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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Professional Competitive Record - [1st (42),2nd (7) ,3rd (4) - Out of Total(59)]
Performance Metric - .964 [Polish - .995 International - .953]
|22px World's Strongest Man||Valetta, Malta||2nd place||2009-03-10|
|World's Strongest Man||Charleston, West Virginia, USA||Winner||9/6-14/2008|
|World Strongman Federation Grand Prix||Silichy, Belarus||Winner||2008-03-08|
|World Strongman Federation Grand Prix (Globe's Strongest Man)||Russia||Winner||2008|
|Poland vs. The World||Poland||Winner||2008|
|Mohegan Sun Super Series Grand Prix||Uncasville, Connecticut, USA||2nd place||2008-01-19|
|World's Strongest Man||Anaheim, California, USA||Winner||2007|
|Svend Karlsens Viking Power Super Series Grand Prix||Norway||Winner||2007|
|Venice Beach Super Series Grand Prix||Venice Beach, California, USA||2nd place||2007|
|Mohegan Sun Super Series Grand Prix||Uncasville, Connecticut, USA||Winner||2007|
|World Strongman Cup Grand Prix||England||Winner||2007|
|22px World Strongman Cup Grand Prix||Latvia||Winner||2007|
|World's Strongest Man||Sanya, China||2nd place||2006|
|Poland Super Series Grand Prix||Poland||Winner||2006|
|Moscow Super Series Grand Prix||Moscow, Russia||Winner||2006|
|Mohegan Sun Super Series Grand Prix||Uncasville, Connecticut, USA||Winner||2006|
|World Strongman Cup Grand Prix||Russia||Winner||2006|
|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|
|Arnold's Strongest Man||Columbus, Ohio, USA||6th place||2005|
|World's Strongest Man||Chengdu, China||Winner||2005|
|Poland vs. The World||Poland||Winner||2005|
|Mohegan Sun Super Series Grand Prix||Uncasville, Connecticut, USA||Winner||2005|
|Sweden Super Series Grand Prix||Sweden||Winner||2005|
|Poland Super Series Grand Prix||Poland||Winner||2005|
|Venice Beach Super Series Grand Prix||Venice Beach, California, USA||Winner||2005|
|22px World Strongman Cup Grand Prix||Austria||Winner||2005|
|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|
|European Championship||Jelenia Gora, Poland||Winner||2004|
|World Team Championship||Plock, Poland||Winner||2004|
|Moscow Super Series Grand Prix||Moscow, Russia||Winner||2004|
|22px World's Strongest Man||Victoria Falls, Zambia||Winner||2003|
|European Championship||Sandomierz, Poland||Winner||2003|
|22px World Team Championship||Hungary||Winner||2003|
|World Record Breakers||Gdynia, Poland||Winner||2003|
|Arnold's Strongest Man||Columbus, Ohio, USA||5th place||2003|
|Finland Super Series Grand Prix||Finland||2nd place||2003|
|Canada Super Series Grand Prix||Canada||2nd place||2003|
|Holland Super Series Grand Prix||Holland||Winner||2003|
|Hawaii Super Series Grand Prix||Hawaii, USA||Winner||2003|
|22px World's Strongest Man||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia||Winner||2002|
|Hawaii Super Series Grand Prix||Hawaii, USA||3rd place||2002|
|Sweden Super Series Grand Prix||Sweden||5th place||2002|
|European Championship||Gdynia, Poland||Winner||2002|
|Polish Cup||Poland||2nd place||2002|
|22px World Team Championship||Hungary||3rd place||2002|
|World's Strongest Man||Sun City, South Africa||4th place||2000|
|Helsinki Grand Prix||Finland||10th place||2000|
|22px World Team Championship||Hungary||2nd place||2000|
|World Cup Grand Prix||Poland||Winner||2000|
|World Team Championship||China||3rd place||1999|
- See also: Rugby union in Poland
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"
- ― 
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.
On 27 May 2008 he graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in International Relations. His thesis: "Organizational culture in sports marketing in the world".
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.
(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. )
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.")  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. 
Mixed Martial Arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|6||1 win||0 losses|
|Tim Sylvia||May 21, 2010||Boston, Massachusetts|
|Win||2-0||Yusuke Kawaguchi||Decision (majority)||KSW XIII||May 7, 2010||2||10:00||Katowice, Poland|
|Win||1–0||Marcin Najman||TKO (strikes)||KSW XII||December 11, 2009||1||0:43||Warsaw, Poland||MMA debut|
- Official website (Polish)
- Mariusz Pudzianowski Fan Site
- Sherdog.com MMA Blog: The Big Pudzianowski: Polish Strongman Mulling Emelianenko
- ↑ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kijnha6oaOc&feature=related
- ↑ http://www.myconfinedspace.com/2009/02/07/mariusz-pudzianowski-playing-rugby/
- ↑ http://wesclark.com/rrr/famous.html
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 http://ipd.home.pl/pudzian/english/akt_10_03_1.php
- ↑ http://www.swspiz.pl/index.php?gid=6&idakt=69/uczelnia/aktualnosci/
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Pudzian was in jail!.
- ↑ Pudzian in jail!.
- ↑ Request for translation.
- ↑ http://nocoty.pl/title,Pudzian-siedzial-w-wiezieniu,wid,9821874,wiadomosc.html?ticaid=6943a
- ↑ http://jackal.livejournal.com/1975902.html?thread=3199070#t3199070
- ↑ Photos of Mariusz Pudzianowski in Dancing with the Stars.
- ↑ Mariusz Pudzianowski Wins MMA Debut Against Marcin Najman at KSW 12, MMA Waves, 12 December 2009
- ↑ http://sport.interia.pl/raport/pudzianowski-najman/news/pudzian-do-najmana-ta-reka-moge-zabic,1409730
- ↑ http://pudzian-najman.pl/
- ↑ http://sport.interia.pl/raport/pudzianowski-najman/pudzian-el-testosteron-na-zywo/news/tak-pudzian-zmasakrowal-najmana-film,1410291,6659
- ↑ http://www.fightersonlymagazine.co.uk/news/viewarticle.php?id=4124
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