The Prelim Breakout Star is a once per event article that helps fans get to know those who will be entertaining them from the undercard. The intention of the article is not to bring attention to the most talented fighter on the preliminary card, but rather one that the common fan may have overlooked or underestimated.
Well, we didn’t get to 15 straight prelim victories thanks to an untimely kick to the head. Nevertheless, we’re ready to start a new streak of successful prelim card fighters. Check out who is set to break out this weekend.
Nickname – Siwy
Affiliation – Spartan Chorzow
From – Chorzow, Poland
Height – 6’5″
Weight – 235 lbs (Heavyweight)
Record – 10-1 (2-0 UFC)
What makes him impressive
There’s a lot of reasons to like Adam Wieczorek as a heavyweight prospect. The fact that he is only 26 and has two wins at heavyweight puts him in a category few other fighters can claim to be in. What is most impressive though is not his age; it’s his size and how he uses it.
At 6’5″ he’s a fairly tall heavyweight, but not particularly big. His long frame serves him particularly well when it comes to grappling. With six of his 10 wins coming by submission, he’s quickly become one of the more deadly heavyweights on the ground. And he’s equally good on top as he is on the bottom, as is evident by his recent omoplata victory over Arjan Bhullar.
Why he has been overlooked
At heavyweight, we are often hesitant to get too excited about young prospects. Especially young Europeans who are lean and tend to prefer grappling (see Struve, Stefan). This, paired with a style that doesn’t exactly wind up on Sportscenter, means Wieczorek has gotten less attention than he deserves.
What makes this a good match-up
Although Wieczorek isn’t particularly strong, he will be facing off with a guy who has fought most of his career at 205 lbs. As a result, you can expect him to be closer to equal strength than he has with any of his past opponents. Add in the fact that Marcos Rogerio de Lima has been submitted three times in his last five fights, and it seems like a no-brainer that the Pole is taking home a limb this weekend.
Prelim Breakout Star Record: 156-65-1 (2 NC) (6 DNF)