Former Worlds Strongest Man Mariusz Pudzianowski is now an MMA fighter with an impressive record of 12 wins and 5 losses considering he began fighting professionally only after 3 months of training. Mariusz released a video of himself working on the heavy bag for his next fight and he has so much power that he knocks out the bag.
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Mariusz Zbigniew Pudzianowski (Polish pronunciation: [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.
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 re socialization meeting for the prisoners at the same penal institution. On May 1, 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.