UFC vs. KSW: Differences and Facts

If you follow MMA, you are probably aware of the UFC and KSW brands. But what are the similarities between these two MMA brands? And what are the differences that you need to know about? KSW (Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki) was founded by Martin Lewandowski & Maciej Kawulski.

The biggest MMA organization in the world is UFC. It is the biggest promoter of MMA matches worldwide and has events in multiple countries. The second biggest MMA organization in the world is KSW. It is a Polish MMA organization that has its events in Poland.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and KSW are the world’s biggest mixed martial arts organizations. UFC was founded in 1993, and KSW was 2004. But they have very different histories and rules.

We’ll give you a brief overview of UFC vs. KSW and then compare the facts about each organization.

History and Background of UFC and KSW

The UFC is a mixed martial arts promotion company that hosts the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). The KSW is a mixed martial arts promotion company hosting Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki (KSW).

The UFC was founded by Rorion Gracie, Art Davie, and Campbell McLaren with an idea of what they call “No Holds Barred.” This means there are no rules or restrictions on how fighters can fight each other inside the ring if they do not use weapons or illegal moves such as biting or eye gouging.

The first UFC event took place on November 12th, 1993, at McNichols Sports Arena in Denver, Colorado, where Royce Gracie defeated Gerard Gordeau via submission due to strikes after 2:17 minutes into round one for his first win during this tournament series called “Ultimate Fighting Championship”.

Which later became known simply as “UFC”. They held their last event, called UFC 232: Jones vs. Gustafsson II, which took place on December 29th, 2018, at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, where Jon Jones defeated Alexander Gustafson via unanimous decision after 5 rounds (5×5 min).

Differences in Rules and Regulations Between UFC And KSW

There are several differences in rules and regulations between UFC and KSW.

UFC, the biggest MMA promotion in the world, has a set of rules that all fighters must follow when competing in their events. These include:

UFC’s Rules and Regulations

The UFC has a few rules that differ from KSW’s. For example, the UFC does not allow headbutts or groin strikes, while KSW does. Additionally, they have stricter regulations regarding using knees and kicks to an opponent’s head while they are grounded (a downed fighter).

Also, unlike KSW, the UFC mandates that fighters wear 4 oz gloves instead of 6 oz gloves; this helps prevent cuts on the face which can lead to severe bleeding if not properly cared for after each fight.

KSW’s Rules and Regulations

KSW’s rules and regulations are more strict than UFC’s. KSW uses more boxing-like rules than the UFC, making fights more exciting. It’s also more in line with the rules of MMA, so if you’re a fan of that sport, you’ll probably enjoy watching KSW.

Comparison of the Rules and Regulations of Each Organization

The UFC and KSW have different rules and regulations. The most notable difference between the two organizations is that KSW allows knees and kicks to the head of a grounded opponent, while the UFC does not.

In addition to this rule, there are other differences between them:

  • The weight classes in each organization vary; for example, UFC has six more divisions than UFC (light heavyweight/cruiserweight).
  • A fighter can win by submission or knockout in either event but must go five rounds before being declared victorious. If there is no winner after five rounds, an extra round will take place until a decision is made on who should be crowned champion at that particular fight night or tournament event.

For example: if two fighters are tied after four rounds, they will compete against each other again until one gets knocked out or submits.

Differences in Weight Classes Between UFC and KSW

UFC’s Weight Classes

The UFC has 14 weight classes, which are:

  • Heavyweight (265 pounds and over)
  • Light Heavyweight (205-265 pounds)
  • Middleweight (185-205 pounds)
  • Welterweight (170-185 pounds)
  • Super Welterweight (168-170 pounds)
  • Super Lightweight (155-168 pounds) Lightweight (146-155 pounds) Featherweight (136-145 pounds) Bantamweight (125-135 pounds) Flyweight (-123 lbs.)

KSW’s Weight Classes

KSW has a total of 8 weight classes which are as follows:

  • Flyweight: 125 lbs (57 kg)
  • Bantamweight: 135 lbs (61 kg)
  • Featherweight: 145 lbs (66 kg)
  • Lightweight: 155 lbs (70 kg)
  • Welterweight: 170 lbs (77 kg)
  • Middleweight: 185 lbs (84 kg)
  • Light Heavyweight: 205 lbs (93 kg)
  • Heavyweight: 265 lbs (120 kg)

The promotion employs a strict weight-cutting system. All fighters must make weight at the official weigh-ins held the day before the event. If a fighter misses weight, they will be given 2 hours to make the weight. If they cannot gain weight within that time frame, they will be automatically disqualified and not be allowed to compete.

