Are you into weightlifting? Are you into MMA (Mixed Martial Arts)? If you answer yes, then you must be aware of this former strongman, Mariusz Pudzianowski, who turned to mixed martial arts.
Looking at this guy amazes and scares us all the same. The man lifts weights like they are nothing. Guys, especially, would love to be in Mariusz’s shoes for a day.
One of the strongest men walking this earth, the Polish is an inspiration for aspiring bodybuilders and athletes who want to venture into martial arts.
Let’s talk in-depth about how the former strongman started his career, early life, and net worth.
|Full Name||Mariusz Zbigniew Pudzianowski|
|Date of Birth||7 February 1977|
|Birth Place||Biała Rawska, Poland|
|Nick Name||Pudzian, Dominator|
|Age||45 Years Old|
|Height||186 cm (6 feet 1 inch)|
|Weight||120.2 kg (265 lb)|
|Hair Color||Dark Brown|
|Eye Color||Light Blue|
|Father’s Name||Wojciech Pudzianowski|
|Mother’s Name||Maria Pudzianowski|
|Siblings||A brother Krystian Pudzianowski|
|Kids||A son and a daughter|
|Profession||Mixed Martial Artist|
|Affiliations||American Top Team(former), Berkut WCA Fight Team|
|Active Years||2009–present (MMA)|
|Net Worth||$8 million|
|Social Media||Instagram, Facebook|
Mariusz Pudzianowski | Early Life & Career
Mariusz Zbigniew Pudzianowski was born in Biała Rawska, Poland, on 7 February 1977. He is the son of Wojciech Pudzianowski, a weightlifter by trade, whereas his mother’s identity remains unknown.
While not much is available on his childhood, it is evident that he developed a passion for bodybuilding and working out from a young age.
Now that he is living his dreams, Mariusz doesn’t fall short on inspiring his counterparts or the young generation.
Moreover, if he wasn’t an inspiration already, at 11 years old, the Polish in a style of karate called Kyokushin.
By 16 years, the Pole was already lifting weights and participating in Weightlifting Championship. Additionally, Mariusz also holds a master’s degree in International Relations.
Mariusz Pudzianowski | Age, Height, Body stats, & Diet
The former strongman is 45 years old at present. Mariusz stands at an astounding height of 6’1″ that further boosts his dominant presence.
He also weighs, unsurprisingly, 117.93 kg (260 lbs). It is only natural that the Pole has such an astonishing weight, as the strongman has layers of massive muscles.
Additionally, Mariusz is known for his huge built arm. At present, his biceps span measures 56 cm (22 inches), while his forearm size is 45 cm (18 inches).
Likewise, his nape measures 54 cm, waist span is 92 cm. Similarly, he has a chest size of 148 cm.
Being trained by Arbi Shamaev, Mariusz learned a lot throughout the years on maintaining his dietary regime.
Despite his strict routine, the strongman doesn’t forget to treat himself from time to time, occasionally with chocolate, ice cream, and even burgers.
During one of the Strongman events, Mariusz divulged some of his dietary secrets and routines.
Ten eggs for Breakfast
2-3 lbs of bacon
Candies between meals
In the morning, several three musketeers or snickers bars
Lunch at 1-2 pm: Double meal of a Polish Pork Chop, Sauerkraut, and potatoes
1 hour later: intake of supplements, magnesium, creatine, amino acids, and of course, chocolate.
Dinner: Depends on availability; Steaks, Pork, Chops, Bacon. It also includes bigos, Polish soups, Polish sausages, potato-based dinner, 200-300 g of meat, and salads.
Similarly, at 9 pm or 10 pm, some more workouts after which a mandatory protein shake and again more chocolates.
The man then starts his day waking up as early as 3 to 4 am, well, to have more chocolates, after which he hits the sack again till morning.
Apart from it, he has commenced including cardio in his workout session to prepare his body for MMA exertion.
During the training, he focuses on enduring oxygen exertion and, thus, has started running and biking.
It seems a weird routine, right? Nonetheless, it gets the job done as a result is standing right in front of us.
It doesn’t mean we are suggesting you devour bars and bars of chocolate. Just don’t do it unless you know what you are doing.
Mariusz Pudzianowski Career | Fighter, Reality Tv & Rugby
The year 2000 saw a new heavyweight champion, that’s right, Mariusz Pudzianowski.
In 2001, the Pole had to skip the competition due to a prison sentence for some undisclosed offense.
Likewise, the world saw the Polish weightlifter’s return, who reclaimed the title and defended it in 2003.
Besides weightlifting, Pudzianowski was also keen on venturing into MMA. So, in 2009, Mariusz signed a deal with a Poland-based MMA institution named Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki.
In like manner, he made a debut in the fighting world in a KSW 12 event held in Warsaw, Poland. The first fight saw him defeat Marcin Najmar, a boxing pro.
With this, Pudziandski received a handsome 200k Zloty (Polish currency), which is equivalent to 70k U.S. Dollars.
In KSW 13, a win awaited Pudzianski after delivering a winning blow against Yusuke Kawaguchi on May 7, 2010.
The match lasted two full rounds, and the Pole was ultimately the winner after judges sided in his favor.
