Mariusz Pudzianowski

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Mariusz Pudzianowski
Mariusz Pudzianowski 5.JPG
Born(1977-02-07) 7 February 1977 (age 37)
Biała Rawska, Poland
Other namesDominator
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight313 lb (142 kg; 22.4 st)
Super Heavyweight
Fighting out ofŁódź, Poland
TeamAmerican Top Team
RankGreen belt in Kyokushin kaikan
Years active2009 – present (MMA)
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout2
By submission2
By decision4
By submission3
No contests1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: November 15, 2011
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Mariusz Pudzianowski
Mariusz Pudzianowski 5.JPG
Born(1977-02-07) 7 February 1977 (age 37)
Biała Rawska, Poland
Other namesDominator
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight313 lb (142 kg; 22.4 st)
Super Heavyweight
Fighting out ofŁódź, Poland
TeamAmerican Top Team
RankGreen belt in Kyokushin kaikan
Years active2009 – present (MMA)
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout2
By submission2
By decision4
By submission3
No contests1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: November 15, 2011
Competition record
Competitor for  Poland
World's Strongest Man
4th2000 World's Strongest Man
1st2002 World's Strongest Man
1st2003 World's Strongest Man
Disqualified2004 World's Strongest Man
1st2005 World's Strongest Man
2nd2006 World's Strongest Man
1st2007 World's Strongest Man
1st2008 World's Strongest Man
2nd2009 World's Strongest Man
Arnold Strongman Classic
4th2003 Arnold Strongman Classic
4th2004 Arnold Strongman Classic
6th2006 Arnold Strongman Classic
Strongman Super Series
3rd2002 Hawaii Grand Prix
1st2003 Hawaii Grand Prix
1st2003 Dutch Grand Prix
2nd2003 Canada Grand Prix
2nd2003 Finland Grand Prix
1st2003/4 Overall Champion
1st2004 Moscow Grand Prix
1st2005 Venice Beach Grand Prix
1st2005 Moscow Grand Prix
1st2005 Poland Grand Prix
1st2005 Mohegan Sun Grand Prix
1st2005 Overall Champion
1st2006 Moscow Grand Prix
1st2006 Poland Grand Prix
1st2006 Mohegan Sun Grand Prix
1st2006 Overall Champion
1st2007 Mohegan Sun Grand Prix
2nd2007 Venice Beach Super Series
1st2007 Viking Power Challenge
1st2007 Overall Champion
2nd2008 Mohegan Sun Grand Prix
Europe's Strongest Man
1st2002 Europe's Strongest Man
1st2003 Europe's Strongest Man
1st2004 Europe's Strongest Man
1st2007 Europe's Strongest Man
1st2008 Europe's Strongest Man
1st2009 Europe's Strongest Man
World's Strongest Team
3rd2002 w/Jarek Dymek
1st2003 w/Jarek Dymek
1st2004 w/Jarek Dymek
1st2005 w/Slawomir Toczek
Poland's Strongest Man
1st1999 Poland's Strongest Man
1st2000 Poland's Strongest Man
2nd2002 Poland's Strongest Man
1st2003 Poland's Strongest Man
1st2006 Poland's Strongest Man
1st2007 Poland's Strongest Man
1st2008 Poland's Strongest Man
2nd2009 Poland's Strongest Man
World Strongman Cup Federation
1st2006 Overall Champion
1st2007 Overall Champion
World Muscle Power Championships
2nd2003 World Muscle Power Championships
World Strongman Challenge
3rd2002 World Strongman Challenge
1st2003 World Strongman Challenge

Mariusz Zbigniew Pudzianowski (Polish pronunciation: [ˈmarjuʂ pudʑaˈnɔfskʲi]; born 7 February 1977), known in Poland as "Pudzian", is a Polish former strongman and current mixed martial artist. During his career as a strongman, Pudzianowski won five World's Strongest Man titles; more than any other athlete. He also won two runner-up titles, including his most recent performance in the 32nd edition. In 2009, Pudzianowski debuted as a mixed martial artist.

