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Mariusz Pudzianowski
Polish strongman

Mariusz Pudzianowski

Mariusz Pudzianowski
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Intro Polish strongman
A.K.A. Pudzian
Is Athlete Rugby union player Karateka Powerlifter Strongman Boxer Wrestler Amateur wrestler
From Poland
Field Sports
Gender male
Birth 7 February 1977, Biała Rawska, Poland
Age 45 years
Star sign Aquarius
Height: 186 cm
Weight: 142 kg
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Mariusz Zbigniew Pudzianowski ([ˈmarjuʂ pudʑaˈnɔfskʲi]; born 7 February 1977), known in Poland as "Pudzian" and "Dominator" is a Polish former strongman competitor and current mixed martial artist. During his career as a strongman, Pudzianowski won five World's Strongest Man titles, more than any other athlete according to Guinness World Records. He also won two runner-up titles. In 2009, Pudzianowski debuted as a mixed martial artist.

Early years

Mariusz Pudzianowski was born in Biała Rawska, Poland. His father, Wojciech, was a weightlifter. 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 began strength training at the age of thirteen. When he was fifteen, Pudzianowski also started training boxing, quitting after seven years. Pudzianowski debuted in professional sports at the age of sixteen, taking part in Polish Weightlifting Championship, in the bench press event.


In 2000 and 2001, Pudzianowski spent 19 months in Łowicz prison for assault. In an interview, he said he wanted to stop a "local mafia boss", and he got accused of assault and stealing his golden 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 1 May 1999 Pudzianowski entered his first Strongman competition, held in Płock, Poland. 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. Due to his prison sentence, he did not return for the 2001 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. 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). He joined Jon Pall Sigmarsson and Magnus Ver Magnusson as the only men to win the competition four times.

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.

Personal records

  • Bench press – 290 kilograms (640 lb)
  • Squat – 380 kilograms (840 lb)
  • Deadlift – 415 kilograms (915 lb)

Achievements as a strongman

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

Professional 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th INJ DNQ Total
Polish 15 1 16
International 27 6 4 2 2 1 1 43
Combined 42 7 4 2 2 1 1 59
Competition Location Outcome Date
World's Strongest Man Valletta, Malta 2nd place 2009-03-10
World's Strongest Man Charleston, West Virginia, USA Winner 9/6-14/2008
World Strongman Federation Grand Prix Silichy, Belarus Winner 2008-03-08
Poland Cup Poland Winner 2008-02-08
World Strongman Federation Grand Prix (Globe's Strongest Man) Russia Winner 2008
Poland vs. The World Poland Winner 2008
Mohegan Sun Super Series Grand Prix Uncasville, Connecticut, USA 2nd place 2008-01-19
World's Strongest Man Anaheim, California, USA Winner 2007
Svend Karlsens Viking Power Super Series Grand Prix Norway Winner 2007
Venice Beach Super Series Grand Prix Venice Beach, California, USA 2nd place 2007
Mohegan Sun Super Series Grand Prix Uncasville, Connecticut, USA Winner 2007
European Championship Poland Winner 2007
World Strongman Cup Grand Prix England Winner 2007
World Strongman Cup Grand Prix Latvia Winner 2007
World's Strongest Man Sanya, China 2nd place 2006
Poland Super Series Grand Prix Poland Winner 2006
Moscow Super Series Grand Prix Moscow, Russia Winner 2006
Mohegan Sun Super Series Grand Prix Uncasville, Connecticut, USA Winner 2006
World Strongman Cup Grand Prix Russia Winner 2006
World Strongman Cup Grand Prix Poland Winner 2006
World Strongman Cup Grand Prix Latvia Winner 2006
World Strongman Cup Grand Prix Belarus Winner 2006
Arnold's Strongest Man Columbus, Ohio, USA 6th place 2005
World's Strongest Man Chengdu, China Winner 2005
Poland vs. The World Poland Winner 2005
Mohegan Sun Super Series Grand Prix Uncasville, Connecticut, USA Winner 2005
Sweden Super Series Grand Prix Sweden Winner 2005
Poland Super Series Grand Prix Poland Winner 2005
Venice Beach Super Series Grand Prix Venice Beach, California, USA Winner 2005
World Strongman Cup Grand Prix Austria Winner 2005
Arnold's Strongest Man Columbus, Ohio, USA 4th place 2004
World's Strongest Man Nassau, Paradise Island, The Bahamas Disqualified (originally 3rd place) 2004
European Championship Jelenia Gora, Poland Winner 2004
World Team Championship Plock, Poland Winner 2004
Moscow Super Series Grand Prix Moscow, Russia Winner 2004
Polish Cup Poland Winner 2004
World's Strongest Man Victoria Falls, Zambia Winner 2003
European Championship Sandomierz, Poland Winner 2003
World Team Championship Hungary Winner 2003
Ylitornio Challenge Finland Winner 2003
World Record Breakers Gdynia, Poland Winner 2003
Polish Cup Poland Winner 2003
Arnold's Strongest Man Columbus, Ohio, USA 5th place 2003
Finland Super Series Grand Prix Finland 2nd place 2003
Canada Super Series Grand Prix Canada 2nd place 2003
Holland Super Series Grand Prix Holland Winner 2003
Hawaii Super Series Grand Prix Hawaii, USA Winner 2003
World's Strongest Man Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Winner 2002
Hawaii Super Series Grand Prix Hawaii, USA 3rd place 2002
Sweden Super Series Grand Prix Sweden 5th place 2002
European Championship Gdynia, Poland Winner 2002
Polish Cup Poland 2nd place 2002
World Team Championship Hungary 3rd place 2002
World's Giants Ireland Winner 2002
World's Strongest Man Sun City, South Africa 4th place 2000
Helsinki Grand Prix Finland 10th place 2000
World Team Championship Hungary 2nd place 2000
World Cup Grand Prix Poland Winner 2000
World Team Championship China 3rd place 1999
Polish Cup Poland Winner 1999

