- Nationality: Polish
- Height: 1.86m
- Weight: 142kg
Now a mixed martial artist, but previously one of the greatest strongmen to grace the arena, Mariusz is the holder of five World’s Strongest Man (“WSM”) titles – an achievement unmatched by any opponent. A relative latecomer to strongman, Mariusz didn’t enter his first competition until 1999 – a local affair in Poland. Just one year later he was playing with the big boys on the international stage, with an impressive fourth place at his debut WSM competition. In 2002 Mariusz claimed his first WSM title and remained a dominant force until his retirement from the sport, after placing 2nd at the 2009 WSM competition.
For a period of time strongman had a stigma attached to it; that competitors were admittedly very strong but usually fat and sluggish. Mariusz blew this stereotype out of the water, often competing at very low body-fat levels and displaying levels of athleticism that let him triumph over larger and statically stronger opponents.