Superior Challenge 9 has added another fight. This time the promotion will put on Swede Muay Thai Champion Martin Akhtar who will fight the Frenchman Damien Pighiera on November 23 at the Scandinavium in Gothenburg. Read the press release sent out today.


Press Release

European champion in Thai boxing Martin Akhtar meets Frenchman Damien Pighiera at Superior Challenge 9 – Gothenburg, 23 November at the Scandinavium.

The multi-time Muay Thai champion from Malmö started MMA about a year ago and has since had time for four professional MMA fights. During his second MMA match at Superior Challenge 8 – Malmo,  Akhtar met Brazilian Leandro Gontijo who has a black belt in BJJ , where he impressed many by fighting his way to a victory in one of the evening’s most action – packed fights. In that fight,  the Muay Thai Champ showed that he is sufficiently complete to even finish a grappling ace.


Frenchman Damien Pighiera is a complete MMA fighter from Bushido Academie where he training with Samy Schiavo . Damien is an explosive and aggressive fighter who has managed a total of eight matches including five wins since pro debut in 2011.

Babak Aghavali , CEO Superior Group International :
– Akhtar is one of the most entertaining fighters that always offers intensive games at high speed. In addition to being among Europe’s absolute elite Muay Thai fighters, he has also shown he can handle a top grappler. Damien is the Malmö fighters toughest opponents in MMA. The Frenchman is young, hungry and mastered the various disciplines of MMA, which is new to the Thai boxing champion. An incredibly interesting match which again puts Martin’s fighting style to the test.

Updated Fight Card

• Sami Aziz (Sweden) vs. Jens Pulver (USA)
• David Bielkheden (Sweden) vs. