Uppdaterat: 24 jan.
Bantamweight has become a favourite weight class for many MMA fans and the latest Fight Club Rush booking is merely a testament to that popularity. FCR will se an exciting international battle between Spain and Denmark as Hecher Sosa (4-1) takes on Frederik Skov Strauss (3-1)!
FCR 15 will see the promotion return to Stockholm, this time at Strawberry Fields in Solna, on February 25th.
Sosa, dubbed "The Spanish Matador" by some Swedish fans and pundits, is a three time national champion in his home country. He also holds a gold medal in the IMMAF African Open as well as bronze medals in both the European and World Championships.
Debuting in early 2020, Sosa lined up two straight wins via finish, establishing himself on the local MMA scene.
At FCR 10 Sosa made his promotional debut, on short notice, against none other than the Swedish champion Jonny Touma. Sosa entered the bout like a house on fire, intensely pressuring Touma, and scoring a first round knockout win following one of the Spaniards now trademark flying knees.
The knockout shocked the Swedish MMA scene, and Sosa signed an exclusive contract with FCR shortly after.
Following that sensational performance Sosa was pitted against Swedish-based Ukrainian Karlen Minasian in a title eliminator. Sosa entered the bout intensely, as usual, but was clipped by one of his opponents brutal hooks, losing via first round knockout.
Sosa returned to action at FCR 14, taking on red-hot Allstars prospect Bilal Tipsaev. Though he faced some early adversity, Sosa dazzled the fans with a smart but exciting performance, fighting in his preferred range and lighting up his opponent with vicious shots. Sosa returned to the win column with a clear-cut unanimous decision victory.
Strauss fights out of Arte Suave - one of it not the best MMA gym in Denmark. He scored an impressive submission victory in his debut in November 2021, securing a fight in FCR not long after.
In his first FCR bout Strauss would face the above mentioned Tipsaev. The Dane had his moments in the fight, but Tipsaevs wrestling proved to be too much for Strauss, who would go on to lose a decision after three full rounds.
Since then Strauss has bounced back with two straight victories, including a first round knockout over Swedish veteran Martin Fouda.
Both Sosa and Strauss have hard-to-read striking styles that will surely produce fireworks as these European standouts collide.
FCR is set to make huge strides this year and a top-notch international bout like Sosa vs Strauss is merely the start of things to come for Northern Europe's fastest growing promotion.