UFC veteran Anton Kuivanen (24-10-0) got back to his winning ways last February, beating Japan’s Tetsuya Yamada (17-5-2) at Cage 38 stopping a two fight losing streak. The UFC veteran will now face Brazilian Junior Maranhão (15-6) at Cage 42 on February 17 in Helsinki.
The lightweight matchup will serve as the evening’s main event. “I believe my best fights are still ahead” says the 33-year old to MMAViking.com as he was looking ahead to his next bout, which will be his 35th professional bout.
#CAGE42 Main event on 17.2.18 at Helsinki is a high level clash between Finnish UFC-vet @Anton_Kuivanen (24-10) vs Brazilian Junior Maranhao (16-6)!
Between the two there are all together 56 fights, 17 KO's & 12 submissions!
Tickets and info: https://t.co/hxO7Xz5BX3#MMA #FinnMMA pic.twitter.com/EAU4ODo3eq
— CAGE MMA Finland (@CAGEMMAFinland) January 8, 2018
Maranhão is 25 years old, but comes in with 21 pro MMA bouts. He is from Sao Paulo, Brazil and most notably has headlined RFA in 2014 in a main event bout against Matt Manzanares that he lost by split decision. The Bronx’s Gold Team fighter has a boxing background and is on a three fight winning streak. He will be facing a bigger fighter as Junior has spent most of his career at bantamweight and featherweight.
“I’m going to drop him with my own weapons, put him in a school bench and give a lesson.” – Kuivanen
This is the only announced matchup for the upcoming card.