Hailing from Gothenburg, Sweden, Erik “Last Viking” Carlsson, 25, is one of the first European mixed martial artists to have signed with Bahrain-based MMA promotion Brave Combat Federation. Recently, the fighter explained why he is confident that the scene of MMA is changing in a large scale in his country.
“Sweden has a lot of good amateurs coming up right now,” Carlsson stated. “There’s a lot of competitions for them and the standard is high. MMA has grown a lot over the years but also dipped down a bit.”
“In my hometown Gothenburg, fans are great,” the Swedish fighter added. “Cage Warriors was just there and it wasn’t the strongest card but it was still sold out and had a great atmosphere.”
Still, Carlsson believes that the growth of the MMA sport in Sweden is not enough. He explained, “Local pro-shows and the regulations interfere too much that athletes are affected.”
Carlsson had fought all his three fights at Brave CF first in Bahrain, second in Kazakhstan and then back in Bahrain. Currently, he is undergoing the final phase of his preparations at the Tiger Muay Thai Gym in Phuket, Thailand.
When Carlsson made his Brave CF debut on December 2, 2016 at “Brave 2: Dynasty” in Bahrain, he was submitted by Jarrah “The Jordanian Lion” Al-Selawe, 26, of Jordan via kimura. On April 29, 2017, the Swedish fighter redeemed himself by knocking out Gadzhimusa Gaziev via knee to the body at “Brave 6: Kazakhstan.”
On November 17, 2017, Carlsson returned to Bahrain for “Brave 9: The Kingdom of Champions.” He controversially lost to Ahmed Amir, 28, of Egypt via split decision.
On June 9, 2018, Carlsson is making his Brave CF return by facing Abdul Kareem Al Selwady, 23, of Amman, Jordan at “Brave 13: European Evolution” at the SSE Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Here is a teaser: