Throughout the years Fight Cub Rush has become the promotion to watch in order to find the North European MMA stars of tomorrow. FCR 15 will now see the much-anticipated return of hardened Swedish prospect Christian Stigenberg (3-2) as he welcomes Danish grappler Simon Seiler (2-1) to the promotion!
FCR 15 will go down on February 25th at Strawberry Fields in Solna, Stockholm.
During his years as an amateur Gävles Stigenberg represented the Swedish National Team in amateur MMA successfully, and he even won the 2018 and 2019 Swedish National Championships. He has one of the most unique striking styles in Sweden, sometimes being compared to Nate Diaz.
In March of 2021 Stigenberg made his pro debut at FCR 8 (the first ever Nordic MMA event to be broadcast on UFC Fight Pass) against Alexander Lindgren - a member of rival gym Västerås Fight Club. Stigenberg cut the fight short, ending it via vicious KO in the first round.
Following that Stigenberg took on Muay Thai specialist Christopher Bajo, winning a comfortable unanimous decision after three rounds. In his subsequent fight Stigenberg faced rising Finnish star Niko Skonbäck in a tough, blood-and-guts battle that went to the distance. Stigenberg ended up losing a close decision after three rounds.
At FCR 12 Stigenberg returned against previously undefeated, northern powerhouse Theodor Berggren. Stigenberg looked better than ever, handling every problem thrown his way, returning to the win column via unanimous decision.
That victory earned Stigenberg at shot in the PFL European playoffs. The Swede fought Chris Mixan in a technical, three round battle that saw both fighters have success. After the bout all commentators felt that Stigenberg had done enough to secure the victory, but he ended up losing a closely contested, controversial split decision.
Denmark's Seiler is a skilled grappler who fights out of Great Danes gym in Odense, alongside two-time FCR fighter Rick Gangia under the tutelage of Nordic UFC legend Martin Kampamann.
Seiler secured several impressive submission wins as an amateur before making the move to pro towards the end of 2021. He made his pro debut against countryman Martin Aagard, winning via third round submission.
In his following pro bout Seiler faced German prospect Ali Reza Rasuli, losing via first round finish. Rasuli is still undefeated with a 5-0-1 record.
Since then the Dane bounced back to the win column with a dominant second round submission win over dutchman Marcelino Kemna in October of last year.
How will the awkward and unpredictable striking of Stigenberg match up against the relentless grappling of Seiler? That question will be answered inside the FCR cage!