KSW is planning the busiest calendar year in promotional history with 12 events in the works for 2022.
KSW officials recently announced the plans, which follow a year in which the Polish promotion will host eight fight cards, which is the busiest 12 months in the 17-year history of the company thus far.
The company also announced that streaming service Viaplay “has agreed to a long-term partnership with KSW … to become the exclusive streaming home in 10 countries of KSW’s live events from December 2021.” The markets include Poland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and the Netherlands, according to the official announcement.
“Next year will see an increase in our events, our roster of athletes and the number of European territories in which KSW will be readily available,” KSW co-owner Martin Lewandowski stated. “Working with Viaplay provides us with new opportunities and will only have a positive impact on KSW going forward. This is a big moment in the history of our federation, and it highlights our dedication to continued growth. I am excited to begin this partnership and look forward to welcoming KSW fans, new and old, to Viaplay starting with KSW 65 on Dec. 18.”
Viaplay is owned by Nordic Entertainment Group and is based in Stockholm. The company is also committed to working with KSW “to establish pathways for talents representing Viaplay’s markets to participate in KSW events.”
“KSW attracts fervent fans, especially in Poland, and is now established as Europe’s premier MMA promotion,” Nordic Entertainment Group’s Peter Norrelund stated. “Viaplay’s partnership is ideally timed, with the number of KSW events set to increase to 12 next year. We’re also excited to help new MMA talents realize their dream of competing in front of an international audience.”
Featuring a middleweight title superfight between reigning champion Mamed Khalidov and the hard-hitting welterweight champ Roberto Soldic, KSW 65 takes place Dec. 18 in Gliwice, Poland. The card marks the final event of 2021 for the promotion.