Also, Mariusz decided to participate in Mosin: God of Martial Arts competition, wherein a disastrous defeat was at the corner for the Polish strongman.
He fought a two-time UFC Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia. Upon fracturing his metatarsus in the first round, Mariusz looked helpless and had to give in to submission.
Furthermore, Mariusz would fight Eric “Butterbean” Esch at the KSW 14 organized on September 18 and James Thompson at KSW XVI on May 21, 2011.
Although a loss was imminent for the Pole and despite many contrary beliefs on his lack of stamina due to large muscles, Pudzianowski vowed to come back stronger.
As a result, he joined a training camp known as MMA Camp for the USA: American Top Team.
And likely so, the training came into fruition when Mariusz launched a barrage of high force punches on his opponent, winning via a TKO in the KSW XVII competition on 26 November 2011.
The fight lasted an astounding 39 seconds. The pole was also Victorious in KSW 20 when he thoroughly dominated a fight against Christos Piliafas.
Conclusively, we want to include a heavyweight record he achieved over the years:
Bench Press: 290 kg (640 lbs)
Squat: 380 kg (840 lbs)
Deadlift: 415 kg (915 lbs)
Finally, an interesting aspect of his career was being part of the Polish version of Dancing With the Stars and the singing show Just the Two of Us.
Also, Mariusz was part of a musical group called the Pudzian band founded by his brother Krystian. Added to that, the strongman plays amateur Rugby for Budowlani Łódź.
Fame and success come after the several downfall and wounds on the way. Thus, not everyone gets to the top; only certain, who licks the wound, start forward.
Likewise, Mariusz first faced an injury in 2008 during the Polish Strongman Championship Cup. Furthermore, he struggled with the injury in his calf, which impacted him till the finals.
Following it, he fractured his metatarsus during his 2010 match against the UFC Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia in the first round.
Indeed, with the injury, he did lose the match. Additionally, Mariusz faced a leg injury during the match against Szymon Kołecki in a heavyweight bout at KSW 47.
Back then, during the bout, Mariusz had his leg stuck on his huge frame while Kołecki tried to slam him down.
Right then, his leg bent awkwardly backward in the first round, which gave him to signal off the match.
Mariusz Pudzianowski | Net Worth, Income, & Assets
As per recent, Mariusz has a whopping $8 million. Throughout his years as a strongman, we do not know how much he earned; however, from his MMA career, the Pole earns a staggering $111k.
On the other hand, the Polish heavyweight champ is much more than just bodybuilding.
He is a successful business owner, having a bodyguard training school, and even owning a shipping company named Pudzianowski Transport.
Pudzianowski earns relatively higher from his business than what he does from fighting.
So to speak, the strongman houses in a lavish mansion with an impeccable collection of cars. Mercedes Benz, Lamborghini, and, our favorite, the Hummer is to name a few.
Mariusz Pudzianowski | Relationship Status
If you are wondering whether Mariusz is single or not, then we have to break it to you; he’s not.
The hunk tied the knot to his lovely wife Alexandra Hall, the details of which are currently under the wraps.
We know that the Pole fathered two children, one son and one daughter from his marriage.
There are no details, either on Instagram or any other network, to indicate the signs of his family.
Fear not, they are alive and well; it’s merely that Mariusz’s social media encompasses weightlifting and training than his personal life.
Nonetheless, upon uncovering any further information, we will come back to you immediately.
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Mariusz Pudzianowski | FAQs
How many times did Mariusz Pudzianowski win World’s Strongest Man, and how much is his MMA record?
To date, Mariusz Pudzianowski has won the World’s Strongest Man title five times. As of now, his MMA record is 14 wins out of the total of 22 games.
Among his wins, 9 are by knockout and 5 by decision, while his losses count 3 via knockout and 4 via submission. Not to mention, one of the games ended in no contest.
Is Mariusz Pudzianowski retired?
Indeed, Mariusz Pudzianowski retired from the World’s Strongest Man championships in 2005. However, he is still on the run for the MMA games and has no retiring plans any sooner.
When did Mariusz Pudzianowski debut at MMA?
Mariusz Pudzianowski debuted as a mixed martial arts fighter during the KSW 12 event in Warsaw, Poland winning against Marcin Najman on December 11, 2009.
Did Mariusz Pudzianowski lost to Sean Mccorkle?
Yes, Mariusz lost to Sean Mccorkle at “KSW 23: Khalidov vs. Manhoef” on June 8, 2013. Pudzianowski lost via Submission (kimura).
Did Mariusz Pudzianowski won 2009 World’s Strongest Man competition?
No, Zydrunas Savickas won the 2009 World’s Strongest Man competition. Mariusz Pudzianowski was placed second position.
Who is Mariusz Pudzianowski’s trainer?
Fighting out of Łódź, Poland, Mariusz Pudzianowski’s trainer is Arbi Shamaev.
When is Mariusz Pudzianowski next fight?
Sadly, there isn’t any information available about Mariusz Pudzianowski’s next fight.
Who won Mariusz Pudzianowski vs Eric Butterbean?
Mariusz Pudzianowski won the fight by TKO (submission to punches) in round 1. He faced Eric Esch ( at “KSW 14: Judgment Day” on September 18, 2010.