Swede Karl Albrektsson (5-0) has joined some of the biggest names in MMA history as he is among participants in the Rizin open-weight grand prix, including legends Mirko Filipovic and Wanderlei Silva. “They will all stand before the King someday” says the Pancrase fighter to MMAViking.com.


Albrektsson is not new to the startup promotion Rizen, as he already beat Russian Vadim Nemkov (5-1) at the Nippon Gaishi Hall in Japan for Rizin FF 1 back in April. Rizin 2 goes down on September 25 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. Although he has long competed as a light heavyweight, this tournament will be an open-weight grand prix.


The Swede is set for a first round bout in September, however four of the 16 tournament participants, including Crocop and the Axe Murderer, will receive a bye in the first round and will advance to the tournament’s quarterfinal round. The tournament will end after the two-day New Year’s Eve event on Dececember 29 and 31.

Albrektsson is only 22 years old, but he is seen as one of the Nordics big prospects. Undefeated in 5 bouts.