KSW has quickly become not only one of the biggest promotions in Poland but one of the biggest promotions in the world. Their coliseum event, KSW 39, reportedly drew a record-breaking 56,600 people. Since that show, the company has done shows in their native Poland as well as in Ireland and England.
According to their owner/founder Martin Lewandowski, that’s far from the end. In addition to a number of places in Europe they have their eyes on, Lewandowski was clear about his intentions of taking KSW to the United States.
“For sure,” Lewandowski told the Top Turtle MMA Podcast on FloCombat when asked if the U.S. is on his radar. “But I think it’s more in the far future.”
The reason for the delay to U.S. soil is not that he feels they can’t do so right not, but rather that he feels he has more to accomplish in Europe.
“It’s not now our goal. Our goal now is to build KSW, the brand awareness in Europe,” Lewandowski said. “We are very well known globally. People in Europe know us very well, but that’s still something we need to work hard at.”
In addition, he also has his mind set on big goals at the local level.
“I would like to come back and break another record in KSW on the national stage,” Lewandowski said.
Plus, Lewandowski notes that the United States is a land that has a very different style of MMA. Noting the style of building a fight card with so much emphasis on the end of the card, as well as some choices in fighters, he states that there will always be a fundamental difference between the two.
“It will always be [Bellator and UFC’s] motherland—not ours,” Lewandowski said. “So if [we] go there it will be only just to show our quality, to show our way, our style.”
And when they eventually do get there, he notes that it will be a very special occasion that only happens once in a while.
“It will be more like Santa Claus comes to town,” he laughed.
This weekend, KSW will be focused on their homeland again, with KSW 49 located in Gdańsk, Poland.