One of the most exciting signings to the Strikeforce roster in recent times has been that of current DREAM Welterweight Grand Prix Champion Marius Zaromskis.
The 29 year old is 13-3 in his mixed martial arts career, and is currently on a run of five straight wins. He heavily favors the striking game with 11 of his 13 wins coming by way of knockout, though he does also hold one submission victory to his name.
He is particularly well known for his impressive kicks which he unleashes as quickly and effortlessly as most fighters throw their jabs.
As you will see in the gifs and videos elsewhere on this page, these are not purely for show. When he connects with his favored weapon his opponents tend to drop at his feet, which has some left some to label him as “the new Cro Cop”.
The Lithuanian fighter first made a name for himself in the UK promotion Cage Rage, including a memorable flying knee knockout of Ross Mason, but it is most recent performances in DREAM that have marked Zaromskis out as a hot property in the welterweight category.
Entering into their Welterweight Grand Prix, Zaromskis bulldozed through the competition which included revered Japanese fighter Hayoto Sakurai, and American Jason High in a single night at DREAM 10 – dispatching each in a single round thanks to his aforementioned head kicks.
Proving his kicking power was no fluke he then went on to defeat Myeon Ho Bae at DREAM 12 in exactly the same fashion just 19 seconds into the very first round.
The announcement that Zaromskis has now signed a multi-fight deal with Strikeforce can only be good news for the promotion.
The fact that his a current champion and comes with an impressive highlight reel makes him an easy fighter to sell to the general public. His arrival also helps to broaden the options in their welterweight division where possible opponents include Jay Hieron, Joe Riggs, Nick Diaz and Jake Shields.
Though certainly a step up in class, Zaromskis is certainly capable of providing competitive fights with all of the above fighters. Jake Shields ground acumen marks him out as perhaps the most dangerous threat for the Lithuanian, as he undoubtedly prefers to keep the fight standing.
Shields is however currently taking his eye of the welterweight division to compete at middleweight and so Zaromskis may find himself in the mix for a shot at the title (currently lying vacant) before long.
Thanks to the recent alliance with Strikeforce, Zaromskis will also still be allowed to participate in future events for DREAM, so whatever happens we will be seeing much more of this exciting fighter in the coming year.
Watch highlights of Zaromskis’s fight with Ross Mason at Cage Rage, which culminates with his spectacular flying knee knockout…
Though a very dangerous fighter, Zaromskis shouldn’t be looked upon as unbeatable. He has lost twice to the UK’s Che Mills during his time with Cage Rage, including this brutal knockout after an entertaining back-and-forth first round…
You definitely don’t want to have anything to do with his head kicks though. Here he is demonstrating their effectiveness again at the recent DREAM 12 event…
Article By RossC