Early years[edit]

Mariusz Pudzianowski was born in Biała Rawska, Poland. His father, Wojciech, was a weightlifter.[1] Pudzianowski quickly became interested in sports. Since the age of 11, he has been training the Kyokushin style of karate.[2] His current grade is 4th kyu green belt.[2] He began strength training at the age of thirteen.[2] When he was fifteen, Pudzianowski also started training boxing, quitting after seven years.[1][2] Pudzianowski debuted in professional sports at the age of sixteen, taking part in Polish Weightlifting Championship, in the bench press event.[2]


In 2000 and 2001, Pudzianowski spent 19 months in Łowicz prison for assault.[1][2][3] In an interview, he said he wanted to stop a "local mafia boss",[1][3] and he got accused of assault and stealing his golden chain.[1][3][3] Pudzianowski was incarcerated in prison in Łowicz.[1][2] Several years later he arranged a resocialization meeting for the prisoners at the same penal institution.[3]

Strongman career[edit]

Pudzianowski during a strongman competition in 2009.

On May 1, 1999 Pudzianowski entered his first Strongman competition, held in Płock, Poland.[2] He achieved his first major success at the international level at the 2000 World's Strongest Man contest where he finished fourth in his first WSM competition.

Pudzianowski returned at the 2002 World's Strongest Man winning his first title, he retained his title at the 2003 World's Strongest Man by the largest margin ever achieved in the competition. In March 2004, he also became the Strongman Super Series World Champion.

He initially finished third in the 2004 World's Strongest Man but was later disqualified for breaching the governing body's Strongman Health Policy.[4] He was forced to return his prize money, stripped of the International Federation of Strength Athletes points from the event, and received a one-year ban from competition. Pudzianowski did not dispute his banned substance violation and waived his right to have his stool sample verified.[citation needed] He then returned to win the title for a third time in 2005.

In the 2006 World's Strongest Man contest, he came second to Phil Pfister. Pudzianowski regained his title in 2007, winning with one event to spare (which he had also done in 2003 and 2005). At that time he was one of the three four-time winners (the other two being Jón Páll Sigmarsson and Magnús Ver Magnússon).

In the WSM 2007 competition, Pudzianowski said that his target was to become the only person to win the event five times, which he did by winning the 2008 World's Strongest Man in the very last event, ahead of Derek Poundstone. He succeeded despite a serious calf injury, which he suffered in the Polish Strongman Championship Cup of 2008 and further exacerbated during the WSM qualifying rounds, seriously threatening his chance of even reaching the final.

He competed in the 2009 World's Strongest Man competition, which took place in Malta, placing second after Žydrūnas Savickas. In an interview, Pudzianowski said he will not continue participating in strongman events, because of his career in Mixed Martial Arts, which requires a totally different training to strongman.[5]

Personal Records[edit]

Achievements as a strongman[edit]

Mariusz Pudzianowski

Professional Competitive Record – [1st (42), 2nd (7), 3rd (4) – Out of Total(59)]
Performance Metric – .964 [Polish – .995 International – .953]

