MMA

Erik Carlsson: Abdul Kareem Al Selwady is well-conditioned, serious athlete

Erik Carlsson

Erik Carlsson

Erik “The Last Viking” Carlsson, 25, of Sweden is two weeks away from facing Middle Eastern lightweight sensation Abdul-Kareem Al Selwady, 23, of Jordan in the 13th event of Brave Combat Federation. Titled “Brave 13: European Evolution,” the event is scheduled for June 9, 2018.

Carlsson is among the first European fighters to have signed with the Bahrain-based mixed martial arts promotion. He is making his return to the cage after his split decision loss to Ahmed Amir of Egypt at “Brave 9: The Kingdom of Champions” on November 17, 2017.

The judgement was much debated but Carlsson is not interested in a rematch with Amir. Instead, the Swedish fighter is ready to look out for bigger challenges after fighting some of the best Brave CF fighters, including Al Selwady’s fellow Jordanian Jarrah “The Jordanian Lion” Al Selawe, 26, the lead contender for Brave CF’s welterweight championship title.

When it comes to the match against Al Selwady at “Brave 13: European Evolution,” Carlsson has a different view. For the Swedish fighter, it was not a smart move for his Jordanian opponent to accept the bout.

“Maybe, he didn’t have other options,” Carlsson said of Al Selwady. “Many people don’t want to fight him and I think he took the bait. I am focusing on every element of the game plan.”

On the other hand, Carlsson does have good words for Al Selwady. The Swedish martial artist pointed out the good qualities of his upcoming opponent as a fighter.

“He is a well-conditioned and serious athlete,” Carlsson said of Al Selwady. “He has a good all-around game which always pressurizes his opponents. He always comes to fight.”

Taking place at the SSE Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland, “Brave 13: European Evolution” provides Carlsson a tactical advantage. He will be fighting in a venue closer to his home in a climate that is similar to what he is used to.

On the other hand, “Brave 13: European Evolution” marks the first time Al Selwady is fighting in Europe. Here is a teaser of the upcoming event:

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