Nearly all MMA events are bitten by the injury bug at some point and such is the case with Fight Club Rush 17, which takes place at Fyrishov Arena in Uppsala on September ninth.
Unfortunately Christian Stigenberg has been forced out of his co-main event bout with Toni Lampinen (8-5) due to a rib injury. Malmö striker Christopher Bajo (3-2) will now step up from his planned bout with Daniel Karlsson (2-1) to take on Lampinen! This means that fan favourite Moe "Slim Boy" Ahmadi (4-5) will now move in to face Karlsson in a shuffling of fighters.
Lampinen is an established fighter on the Finnish MMA scene with wins over the likes of Patrik Pietilä and Aleksi Savolainen. The Finn has headlined several events with CAGE MMA - Finlands largest, best and by far most proven MMA promotion. With a finishing rate of 87% and knockouts over the likes of Joachim Tollefsen, Lampinen is a tough outing for any fighter.
Lampinen made his FCR debut at FCR 16 in the now legendary fight against Andreas Gustafsson. The two battled back and forth in a grueling, violent and exceptionally bloody fight that almost went two full rounds.
Despite several great moments in the fight Lampinen would go on to lose via TKO late in the second round, but winning the hear and admiration from MMA fans around the world.
Bajo is a seasoned thaiboxer and Swedish Muay Thai champion. He made the move to MMA in 2021, losing a decision to Christian Stigenberg in his first pro MMA fight. After that Bajo went on a roll, finishing Abdallah Habib and Moe Ahmadi before scoring a win in UAE Warriors.
In his most recent MMA fight, which took place in March of last year, Bajo would be forced to tap to Souhil Tahiri. Since that bajo has returned to his Muay Thai roots, defeating current world champion Mustafa Aboutaka amongst others.
Karlsson is a former representative of the Swedish National MMA Team with amateur wins over the likes of world silver medalist Robin Enontekiö.
In December of last year Karlsson made his pro debut against Daniel Bergström, winning via second round TKO. He followed that up with a hard-fought decision win over Finland's Tommi Leinonen at FCR 15 in March this year.
In his most recent outing Karlsson made his Cage Warriors debut, facing local favourite Dario Bellendi in Italy. Despite a spirited performance, Karlsson would be defeated via submission.
Ahmadi is a true fan favorite who has captured the hearts of the MMA masses which his colourful personality, exciting finishes and the best entrances in Sweden.
While getting off to a tough start in his pro career with losses to the likes of Adam Westlund Ahmadi bounced back in the main event of FCR 7, submitting Elvin Hoxha. After yet another victory outside of FCR Ahmadi returned to the promotion to face the above mentioned Bajo, losing that and his following bout via TKO.
Never one to fret, Ahmadi returned with an emphatic submission win over Abdallah Habib and followed it up with by tapping out Rick Gangia at FCR 14. In his latest outing Ahmadi faced Finnish veteran Patrik Pietilä, losing via second round TKO.
It is often said that when a door closes a window opens, and FCR always find a way to give the fans the best match ups.