As 2023 starts nearing its end Fight Club Rush is finishing the year with a firecracker of a fight card to wrap up the year. A welterweight battle between Sweden's Christian "Lången" Stigenberg (4-2) and Finnish favourite Toni Lampinen (8-6) has now been added to FCR, set for Västerås Arena on November 25th.
With a seasoned amateur career that included representing the Swedish National MMA Team Söders Fight Gym's Stigenberg knocked out Alexander Lindgren in the first round of his pro debut at FCR 8 in 2021.
Following that Stigenberg would win two of his next three fights with a controversial decision loss sandwiched between convincing wins over Christopher Bajo and Theodor Berggren.
That success would earn Stigenberg a shot at entering PFL's European Tournament as he faced Chris Mixan in a qualifying match up. The fight went the distance and while all the commentators and many viewers felt that Stigenberg had earned the win, he lost a split decision.
That loss wouldn't linger long, however, as Stigenberg returned to form at FCR 15 in February of this year, finishing Danish grappler Simon Seiler via first round TKO.
Finland's Lampinen is an exciting fighter with a fan friendly style. Following his pro debut in 2016 he won five out of his seven first fights, finishing all but one of his victories.
Following a big TKO win on home turf over Norwegian striker Joachim Tollefsen Lampinen made his FCR debut, facing Andreas Gustafsson this summer. The two Nordic beasts made the FCR 16 main event an instant classic, going toe-to-toe in a bloody blockbuster of a fight.
While Lampinen lost via TKO late in the second round, he won the heart and respect of fans all over the world.
The Finn returned at FCR 17 in the main event against Christopher Bajo. Once again it was an entertaining affair, though Lampinen would once again get defeated via second round TKO.
Stigenbergs unorthodox striking style and slick grappling will come at odds with Lampinens offensive stand up and intense pressure, setting the stage for an all-time classic.