KSW 43 Opening Odds Reactions

KSW 43 takes place Saturday, April at Hala Stulecia in Wroclaw, Poland. The offshore sportsbooks have released full odds for the event, and they are below.

KSW 43 Opening Odds

Roberto Soldic -230
Dricus Du Plessis +170

Damian Janikowski -290
Yannick Bahati +210

Michael Andryszak -380
Philip de Fries +260

Antun Racic -140
Kamil Selwa +100

David Zawada -265
Michael Michalski +185

Maciej Kazieczko -170
Maciej Kalicinski +130

Here are my thoughts on the KSW 43 opening odds:

– Soldic is the KSW welterweight champion and this will be his first title defense. He’s won seven-straight fights, all by knockout, and looks poised to hold the KSW 170lbs title for the forseeable future. Du Plessis has also won seven-straight fights, most of them via submission. Both guys are in their mid 20s and this looks like a very good matchup. It looks like a striker vs. grappler type of fight and while I typically favor the grappler I favor the striker Soldic in this matchup based on what I’ve seen.

– Janikowski is another one of these wrestling super prospects and so far his MMA career has been smooth sailing as he’s won both his pro MMA bouts by knockout. His last win especially was impressive as he beat a guy with 50 MMA fights. Bahati has lost back-to-back fights by stoppage and it really looks like KSW is bringing him in here to lose. Having said that, he does have more experience and he has some finishing ability, but still. Janikowski is likely going to be able to take him down and pound him out, and he makes for intriguing parlay fodder if that’s the route one chooses to go with this card.

– The heavyweight bout between Andryszak and de Fries looks to be a mismatch, so it’s no surprise the line opened so high. Andyszak has won six-straight fights by stoppage including a knockout win over the late Tim Hague and a submission win over Bellator vet Michal Kita. He’s only 25 and looks to be a solid heavyweight prospect for a long time, and someone who the UFC could possibly sign in the future. De Fries is on a surprising two-fight win streak but this is a guy who we’ve seen in the past has a lousy chin. He’s been knocked out five times in his career, including three times back when he was in the UFC. I just think Andryszak is a really good prospect and I would be surprised to see him lose this fight. The line is pretty high right now but I would look to see what the under is when that opens as I don’t think this fight will go long.

Written by Adam Martin.

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