Completed contests
Malta World's Strongest ManValletta, Malta2nd place2009-03-10
United States World's Strongest ManCharleston, West Virginia, USAWinner9/6-14/2008
Belarus World Strongman Federation Grand PrixSilichy, BelarusWinner2008-03-08
Poland Poland CupPolandWinner2008-02-08
Russia World Strongman Federation Grand Prix (Globe's Strongest Man)RussiaWinner2008
Poland Poland vs. The WorldPolandWinner2008
United States Mohegan Sun Super Series Grand PrixUncasville, Connecticut, USA2nd place2008-01-19
United States World's Strongest ManAnaheim, California, USAWinner2007
Norway Svend Karlsens Viking Power Super Series Grand PrixNorwayWinner2007
United States Venice Beach Super Series Grand PrixVenice Beach, California, USA2nd place2007
United States Mohegan Sun Super Series Grand PrixUncasville, Connecticut, USAWinner2007
Poland European ChampionshipPolandWinner2007
England World Strongman Cup Grand PrixEnglandWinner2007
Latvia World Strongman Cup Grand PrixLatviaWinner2007
China World's Strongest ManSanya, China2nd place2006
Poland Poland Super Series Grand PrixPolandWinner2006
Russia Moscow Super Series Grand PrixMoscow, RussiaWinner2006
United States Mohegan Sun Super Series Grand PrixUncasville, Connecticut, USAWinner2006
Russia World Strongman Cup Grand PrixRussiaWinner2006
Poland World Strongman Cup Grand PrixPolandWinner2006
Latvia World Strongman Cup Grand PrixLatviaWinner2006
Belarus World Strongman Cup Grand PrixBelarusWinner2006
United States Arnold's Strongest ManColumbus, Ohio, USA6th place2005
China World's Strongest ManChengdu, ChinaWinner2005
Poland Poland vs. The WorldPolandWinner2005
United States Mohegan Sun Super Series Grand PrixUncasville, Connecticut, USAWinner2005
Sweden Sweden Super Series Grand PrixSwedenWinner2005
Poland Poland Super Series Grand PrixPolandWinner2005
United States Venice Beach Super Series Grand PrixVenice Beach, California, USAWinner2005
Austria World Strongman Cup Grand PrixAustriaWinner2005
United States Arnold's Strongest ManColumbus, Ohio, USA4th place2004
The Bahamas World's Strongest ManNassau, Paradise Island, The BahamasDisqualified (originally 3rd place)2004
Poland European ChampionshipJelenia Gora, PolandWinner2004
Poland World Team ChampionshipPlock, PolandWinner2004
Russia Moscow Super Series Grand PrixMoscow, RussiaWinner2004
Poland Polish CupPolandWinner2004
Zambia World's Strongest ManVictoria Falls, ZambiaWinner2003
Poland European ChampionshipSandomierz, PolandWinner2003
Hungary World Team ChampionshipHungaryWinner2003
Finland Ylitornio ChallengeFinlandWinner2003
Poland World Record BreakersGdynia, PolandWinner2003
Poland Polish CupPolandWinner2003
United States Arnold's Strongest ManColumbus, Ohio, USA5th place2003
Finland Finland Super Series Grand PrixFinland2nd place2003
Canada Canada Super Series Grand PrixCanada2nd place2003
Netherlands Holland Super Series Grand PrixHollandWinner2003
United States Hawaii Super Series Grand PrixHawaii, USAWinner2003
Malaysia World's Strongest ManKuala Lumpur, MalaysiaWinner2002
United States Hawaii Super Series Grand PrixHawaii, USA3rd place2002
Sweden Sweden Super Series Grand PrixSweden5th place2002
Poland European ChampionshipGdynia, PolandWinner2002
Poland Polish CupPoland2nd place2002
Hungary World Team ChampionshipHungary3rd place2002
Republic of Ireland World's GiantsIrelandWinner2002
South Africa World's Strongest ManSun City, South Africa4th place2000
Finland Helsinki Grand PrixFinland10th place2000
Hungary World Team ChampionshipHungary2nd place2000
Poland World Cup Grand PrixPolandWinner2000
China World Team ChampionshipChina3rd place1999
Poland Polish CupPolandWinner1999

Mixed martial arts[edit]

In 2009, Pudzianowski signed a contract with Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki – a Polish mixed martial arts organization – to take part in four fights.[8]

