World’s strongest man vs. fellow strongman in MMA bout
Mariusz Pudzianowski is the former 5-time World’s Strongest Man winner who, since 2009, is also now a professional MMA fighter to boot with a respectable record of 12 wins, 5 losses with 1 no contest.
Compared to other strongmen competitors, Pudzianowski was much leaner and athletic looking and looked more like a bodybuilder almost. However, since he started competing in MMA, he has slimmed down quite considerably which, given the cardiovascular demands of the sport, is smart.
Now, given his elite-level strongman background, Pudzianowski obviously will usually possess a tremendous strength advantage over his opponents in the MMA cage.
However, in this MMA fight from May of this year, Pudzianowski may not have the same massive strength advantage he usually possesses as his opponent is also a former strongman competitor, named Tyberiusz Kowalczyk.
While Kowalczyk is nowhere near as accomplished a strongman as Pudzianowski is, who won the World’s Strongest Man competition more than anybody else ever (5 times), in MMA, the strength disparity is not going to matter all that much and technique is what’s going to make the difference.
What we find out in this fight, though, is that while neither fighter has the best technique, Pudzianowski at least has much more experience in MMA than his opponent, Kowalczyk, who only had 3 fights prior to this one while Pudzianowski already had 15 fights to his name.
Pudzianowski’s experience is what proves to be the difference-maker in this battle of strongmen. Watch the video below to see how it ends.
ABOUT MARIUSZ PUDZIANOWSKI:
Mariusz Zbigniew Pudzianowski (born 7 February 1977), known in Poland as “Pudzian” and “Dominator” is a Polish former strongman competitor and current mixed martial artist. During his career as a strongman, Pudzianowski won five World’s Strongest Man titles; more than any other athlete according to Guinness World Records. He also won two runner-up titles. In 2009, Pudzianowski debuted as a mixed martial artist. [Source: Wiki]