MMA Viking’s UFC Sweden II preview series continues with an exciting welterweight match up featuring Sweden’s own Chris Spång and Chechen born Adlan Amagov. Beforehand it seems that this fight could produce serious fireworks when the two strikers collide in the Octagon.
Chris Spång (5-1, 0-0 UFC): Part time male model, full time bad ass Chris Spång is a 25 year old Swede who has been living in Las Vegas for years now. Spång trains at the famed One Kick Nick’s gym with his brother Bellator fighter Andreas among other gyms in the area. After going 4-0 on regional level show the Swede got signed by StrikeForce where he went 1-1. Spång Strikeforce debut was an unsuccessful one as he was outwrestled throughout the fight by Ricky Legere. However in his second StrikeForce bout Spång bounced back to win column with an impressive destruction of American striker Nah-Shon Burrell. Spång dropped Burrell with a powerful left hook and finished the job with a vicious combination of punches and knee strikes. Diverse and powerful striking is definitely the weapon of choice for Spång. Athletic Spång has honed his striking skills since he was four years old when their father, a former pro boxer, started to train the brothers in the Sweet Science.
Chris Spång vs Nah-Shon Burrell fight vid
Adlan Amagov (11-2, 0-0 UFC): Amagov, who was born and raised in the rough surroundings of Chechnya, has natural gameness built inside of him and extensive combat sports background on top of that. It seems that the whole family is involved in MMA as his brothers Finland based Musa (5-1) and Russia based Besam (3-1) are also professional MMA fighters. Like his opponent also Amagov came to UFC with the StrikeForcer merger. Amagov had four fights in StrikeForce and went 3-1 on his run. The lone loss came by TKO to welterweight top tenner Robbie Lawler who sent Amagov crashing down with a flying knee. Amagov brings a terrifying set of bone crushing kicks, fast hands, solid grappling, brute physicality and fearless attitude to the cage. Watch out especially for his spinning kicks that he hurls towards like heat guided missiles.
Adlan Amagov Highlight and Interview by Jackson MMA (March 2013)
Match up: Stylistically this is another excellent match between two explosive strikers. Also the timing of the bout is right as both can settle in the UFC and also get a respectable win in their debut. On the feet Spång might have better technical boxing but Amagov’s kicks are thunderous and come from all sort of angles. In the grappling department things should be pretty even as well. Spång plays active guard game from the bottom and spins for submissions all the time where Amagov’s grappling is more wrestling and control oriented. While both guys carry impressive physical attributes to the Octagon, it might be Amagov, a former light heavyweight, who should hold the advantage in strength.
Summary: There is not a lot of name value (yet) in this match up but don’t let that fool you. This fight should definitely be one of the highlights of the UFC Sweden II event in Globen. Two aggressive strikers with hunger for destruction will collide in the Octagon. Outcome of the explosion is hard to predict but one thing is for sure: this fight will be a crowd pleaser.