Marcin Rozalski, the tattooed Polish warrior who won titles in both MMA and kickboxing, has retired from competition. The fighter made the announcement on social media recently, and a Polish sports website has published the report.
Rozalski, 40, is one of Poland’s most popular fighters. After beginning his pro kickboxing career in 2004, he won an ISKA heavyweight K-1 rules title three years later in 2007.
Rozalski was also the runner-up in the 2007 K-1 Poland tournament. In 2009, he took a hiatus from kickboxing competition, and began competing in MMA in 2011. The fighter competed for the popular Polish promotion KSW. He even won the organization’s heavyweight title in 2017 with a 16 second knockout, but then vacated the title.
Last year, he returned to kickboxing. Rozalski had a super fight scheduled for DSF Kickboxing Challenge 14 against French legend Jerome Le Banner. Le Banner withdrew from the fight because of injury, and was replaced by another K-1 veteran Peter “Big Chief” Graham.
Graham had defeated Rozalski in an MMA bout, but the Polish fighter avenged that loss with a unanimous decision win under kickboxing rules. That bout took place on the 13th of April, and the fighter had been inactive since.
A bout between Rozalski and old rival Lukasz Jarosz had been discussed. Jarosz defeated Rozalski in the 2007 K-1 Poland tournament by stoppage, and recently signed with DSF.