Winnipeg fighter demands UFC contract



After an impressive victory Friday night in less than 90 seconds over Brazilian fighter Alessandro Gambulino, Winnipeg’s Mariusz Ksiazkiewicz stood in the middle of the Legacy Fighting Alliance octagon with a message for UFC president Dana White.

“Where’s my (expletive) contract?” Ksiazkiewicz exclaimed.

That’s one way to go about landing your dream job.

“Yeah, I wouldn’t recommend it for like a dentist or something, but it works for my profession,” said Ksiazkiewicz with a laugh.

But after knocking out his last two opponents to improve to 10-1 on his career, it’s a fair question for Ksiazkiewicz to ask. His latest victory was in the main event of LFA 130 at 4 Bears Casino and Lodge in New Town, North Dakota and aired live on UFC Fight Pass. Ksiazkiewicz dropped Gambulino with a knee to the stomach before finishing things on the ground with several strikes. With the loss, Gambulino falls to 12-4.




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Ksiazkiewicz after knocking out Graham Park at Unified MMA 42 for the super-middleweight championship in 2021.

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Ksiazkiewicz after knocking out Graham Park at Unified MMA 42 for the super-middleweight championship in 2021.

“What’s it going to take to get that contract? I mean, I’m going to ask for what I want,” said the Winnipeg Academy of Mixed Martial Arts product.

“If I don’t get it, I’ll just keep winning.”

The 32-year-old Ksiazkiewicz, nicknamed ‘The Iron Pol’ due to his size and Polish heritage, has rattled off back-to-back wins since losing to Brazil’s Mario Sousa via unanimous decision on Nov. 11, 2020 in Dana White’s Contender Series — a show that awards UFC contracts to fighters with impressive performances. The middleweight could have a chance to extend his winning streak soon as he left North Dakota with barely a scratch on him.

“I have an offer to fight for a promotion in Amsterdam next month. We’ll see. I’ll inquire about that. But otherwise, LFA wants me to fight for the belt so we’ll if we can make that happen if I don’t get a contract with the UFC,” said Ksiazkiewicz.

“The goal is to just keep on winning, keep my head down, keep training hard, and keep winning until the UFC can’t say no.”

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Eighteen years old and still in high school, Taylor got his start with the Free Press on June 1, 2011. Well, sort of.

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