Differences in Champion Titles Between UFC and KSW

UFC’s Champion Titles

The UFC is the world’s leading mixed martial arts organization, and its champion titles are the most coveted in the sport. The UFC’s champion titles are awarded to the winners of the organization’s annual tournament, which features the best fighters worldwide.

The tournament is divided into weight classes, and a series of matches determine the champions of each weight class. The UFC’s champion titles are also awarded to the winners of the organization’s annual pay-per-view event, the world’s biggest mixed martial arts event.

UFC’s champion titles are more prestigious than KSW’s champion titles. This is because many great fighters, such as Conor McGregor, Ronda Rousey, and Demetrious Johnson, have won and successfully defended belts in the UFC.

In comparison to this list of legends of MMA history who were champions at one point or another during their careers, fewer Polish fighters have become world champions in KSW (e.g., Tomasz Narkun).

UFC’s champion titles are also harder to win than KSW’s (a fact that can be proven by looking at the number of fights needed for each belt). For example:

  • The lightweight title requires only 6 fights before being awarded; whereas
  • The middleweight title requires 13 bouts before earning its holder this distinction.

KSW’s Champion Titles

When a fighter wins a championship title, they are recognized as the best in KSW and one of the best in the world. This is a huge accomplishment and one that is not taken lightly by any means. KSW’s champion titles are highly coveted, and fighters will do whatever it takes to win one.

Differences in Champion Titles Between UFC and KSW

They both host some of the biggest events in the sport and have a large following of fans. However, there are some differences between the two organizations regarding champion titles.

For starters, the UFC only has one champion per weight class, whereas KSW has multiple champions in each weight class. This is because KSW operates under a Grand Prix tournament format, where multiple fighters compete in a tournament, and the winner has crowned the champion.

On the other hand, the UFC uses the more traditional format of having fighters compete in individual matches to determine the champion.

Another difference is that a panel of judges decides the UFC champions, whereas the fans decide the KSW champions. This is because KSW uses a voting system where fans can vote for who they think should be the champion.

This makes the KSW champion titles more prestigious, as the fans ultimately decide who the best fighter is.

So, while the UFC and KSW are two of the world’s biggest and most popular mixed martial arts organizations, there are some differences between them regarding champion titles.

Differences in Fighting Styles Between UFC and KSW

UFC and KSW have different fighting styles. UFC is more of a wrestling-based organization, while KSW is more of a kickboxing-based organization. The differences in the two organizations’ fighting styles can be seen in their fighters’ backgrounds and training methods. Such as,

UFC’s Fighting Styles

UFC has four main fighting styles: boxing, kickboxing, jiu-jitsu, and wrestling. Each fighter has their own unique style, but most use a combination of these four styles.

Boxing is the most common style of fighting in UFC. It is a stand-up sport that uses punches to knock out an opponent.

Kickboxing is another stand-up sport that uses kicks and punches to knockout an opponent.

Jiu-jitsu is a ground-based fighting style that uses submissions and chokeholds to defeat an opponent. Many UFC fighters also train in Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ), another form of grappling that focuses on using leverage over strength when locking up with an opponent.

Who have you pinned down or against something like a wall? It’s effective because even if someone is stronger than you physically, it doesn’t matter if they don’t know how to use their strength effectively.

UFC fighters tend to come from collegiate wrestling or at least have some background. This makes sense because many UFC fights to end up on the ground, where wrestlers excel due to their experience with takedowns and submissions from there.

Wrestling is a ground-based fighting style that uses takedowns and submissions to defeat opponents.

KSW’s Fighting Styles

KSW is a mixed martial arts organization that uses a variety of fighting styles. The most common styles used are Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Boxing, and Wrestling. However, the organization has also used fighters from Judo, Karate, and Taekwondo backgrounds. KSW has a reputation for being one of the world’s most diverse and entertaining MMA organizations.

Comparison of Fighting Styles Between UFC and KSW

When it comes to mixed martial arts, there are a variety of different fighting styles that can be employed to secure a victory. The most popular fighting styles in the UFC are Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, wrestling, and Muay Thai.

In contrast, the Polish promotion KSW is known for its focus on stand-up striking, with many of its top stars being skilled in boxing, kickboxing, and Muay Thai.

While the UFC and KSW feature various fighting styles, there are some notable differences between the two promotions. In the UFC, most fights occur in a cage, while KSW fights occur inside a traditional boxing ring.

