Ex-Chelsea keeper destroyed in MMA title bout and champ wants Pudzianowski next

Former Chelsea goalkeeper Ricardo Prasel came up short in his KSW Heavyweight Championship bout against dominant Brit Phil De Fries – losing by first-round submission via rear-naked choke.

De Fries was quick to close down the range against his 6ft 7in opponent and managed to take him down to the ground where he began piling on huge pressure before moving to a finish.

Having secured the tap, with Prasel's eye showing huge damage, De Fries doubled down on his call-out of five-time World's Strongest Man turned heavyweight contender Mariusz Pudzianowski.

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De Fries said after the fight: "I felt great, Ricardo is a great grappler and he got me with a great knee to the body. Respect to the man."

The 36-year-old also detailed plans for his next fight, having told MMA Junkie before the fight: "I wanted Pudzian. I think Pudzian is the No. 1 contender. He's on a five-fight winning streak.

"Also, he’s the money fight and the big eyes fight."

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The Sunderland born scrapper has now defended his KSW Championship belt on seven occasions, having found a home after leaving the UFC back in 2013.

Pudzianowski, who was crowned World's Strongest Man on a record five occasions between 2002 and 2008, has secured five straight knockouts in the division and is now ranked No 3.

Speaking to Daily Star Sport back in May, Pudzianowski dismissed talk of a potential De Fries bout in order to focus on his fight with Michal Materla, which he won by knock-out.

However, he took to Facebook on Sunday and hinted a bout was on. He wrote: "Be sure of this that our paths will cross in a cage Philip De Fries. There will be a time for everything."

De Fries had trained with UFC light-heavyweight Paul Craig in the build-up to his latest bout – and had UFC London headliner Tom Aspinall in his corner.

Aspinall told the media after the fight that Pudzianowski is now the only challenge to De Fries in the Polish promotion after eight straight wins.

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