He debuted as a mixed martial arts fighter on December 11, 2009, during the KSW 12 event in Warsaw, Poland, winning against Marcin Najman, a professional boxer (who, at that time, was also a MMA newcomer).[8][9] Pudzianowski started throwing low kicks soon after the fight began. After several hits, Najman fell to the mat and Pudzianowski started delivering punches (a tactic known as ground-and-pound).[9] Najman was forced to tap the mat, indicating he wanted to end the fight, which lasted for only 43 seconds.[8][9] Before the fight Mariusz said: "Lewa ręka niesie za sobą śmierć, a prawej sam się boję." (English: "The left hand brings death, but the right one even I am afraid of.") [10][11] Pudzianowski collected 200,000 złoty (70,000 USD) for the fight.[8]

On May 7, 2010, during the KSW 13 event, Pudzianowski won his second fight, against Yusuke Kawaguchi.[12][13] The fight lasted two full rounds, with Pudzianowski winning by judges' decision. The fight was described as a "sloppy brawl".[13] It was noted Pudzianowski had control over most of the fight, but was "neutralized" by Kawaguchi, and that, by the second round, he was looking "to be out of energy and breathing heavily".[12]

On May 21, 2010, Pudzianowski went on to participate in the Moosin: God of Martial Arts event, where he fought former two time UFC Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia. Pudzianowski fractured his metatarsus during the first round and then went on to deplete his stamina during the rest of the fight, which ultimately led to Sylvia defeating him via submission at 1:43 of round 2.[14][15]

Following his loss to Sylvia in May, Pudzianowski signed to face former heavyweight boxer and kickboxer Eric Esch, better known as 'Butterbean', at KSW 14 on September 18. After several brief standup exchanges, Pudzianowski secured a takedown early in the fight and was then able to dominate Esch with ground and pound. Esch, unable to get back to his feet during the attack, tapped out to the strikes, making Pudzianowski the winner by submission at 1:15 of the first round. He came into the fight notably slimmer, having lost around 20 lbs from his previous fight. Many believe his large muscle mass to have caused his stamina problems in his earlier fights.[16]

On May 21, 2011 Pudzianowski fought James Thompson at KSW XVI, losing by arm triangle.

In September 2011 Mariusz Pudzianowski started professional training in the well known MMA camp in the USA – American Top Team.

Pudzianowski fought on the KSW XVII event, which was held on November 26, 2011. He faced James Thompson in a rematch.[17] He won the fight via majority decision. This decision caused controversy as Thompson had virtually full control in both rounds, and after the fight Thompson, who was clearly angered by the decision, took the microphone from the announcer and launched a verbal assault directed at the promotion in which he ranted: "Fucking joke. Give Mariusz a big round of applause. Come on. What a fucking joke. I thought KSW was really trying to be serious. If you can watch that back and call that serious, then (looking at the promoter) you're fucked, and KSW is going down the fucking toilet." Two days later the promotion changed the result to a No Contest. During a conference held on November 28, the ruling was deemed to be a "judge's error" and the fight result was changed.

Mariusz's next opponent was Bob Sapp. The fight took place in Lodz, Poland on KSW 19.[17] Mariusz won via a TKO in the first round, battering Sapp with a barrage of punching and securing a takedown followed with more punches to win just 39 seconds into the fight.

Mariusz then faced Christos Piliafas on September 15 in the main event of KSW 20.[17] Mariusz won via TKO in the first round, after dominating Piliafas on his feet, he then secured a takedown followed by posturing up and raining down some ground and pound to win at 3:48 seconds into the fight. June 8 Pudzianowski fought Sean McCorkle at KSW 23 and Pudzianowski lost in the first round by kimura submission. Pudzianowski and McCorkle fought again in a rematch on September 28 at KSW 24 and Mariusz Pudzianowski by unanimous decision. After the second fight with Mariusz Pudzianowski, Sean McCorkle expressed interest in a third fight. [18]

On May 17, 2014, Pudzianowski defeated Oli Thompson via a 2nd round unanimous decision. During the fight, Pudzianowski was able to gain points by controlling the entire fight through landing punches and securing multiple takedowns of Oli Thompson in both rounds eventually leading to his victory. At the end, Thompson requested a rematch, to which Pudzianowski agreed.[19]