Additionally, KSW has a unique rule set that includes things like headbutts and elbows, which are not allowed in the UFC.

Ultimately, the UFC and KSW are two of the world’s top mixed martial arts promotions, and each has its own unique style. Whether you prefer the fast-paced action of the UFC or the more technical striking of KSW, there is something for everyone.

Differences in Popularity and Fan Base Between UFC and KSW

UFC’s Popularity and Fan Base

The UFC has a larger fan base and viewership than KSW. The UFC has more fans and followers on social media and more TV viewers on pay-per-view events compared to KSW.

The popularity of mixed martial arts (MMA) had grown significantly over the years, particularly in North America, where it is now considered one of the most popular sports in the country, with millions of viewers tuning into events like UFC 229: Khabib vs. McGregor which broke all kinds of records for an MMA event when it was streamed online via ESPN+ last October 2018

KSW’s Popularity and Fan Base

Although KSW is a popular sport in Poland, it’s popularity and fan base are much smaller than UFC’s.

KSW has a smaller fan base than UFC.

The popularity of KSW is significantly lower than that of UFC.

Comparison of the Popularity and Fan Base of Each Organization

UFC is the world’s largest mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion, with over 1 billion viewers worldwide. KSW is Poland’s largest MMA organization but has a smaller fan base than the UFC.

Several factors can measure the popularity of these two organizations:

Fan Base Size – According to social media statistics from Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, UFC has more than 26 million followers compared to KSW’s 14 million. This means that UFC has more fans across all platforms by a factor of 2:1 or 3:2, depending on how you count them (some accounts have multiple followers because they’re connected to other pages).

Geographic Distribution – The US has been the biggest market for both promotions since their inception; however, there are some differences within this region: KSW tends to attract more Polish-American fans in Chicago and New York City (as well as some non-Poles living abroad).

Most Americans prefer watching fights on TV rather than attending live events, so there aren’t many local chapters outside California where most fighters live.

In contrast, Europeans tend not only to watch but also attend events regularly, so there are many local chapters across Europe, including Germany, where KSW recently held its latest show, “KSW 48”.

Differences in Fighter Pay Between UFC and KSW

UFC’s Fighter Pay Structure

UFC fighters are paid based on their win-loss record, with more experienced and successful fighters earning more money. As a result, it can take years for fighters to make enough money to support themselves full-time without having another job or source of income.

This is especially true for new fighters who don’t have any previous experience in the sport and, therefore, will be unable to generate as much revenue in terms of sponsorships or endorsement deals as other athletes.

UFC fighters also earn additional money from bonuses and sponsorship deals that can add up over time to compensate for any pay shortfall compared to their KSW counterparts.

KSW’s Fighter Pay Structure

KSW has a different approach when it comes to paying their athletes. KSW’s fighter pay structure is a flat rate. This means all fighters are paid the same amount, regardless of their experience or popularity with the fans.

While this may seem like a disadvantage for some fighters on paper, KSW’s flat rate is determined by the promotion and not based on a gate or PPV revenue.

In contrast to UFC’s percentage-based approach, KSW pays its athletes what they consider fair compensation, not an amount based on how much money was made through ticket sales or PPV buys.

Comparison of Fighter Pay Between UFC and KSW

In the UFC, fighters are paid based on many factors, including the number of fights they have had in the organization, their win-loss record, and their popularity. While some fighters can make a good living off of their UFC earnings, many cannot make a living wage.

In contrast, fighters in the KSW are paid a base salary, regardless of their win-loss record or popularity. In addition, fighters in the KSW are also given a percentage of the organization’s profits, which can lead to much higher earnings for the fighters.

The Polish promotion pays its athletes a percentage of the profits from each event, which can add up to some serious cash for those who perform well. For example, former champion Karol Bedorf earned roughly $1 million in 2018. The most ever for an MMA fighter outside of the UFC or Bellator.

So, while UFC fighters may make more money, fighters in the KSW can make a better living wage.


In conclusion, we can say that UFC and KSW are two of the world’s biggest mixed martial arts organizations. They both have their own set of rules and regulations, as well as weight classes.

These differences in fighting styles will make it difficult for fighters from one organization to transition into another without extensive training to learn new techniques and tactics.

However, both UFC and KSW have very similar popularity levels among fans, so if you’re looking for an exciting fight night experience, either one will do just fine.

Golam Muktadir is a passionate sports fan and a dedicated movie buff. He has been writing about both topics for over a decade and has a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with his readers. Muktadir has a degree in journalism and has written for several well-known publications, including Surprise Sports.