First ever Nordic Top 5 rankings brought to you by MMAViking. The rankings were published in November of 2011, and will be updated in March of 2012. Please provide any feedback below.
- Jon Olav “the Viking” Einemo, Norway
- Jorgen “the Last Viking” Kruth, Sweden
- Jarno Nurminen, Finland
- Eddy Bengtsson, Sweden
- Kalle Da Silva, Finland
Summary: Einemo is step above anyone else in the Nordic HW division. Kruth made a comeback at the Rumble of the Kings after a two year lay off, got a nice win over Japan’s Yusuke Kawaguchi and jumped straight to number two.
- Alexander ”the Mauler” Gustafsson, Sweden
- Marcus ”Caveman” Vänttinen, Finland
- Toni Valtonen, Finland
- Juha Saarinen, Finland
- Timo Karttunen, Finland
Contenders: Ilir Latifi (Swe)
Summary: UFC’s rising star Gustafsson has made it at the international level. Bellator signee Vänttinen tries to do the same in the Bellator LHW tournament in 2012.
- Bruno “BC” Carvalho, Sweden
- Assan “the Black Attack” Njie, Sweden
- Tor “the Hammer” Troeng, Sweden
- Lucio “Spartan” Linhares, Finland
- Mats Nilsson, Sweden
Contenders: Magnus Cedenblad (Swe), Mikkel Parlo (Den), Jack Hermansson (Nor), Mikkel Guldbaek (Den), Simon Carlsen (Den)
Summary: Tough competition for the top five spots as there are loads of promising up-n-comers in the contender section.
- Martin ”Hitman” Kampmann, Denmark
- Papy ”Makambo” Abedi, Sweden
- Ville Räsänen, Finland
- Simeon ”the Grin” Thoresen, Norway
- Andreas Stahl, Sweden
Contenders: Nicolas Dalby, (Den), Nicholas Musoke (Swe), Kai Puolakka (Fin), Besam Yousef (Swe), David Bielkeden (Swe)
Summary: One of the best welterweights in the UFC Martin Kampmann is in the league of his own. Abedi looked good early on against Alves but eventually got submitted in his UFC debut. Räsänen and undefeated Stahl are ready for bigger fights.
- Anton Kuivanen, Finland
- Reza ”Mad Dog” Madadi, Sweden
- Niko Puhakka, Finland
- Juha-Pekka Vainikainen, Finland
- Kenneth Rosfort-Nees, Denmark
Contenders: Diego Gonzalez (Swe), Janne Tulirinta (Fin), Claes Beverlöv (Swe)
Summary: Nordic LW division is super tough like the weight class usually is all over the world. Madadi just got signed to the UFC and Kuivanen will probably follow shortly. Vainikainen fought five times in 2011 resulting in four wins and one draw. Rosfort just KO’ed Brazil’s Paulon and snatched another solid win. Tulirinta and Beverlöv will face each other at the Cage Challengers 2. Winner of that bout will probably break into the top 5.
- Joachim ”Hellboy” Hansen, Norway
- Tom ”Stoneface” Niinimäki, Finland
- Joni Salovaara, Finland
- Martin Svensson, Sweden
- Hamid Corassani, Sweden
Contenders: Matteus Lähdesmäki (Fin), Risto Koivisto (Fin)
Summary: Hellboy keeps on trucking even though he lost to Kawajiri in September. Hansen has been fighting professionally for over ten years so it’s reasonable to assume that his career is nearing its end. Niinimäki is on a seven fight win streak and waiting for his much deserved shot at the UFC. Gigantic Svensson fought only once in 2011, but looks to improve his ranking at SCF 5. Corassani got a lot of publicity from his appearance in the Ultimate Fighter, and should appear on a UFC card soon.
- Sirwan ”Zohan” Kakai, Sweden
- David Haggström, Sweden
- Heikki Tiilikka, Finland
- Thomas Bäck, Sweden
- Janne Elonen-Kulmala, Finland
Summary: Kakai, who has been training a lot in the UK and USA, is a step ahead of everyone else.
- Katja Kankaanpää, Finland.
- Hanna Sillen, Sweden
- Maiju Kujala, Finland
- Lina Eklund, Sweden
- Outi Louhimo, Finland
Summary: Kankaanpää still has a clean record after five pro fights. StrikeForce vet Kujala has had terribly bad luck with injuries and other issues that have lead to her fights being cancelled. Hanna Sillen put on a good show at the Rumble of the Kings and takes second spot in the rankings.
MMAViking’s ranking criteria.
A fighter can be ranked in MMAViking’s Official Nordic Top Five rankings if he/she meets following conditions:
- Born or permanently living in one of the Nordic countries (Iceland, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden)
- Fought in MMA within a year