This Friday, October 23, MMA legend Josh Barnett meets former KSW champion Marcin Rozalski in a bare knuckle boxing bout (with elbows allowed) at the very first Genesis event, which is co-produced by KSW, in Lodz, Poland live around the world on www.KSWTV.com!
Genesis: Josh Barnett vs. Marcin Rozalski meet in Bare Knuckle
All fighters made weight today ahead of the very first Genesis event, co-produced by KSW, tomorrow night in Lodz, Poland. Competitors will compete in bare knuckle boxing with elbows allowed.
In the main event former UFC heavyweight champion & MMA legend Josh Barnett will clash with former KSW heavyweight champion Marcin Rozalski in what promises to be an unforgettable fight between two warriors cut from the same cloth.
Josh Barnett is a legend in the world of combat sports. Competing professionally since 1997, ‘The Warmaster’ won the UFC heavyweight title in 2002 beating Randy Couture before going to Japan to win the King of Pancrase Openweight Championship. From there Barnett had successful stints in Pride, Strikeforce, Affliction, and, most recently, he completed another run in the UFC defeating former champions Andrei Arlovski and Frank Mir.
Outside of MMA Barnett has a history in submission grappling, pro wrestling, catch wrestling, and is true student of martial arts. Now the well-travelled American comes to Poland for the very first time to compete in a bare knuckle boxing bout, with elbows allowed, with a formidable foe in Polish superstar Marcin Rozalski.
Originally coming from underground fighting, Rozalski moved to the professional kickboxing ring in the mid 2000’s before jumping to MMA in 2011, making his debut at KSW 15. Since then this heavyweight bruiser became a true fan favourite right across Poland thanks to his finishes in the ring and his attitude & personality outside. In 2017, Rozalski would realise his dream, winning the KSW heavyweight title with a devastating 16 second KO win over Brazil’s Fernando Rodrigues Jr. in front of almost 60,000 people in Warsaw. He would soon relinquish the title and has only competed once since, beating K-1 legend Peter Graham in a kickboxing bout in 2018.
With years of experience in combat & martial arts behind them, Josh Barnett and Marcin Rozalski will now meet in the main event of Genesis on Friday night live on www.KSWTV.com!
The co-main event of Genesis is a battle between two of Poland’s top stand-up fighters, Bartos Batra and Michal ‘Matrix’ Krolik, in which should be a truly explosive affair. Other notable MMA fighters on the card include 60+ fight veteran Vaso ‘The Psycho’ Bakocevic, Polish power puncher Gracjan Szadzinski, and KSW starlet Aleksandra Rola.
Genesis Fight Card
& Weigh-In Results
Live on www.KSWTV.com
Heavyweight – 120.2kg/265lb
Marcin Rozalski (105.2kg/232lb) vs. Josh Barnett (115.6kg/255lb)
Bartos Batra (65.1kg/143.5lb) vs. Michal Krolik (65.2kg/143.7lb
Vaso Bakocevic (79.8kg/176lb) vs. Darius Rutkiewicz (78kg/172lb)
Gracjan Szadzinski (73.5kg/162) vs. Jan Siroky (73kg/161lb)
Aleksandra Rola (56.9kg/125lb) vs. Monika Porazynska (56.6kg/124.7lb)
Rafal Kijanczuk (102.1kg/225lb) vs. Marcin Wasilewski (99.4kg/219lb)
Damian Szmigielski (71.7kg/158lb) vs Denis Makowski (72.1kg/159lb)