Friday, June 6, 2008
Dave Kleczkowski to replace Rob Kimmons on Adrenaline MMA show
Dave “The Polish Punisher” Kleczkowski of Matamoros Jiu-Jitsu in Milwaukee has stepped up on short notice to replace Rob Kimmons of Xtreme Couture in Kansas City. Kimmons opted out of the Adrenaline MMA show next Saturday to sign with the UFC and replace an injured Alessio Sakara who was slated to fight Rob Yundt.
Dave Kleczkowski sports an MMA record of (7-3) and has mostly fought on Jeff Curran’s XFO shows but has fought for Wisconsin promotions such as Gladiators, Konquer the Kage, and Combat USA. Most recently Kleczkowski defeated Caleb Wolff at a Combat USA show in Michigan this January with a rear naked choke in the first round.
Prior to the January bout, Kleczkowski dropped three straight fights against very tough competition including UFC veteran Joe Jordan, Ultimate Fighter Season 3 cast member Noah Inhofer, and XFO mainstay and journeyman fighter William Hill.
Kleczkowski will face off against Hector “El Toro” Urbina in the Adrenaline MMA card in a middleweight bout. Hector Urbina is a 25-year-old fighter out of Muncie, Indiana and fights for Team Wolfpack and sports an MMA record of (11-4). Like Kleczkowski, Urbina has lost his bouts to his biggest competition in Jason “Mayhem” Miller, Adam Maciejewski, and Tim Kennedy. He does hold wins over local middleweights Herbert “Whisper” Goodman and Adrian Serrano. He primarily fights for KOTC but has also fought for Icon Sport and Elite XC/ShoXC.
It is unknown how much time Kleczkowski has had to prepare for the Adrenaline MMA card as Kimmons was only announced as Sakara’s replacement four days ago. Is he in shape and is he tuned up for what could be the biggest fight of career? Dave Kleczkowki is a jiu-jitsu fighter and wrestler but he has decent standup game to go with his grappling skill sets. He showed against Joe Jordan last summer that he isn’t afraid to go toe-to-toe with a UFC vet for three rounds and trade blows. On ShoXC, Urbina classified himself as a ground fighter but his takedowns were so sub par that he was unable to get the fight to the ground in most instances and he relied on his wild and untamed striking to get him through the fight were he won himself a unanimous decision.
The main card will be broadcast on Mark Cuban’s HDNet Fights and there is a possibility that a good performance over Urbina could earn Kleczkowski another Adrenaline fight on the September card in Moline. That card will be headlined by Tim Sylvia and Ben Rothwell and will also be broadcast live on HDNet Fights as part of the three-fight deal Adrenaline MMA signed with HDNet Fights. Whether this fight stays on the feet or goes to the ground it should be an interesting bout. Wisconsin Combat Sports would like to wish the “Polish Punisher” best of luck next Saturday.
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