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Mariusz Pudzianowski (Template:IPA-pol) (born on February 7, 1977 in Biała Rawska, Poland) is a former gym instructor turned strongman competitor. He has won more World's Strongest Man titles than any other strongman competitor, winning the event in 2008 for his fifth time. He made his victorious mixed martial arts debut at KSW XII in Poland in December 2009.

He is sometimes known by the nicknames Pudzian, Dominator, Super Mariusz (Super Mario), Błękitne-oczy Dureń (Blue-eyed Git), Pyton (Python) and Duży Pyton (Big Python).

Strongman careerEdit

File:Mariusz Pudzianowski 7.JPG

Pudzianowski began workouts for strength sports at age 13.

On May 1, 1999 Pudzianowski entered his first Strongman competition, held in Płock, Poland. He achieved his first major success at the international level in 2000 when he finished fourth in his first World's Strongest Man (WSM) competition. He returned to win the WSM contest in 2002, and retained his title in 2003 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 WSM contest in 2004 but was later disqualified after testing positive for a banned performance enhancing substance. 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.Template:Citation needed 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) and joining Jón Páll Sigmarsson and Magnús Ver Magnússon as the only four-time winners.

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 WSM 2008 competition 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 Strongest Man competition, which took place in Malta, placing second after Žydrūnas Savickas, but it is uncertain if Pudzianowski wants to come back to strongman due to his decision to try Mixed Martial Arts.

DietEdit

In one of the World Strongman events shown on TV Mariusz when asked about diet said: "I eat everything. Lots of vegetables."

Pudzianowski commenting on his diet, "My energy comes from my diet. Breakfast is 10 eggs and 2-3 pounds of bacon. Between meals, I eat lots of candy. I need it for energy. Lunch, at 1 or 2 p.m., 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 get: steaks, pork chops, bacon, plus more sauerkraut and potatoes. [After I work out] I have a protein shake and more chocolate."

In an interview at the beginning of his world strongman career he said that his supplements, training, massages, etc. cost him about 6000 PLN (ca. $2050 USD as of Dec 2009 exchange rate) per month.[1]

AchievementsEdit

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
Completed contests
Competition Location Outcome Date
22px World's Strongest Man Valetta, Malta 2nd place 2009-03-10
United States flag World's Strongest Man Charleston, West Virginia, USA Winner 9/6-14/2008
Belarus flag World Strongman Federation Grand Prix Silichy, Belarus Winner 2008-03-08
Poland flag Poland Cup Poland Winner 2008-02-08
Russia flag World Strongman Federation Grand Prix (Globe's Strongest Man) Russia Winner 2008
Poland flag Poland vs. The World Poland Winner 2008
United States flag Mohegan Sun Super Series Grand Prix Uncasville, Connecticut, USA 2nd place 2008-01-19
United States flag World's Strongest Man Anaheim, California, USA Winner 2007
Norway flag Svend Karlsens Viking Power Super Series Grand Prix Norway Winner 2007
United States flag Venice Beach Super Series Grand Prix Venice Beach, California, USA 2nd place 2007
United States flag Mohegan Sun Super Series Grand Prix Uncasville, Connecticut, USA Winner 2007
Poland flag European Championship Poland Winner 2007
England flag World Strongman Cup Grand Prix England Winner 2007
22px World Strongman Cup Grand Prix Latvia Winner 2007
China flag World's Strongest Man Sanya, China 2nd place 2006
Poland flag Poland Super Series Grand Prix Poland Winner 2006
Russia flag Moscow Super Series Grand Prix Moscow, Russia Winner 2006
United States flag Mohegan Sun Super Series Grand Prix Uncasville, Connecticut, USA Winner 2006
Russia flag World Strongman Cup Grand Prix Russia Winner 2006
Poland flag World Strongman Cup Grand Prix Poland Winner 2006
22px World Strongman Cup Grand Prix Latvia Winner 2006
22px World Strongman Cup Grand Prix Belarus Winner 2006
United States flag Arnold's Strongest Man Columbus, Ohio, USA 6th place 2005
China flag World's Strongest Man Chengdu, China Winner 2005
Poland flag Poland vs. The World Poland Winner 2005
United States flag Mohegan Sun Super Series Grand Prix Uncasville, Connecticut, USA Winner 2005
Sweden flag Sweden Super Series Grand Prix Sweden Winner 2005
Poland flag Poland Super Series Grand Prix Poland Winner 2005
United States flag Venice Beach Super Series Grand Prix Venice Beach, California, USA Winner 2005
22px World Strongman Cup Grand Prix Austria Winner 2005
United States flag Arnold's Strongest Man Columbus, Ohio, USA 4th place 2004
22px World's Strongest Man Nassau, Paradise Island, The Bahamas Disqualified (originally 3rd place) 2004
Poland flag European Championship Jelenia Gora, Poland Winner 2004
Poland flag World Team Championship Plock, Poland Winner 2004
Russia flag Moscow Super Series Grand Prix Moscow, Russia Winner 2004
Poland flag Polish Cup Poland Winner 2004
22px World's Strongest Man Victoria Falls, Zambia Winner 2003
Poland flag European Championship Sandomierz, Poland Winner 2003
22px World Team Championship Hungary Winner 2003
Finland flag Ylitornio Challenge Finland Winner 2003
Poland flag World Record Breakers Gdynia, Poland Winner 2003
Poland flag Polish Cup Poland Winner 2003
United States flag Arnold's Strongest Man Columbus, Ohio, USA 5th place 2003
Finland flag Finland Super Series Grand Prix Finland 2nd place 2003
Canada flag Canada Super Series Grand Prix Canada 2nd place 2003
Netherlands flag Holland Super Series Grand Prix Holland Winner 2003
United States flag Hawaii Super Series Grand Prix Hawaii, USA Winner 2003
22px World's Strongest Man Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Winner 2002
United States flag Hawaii Super Series Grand Prix Hawaii, USA 3rd place 2002
Sweden flag Sweden Super Series Grand Prix Sweden 5th place 2002
Poland flag European Championship Gdynia, Poland Winner 2002
Poland flag Polish Cup Poland 2nd place 2002
22px World Team Championship Hungary 3rd place 2002
Ireland flag World's Giants Ireland Winner 2002
South Africa flag World's Strongest Man Sun City, South Africa 4th place 2000
Finland flag Helsinki Grand Prix Finland 10th place 2000
22px World Team Championship Hungary 2nd place 2000
Poland flag World Cup Grand Prix Poland Winner 2000
China flag World Team Championship China 3rd place 1999
Poland flag Polish Cup Poland Winner 1999

RugbyEdit

Pudzianowski is also a keen amateur rugby union player,[2][3] and plays with Blachy Pruszyński Budowlani Lodz.[4]

Blachy coach Miroslaw Szczepanski said of him:

"I'm very pleased with his performance. He is an absolute world-level champion. You have to remember that his is an individual, non-contact, sport, yet he is still able to synchronize himself with the team despite few actual team practices. He came in during a very difficult situation while had to defend and played in the forwards. He was immensely invaluable, especially in the scrums, where thanks to his strength and power we were able to push the opponent back twenty metres"
― [4]

Musical careerEdit

In 2005, Mariusz formed a musical group called Pudzian Band, with himself as a singer. In 2006 the Pudzian band toured for the first time and they recorded the song Zdobyć świat ("To Conquer the World"). The other members of the group are Krystian Pudzianowski (Mariusz's brother), and Anna Brzozowska.

EducationEdit

On 27 May 2008 he graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in International Relations. His thesis: "Organizational culture in sports marketing in the world".[5]

ImprisonmentEdit

Mariusz spent 19 months in prison.[6][7]

Mariusz was quoted in an interview with TV magazine "Fakt TV" as saying, "Do aresztu śledczego wsadził mnie miejscowy boss. Jest człowiekiem bardzo wpływowym i wyjątkowo brutalnym. Właśnie poszło o tę brutalność, bo nie mogłem patrzeć, jak się znęcał nad osiemnastoletnim chłopakiem. Bił go, aż chłopak upadł, potem skopał leżącego i stanął mu butem na twarzy. Właśnie ta scena z butem wyprowadziła mnie z równowagi" - opowiedział magazynowi Faktu Pudzian.[6]

(English translation: "A local (mafia) boss got me into jail. He's very influential and a very brutal person. It was because of this brutality. I couldn't just stand and watch as he physically abused an eighteen year old boy. He hit the boy until he fell down and then he kicked him and put a shoe in/stood on his face. It was that scene with the shoe that made me angry/made me lose it" - Pudzian told Fakt. [8])

As a result he spent 19 months in jail, because the thug accused him of assault and stealing his gold chain. In jail, Pudzianowski spent his time training. Several years later he organized a rehabilitation/resocialization meeting in the same penal institution.[9][10] Because of the imprisonment he could not participate in some of 2000 and all of 2001 strongman events.

Dancing With The Stars (Polish version) Edit

Mariusz took part in the 2008 Polish version of Dancing with the Stars, eventually finishing in second place overall.

Despite often placing in the bottom two, his popularity with the audience saw him voted through to the grand final.[11]

Mixed Martial Arts careerEdit

Apart from the WSM, Pudzianowski is a fourth kyu green belt in Kyokushin kaikan karate, and has also trained as an amateur boxer.[12]

Mariusz Pudzianowski faced off against fellow MMA newcomer Marcin Najman in a heavyweight match-up in Warsaw, Poland as the headliner for KSW XII. Mariusz won the fight in 0:43 of the first round by tap-out due to punches and leg kicks.

File:Pudzian vs Najman.jpg

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.") [13][14] According to the press, Mariusz collected 200,000 PLN for this fight ($70,475 as of 11/12/2009 exchange rate), with his opponent getting four times less that amount. [15]

Pudzianowski will next fight at KSW XIII against Robert Paczków.

Just two weeks later, he will fight former UFC Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia[16] in the U.S.

Mixed Martial Arts recordEdit

Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
United States flag Tim Sylvia May 21, 2010 United States flag Boston, Massachusetts
Win 2-0 Yusuke Kawaguchi Decision (majority) KSW XIII May 7, 2010 2 10:00 Poland flag Katowice, Poland
Win 1–0 Poland flag Marcin Najman TKO (strikes) KSW XII December 11, 2009 1 0:43 Poland flag Warsaw, Poland MMA debut

External linksEdit

FootnotesEdit

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