Mixed martial arts

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

He debuted as a mixed martial arts fighter on 11 December 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). 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). Najman was forced to tap the mat, indicating he wanted to end the fight, which lasted for only 43 seconds. 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.") Pudzianowski collected 200,000 złoty (US$70,000) for the fight.

On 7 May 2010, during the KSW 13 event, Pudzianowski won his second fight, against Yusuke Kawaguchi. The fight lasted two full rounds, with Pudzianowski winning by judges' decision. The fight was described as a "sloppy brawl". 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".

On 21 May 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.

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 18 September. 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.

On 21 May 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 26 November 2011. He faced James Thompson in a rematch. 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 28 November, 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. 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 15 September in the main event of KSW 20. 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. 8 June 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 28 September at KSW 24 and Mariusz Pudzianowski won by unanimous decision. After the second fight with Mariusz Pudzianowski, Sean McCorkle expressed interest in a third fight.

On 17 May 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.

On 6 December 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.

Pudzianowski next fought Rolles Gracie Jr. in KSW 31, on 23 May 2015 in Gdańsk, Poland. He defeated him via KO in the 1st round. On 31 October 2015 Pudzianowski lost to Peter Graham via TKO in the second round. And then on 27 May 2016 in KSW 35 against Marcin Rozalski, he lost also in the second round this time by guillotine choke. In his next fight in KSW 37 on 3 December 2016 Pudzianowski defeated Pawel Mikolajuw with TKO in the first round. On 27 May 2017 in KSW 39 Pudzianowski defeated Tyberiusz Kowalczyk via submission to punches in the second round. Pudzianowski was expected to face James McSweeney in KSW 40 on 22 October 2017. However, he eventually faced Jay Silva and won by majority decision.

