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Mariusz "Pudzian" Pudzianowski

Updated: 2010-05-23
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Country Poland Age 40
Club Height 185 cm / 6'1"
Style Karate Weight 124 kg / 273 lbs
Website pudzianfight.pl Categories ---

Titles


Results Total Win KOs Loss Draw
K1 Fights 0 0 0 0 0
Other Fights 3 2 1 1 0
Statistics 3 67% 33% 33% 0

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Mariusz Pudzianowski

(Polish pronunciation: [ˈmarjuʂ pudʑaˈnɔfski]) (born on February 7, 1977 in Biała Rawska, Poland) is a Polish strongman and mixed martial arts fighter.

During his career as a strongman, Pudzianowski has won five World's Strongest Man titles - more than any other athlete - as well as two runner-up titles (including his most recent performance in the 32th edition). In 2009, Pudzianowski debuted as a mixed martial arts fighter.

Early years

Mariusz Pudzianowski was born in Biała Rawska, Poland. His father, Wojciech, was a weightlifer. Pudzianowski quickly became interested in sports. Since the age of 11, he has been training the Kyokushin style of karate. His current grade is 4th kyu green belt. He begun strength training at the age of thirteen. When he was fifteen, Pudzianowski also started training boxing, eventually quiting after seven years.

Pudzianowski debuted in professional sports at the age of sixteen, taking part in Polish Weightlifing Championship, in the bench press event. 

In 2000 and 2001, Pudzianowski spent 19 months in prison for assault.In an interview, he said he wanted to stop a "local mafia boss", from physically abusing an 18-year-old boy. The man later accused Pudzianowski of assault and theft of a gold chain.

Pudzianowski was incarcerated in prison in Łowicz. Several years later he arranged a resocialization meeting for the prisoners at the same penal institution.

Strongman career

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

Pudzianowski could not participate in some of 2000 and all of 2001 events because of his imprisonment (see above).

He returned to win the WSM contest in 2002, and retained his title in 2003 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 WSM contest but was later disqualified after testing positive for a banned performance enhancing substance. 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. 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 WSM competition 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. It is uncertain whether Pudzianowski will continue paricipating in strongman events, after starting his career in mixed martial arts.


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