On December 6, 2014, Pudzianowski defeated the olympic veteran Paweł Nastula via unanimous decision on KSW 29's co-main event. It was his third win in a row.[20]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Win8–3 (1)Paweł NastulaDecision (unanimous)KSW 29December 6, 201433:00Kraków, Poland
Win7–3 (1)Oli ThompsonDecision (unanimous)KSW 27May 17, 201425:00Gdańsk, Poland
Win6–3 (1)Sean McCorkleDecision (unanimous)KSW 24September 28, 201325:00Łódź, Poland
Loss5–3 (1)Sean McCorkleSubmission (kimura)KSW 23June 8, 201311:57Gdańsk, Poland
Win5–2 (1)Christos PiliafasTKO (punches)KSW 20September 15, 201213:48Gdańsk, Poland
Win4–2 (1)Bob SappTKO (punches)KSW 19May 12, 201210:39Łódź, Poland
NC3–2 (1)James ThompsonNo ContestKSW 17November 26, 201125:00Łódź, PolandOriginal decision win; result overturned due to a judging error.
Loss3–2James ThompsonSubmission (arm-triangle choke)KSW 16May 21, 201121:06Gdańsk, Poland
Win3–1Eric EschSubmission (punches)KSW 14September 18, 201011:15Łódź, Poland
Loss2–1Tim SylviaSubmission (punches)Moosin: God of Martial ArtsMay 21, 201021:43Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
Win2–0Yusuke KawaguchiDecision (unanimous)KSW 13May 7, 201025:00Katowice, Poland
Win1–0Marcin NajmanSubmission (punches)KSW 12December 11, 200910:43Warsaw, Poland

Outside professional sports[edit]


On May 27, 2008 Pudzianowski graduated with a master's degree in international relations. His thesis was: "Organizational culture in sports marketing in the world".[21]


In an interview in 2009 Mariusz said that he treats sport as a hobby. He is not doing it for money as the money is relatively low in Strongman and MMA (he said that the winner of World's Strongest Man can get 60000 USD, and the winner of Grand Prix in USA from 100000 to 150000 USD). He owns a very successful company (a school for bodyguards) and various real estates. Those are his main sources of money.[22] Pudzianowski also owns a truck cargo company named Pudzianowski Transport.[23]

Musical career[edit]

Pudzianowski often appears as a guest singer in the musical group Pudzian Band, formed by his brother Krystian. Their first single "Zdobyć świat", was released in 2006. In 2009, the group released an album, Dawaj na ring (Go, hit the ring).[24]

Celebrity status[edit]

In 2008, Pudzianowski took part in the 7th season of Dancing with the Stars in his native Poland.[25] He advanced to the final episode, but ultimately finished second, losing to actress Magdalena Walach.[26] Pudzianowski is currently a contestant in the 1st season of the singing reality show Just the Two of Us in Poland.[27] He is coupled with former Ich Troje singer Anna Wiśniewska.


Pudzianowski is also a keen amateur rugby union player,[28][29] and plays with Blachy Pruszyński Budowlani Łódź.[30]

Strongman diet[edit]

Pudzianowski is liberal with his diet and is often seen eating chocolate, ice cream or burgers.[31][32] On one of the World Stongman events shown on TV, and an interview for MTV, when asked about his diet he said: "I eat everything. I do not follow any particular diet. I eat anything I want, anytime I want".[33]

My energy comes from my diet. Breakfast is 10 eggs and two to three pounds of bacon. Between meals, I eat lots of candy. In the morning, it will be several 3 Musketeers and/or Snickers bars; I need them for energy. Lunch, at 1 or 2 PM, is a double meal of a Polish pork chop, sauerkraut and potatoes. An hour later, I work out, then take lots of supplements: magnesium, creatine, amino acids, all that stuff, and more chocolate. Dinner is whatever meat I can grab—steaks, pork chops, bacon—plus more sauerkraut and potatoes. At 9 or 10 PM, I work out again. Afterward, I have a protein shake and more chocolate. At 3 or 4 AM, I wake up and have more chocolate, then go back to sleep until morning.[citation needed]

He said for MTV that he prefers Polish cuisine. When he has some time he often cooks himself, as he does not particularly fancy meals from restaurants. He often eats bigos, Polish soups, Polish sausages and typical Polish dinners with cooked potatoes, 200–300 g of meat and some salads (usually cucumber salad).[33]

In an interview at the beginning of his world strongman career he said that his supplements, training, massages, etc. costs him approximately 6000 złoty (ca. 2000 USD) per month.[34]


See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Mariusz Pudzianowski biography". Pudzianowski official website. Retrieved 2010-05-10. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Pudzianowski siedział w więzieniu!". Retrieved 2010-05-10. 
  4. ^ Sylvia-Pudzianowski Moosin Event Nearing Final Hurdles Before Sanctioning. (2010-04-30). Retrieved on 2011-08-02.
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  8. ^ a b c d "Tak Pudzian zmasakrował Najmana!". Retrieved 2010-05-10. 
  9. ^ a b c "Mariusz Pudzianowski Wins MMA Debut Against Marcin Najman at KSW 12". MMA Waves. Retrieved 2010-05-10. 
  10. ^ ""Pudzian" do Najmana: Tą ręką mogę zabić! – Sport w INTERIA.PL". Retrieved 2010-07-23. 
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  13. ^ a b "Khalidov Fights to a Draw, Pudzianowski Wins at KSW 13". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2010-05-10. 
  14. ^ "Moosin MMA hosts Tim Sylvia vs. Mariusz Pudzianowski on May 21 in Massachusetts". 2010-04-04. 
  15. ^ "Pudzianowski loses out to Sylvia in MMA fight". The Retrieved 2010-08-24. 
  16. ^ ‘Butterbean’ Taps to Pudzianowski Strikes at KSW 14. Retrieved on 2011-08-02.
  17. ^ a b c MMA: Pudzianowski wraca na ring. Znamy rywala. 13 September 2011. Retrieved on 2011-9-14.
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  19. ^ "Pudzianowski defeats Oli Thompson at KSW 27". 2014-05-17. 
  20. ^ "Beyond the Octagon: Brandon Vera earns his first knockout in five years, Alessio Sakara returns, plus Mamed Khalidov and World's Strongest Man Mariusz Pudzianowski--all that and more in this week". 
  21. ^ "Pudzian zdobył wyższe wykształcenie". SWSPiZ official website. 2010-04-04. 
  22. ^ "Pudzianowski: moje mięśnie podobają się kobietom – Onet Sport". Retrieved 2011-10-24. 
  23. ^ [Pudzianowski Transport Pudzianowski Transport official website]
  24. ^ "Pudzian Band". Pudzian Band official website. 2010-04-04. 
  25. ^ "Mariusz Pudzianowski". Dancing with the Stars – Polish edition's official website. 2010-04-04. 
  26. ^ "Final episode description". Dancing with the Stars – Polish edition's official website. 2010-04-04. 
  27. ^ "Mariusz Pudzianowski". Just the Two of Us – Polish edition's official website. 2010-04-04. 
  28. ^ "Mariusz Pudzianowski playing rugby". My[confined]Space. 2009-02-07. Retrieved 2010-07-23. 
  29. ^ "Famous Ruggers". Retrieved 2010-07-23. 
  30. ^ [1][dead link]
  31. ^ The Iron Samurai. The Iron Samurai. Retrieved on 2011-08-02.
  32. ^ Pudzianowski ledwo wiąże koniec z końcem. Retrieved on 2011-08-02.
  33. ^ a b Mariusz Pudzianowski. YouTube (2009-06-17).Dead Link Retrieved on 2011-08-02.
  34. ^ "Pudzian Czyli Koks W TVP 1". YouTube. Retrieved 2010-07-23. 

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