Championships and accomplishments

  • Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki
    • Knockout of the Night (One time)

Mixed martial arts record

Professional record breakdown
21 matches 13 wins 7 losses
By knockout 8 3
By submission 0 4
By decision 5 0
No contests 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 13–7 (1) Erko Jun TKO (punches) KSW 51: Croatia 9 November 2019 2 1:43 Zagreb, Croatia
Loss 12–7 (1) Szymon Kołecki TKO (leg injury) KSW 47: The X-Warriors 23 March 2019 1 4:29 Łódź, Poland
Loss 12–6 (1) Karol Bedorf Submission (kimura) KSW 44: The Game 9 June 2018 1 1:51 Gdańsk, Poland
Win 12–5 (1) Jay Silva Decision (majority) KSW 40: Dublin 22 October 2017 3 5:00 Dublin, Ireland
Win 11–5 (1) Tyberiusz Kowalczyk TKO (submission to punches) KSW 39: Colosseum 27 May 2017 2 2:50 Warsaw, Poland
Win 10–5 (1) Paweł Mikołajuw TKO (punches) KSW 37: Circus of Pain 3 December 2016 1 1:20 Kraków, Poland
Loss 9–5 (1) Marcin Różalski Submission (guillotine choke) KSW 35: Khalidov vs. Karaoglu 27 May 2016 2 1:46 Gdańsk/Sopot, Poland
Loss 9–4 (1) Peter Graham TKO (punches and elbows) KSW 32: Road To Wembley 31 October 2015 2 2:00 London, England
Win 9–3 (1) Rolles Gracie Jr. KO (punch) KSW 31 23 May 2015 1 0:27 Gdańsk, Poland Knockout of the Night.
Win 8–3 (1) Paweł Nastula Decision (unanimous) KSW 29 6 December 2014 3 3:00 Kraków, Poland
Win 7–3 (1) Oli Thompson Decision (unanimous) KSW 27 17 May 2014 2 5:00 Gdańsk, Poland
Win 6–3 (1) Sean McCorkle Decision (unanimous) KSW 24 28 September 2013 2 5:00 Łódź, Poland
Loss 5–3 (1) Sean McCorkle Submission (kimura) KSW 23 8 June 2013 1 1:57 Gdańsk, Poland
Win 5–2 (1) Christos Piliafas TKO (punches) KSW 20 15 September 2012 1 3:48 Gdańsk, Poland
Win 4–2 (1) Bob Sapp TKO (punches) KSW 19 12 May 2012 1 0:39 Łódź, Poland
NC 3–2 (1) James Thompson NC (overturned) KSW 17: Revenge 26 November 2011 2 5:00 Łódź, Poland Original decision win; result overturned due to a judging error.
Loss 3–2 James Thompson Submission (arm-triangle choke) KSW 16: Khalidov vs. Lindland 21 May 2011 2 1:06 Gdańsk, Poland
Win 3–1 Butterbean TKO (submission to punches) KSW 14: Judgment Day 18 September 2010 1 1:15 Łódź, Poland
Loss 2–1 Ron Belliveau TKO (submission to punches) Moosin: God of Martial Arts 21 May 2010 1 0:43 Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Win 2–0 Yusuke Kawaguchi Decision (unanimous) KSW 13: Kumite 7 May 2010 2 5:00 Katowice, Poland
Win 1–0 Marcin Najman TKO (submission to punches) KSW 12: Pudzianowski vs. Najman 11 December 2009 1 0:43 Warsaw, Poland

Outside professional sports


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


In an interview in 2009 Mariusz said that he treats the 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 US$60,000, and the winner of Grand Prix in the US can get anywhere from US$100,000 to $150,000). He owns a very successful company (a school for bodyguards) and various real estates. Those are his main sources of money. Pudzianowski also owns a truck cargo company named Pudzianowski Transport.

Musical career

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).

Celebrity status

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


Pudzianowski is also a keen amateur rugby union player, and plays with Blachy Pruszyński Budowlani Łódź.

Strongman diet

Pudzianowski is liberal with his diet and is often seen eating chocolate, ice cream or burgers. On one of the World Strongman 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".

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.

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).

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. US 2,000) per month.


  • "Dominator" – an energy drink using Pudzianowski's profile is being distributed in Poland.
  • Mariusz appeared in a Met-rx commercial which aired during the U.S. broadcast of the 2007 World's Strongest Man contest.


The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 23 Mar 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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