’s Tauron Arena, KSW released a seven minute preview video focused around this intriguing match-up.
Pudzianowski, considered to be one of the biggest MMA stars in Poland, is coming off a two-fight losing streak to Peter Graham and Marcin Różalski. Prior to that, ‘Pudzian’ had strung together a four-fight win streak that included a vicious KO of Rolles Gracie Jr.
Rak, known as ‘Popek Monster’ is a polish rap star who resides in London. He debuted in mixed martial arts several years ago and has now compiled a 2-1 professional record. Popek rose to stardom in Poland following his involvement with ‘Firma’ but also achieved noted success as a solo artist when his album ‘Monster’ won a gold disc in Poland. Popek is also infamous for his decision to tattoo his eyeballs black. He also visited a surgeon to get his face permanently scarred.
ICYMI: Karim Zidan followed Pudzianowski around London for several days in 2015. Read his longform here.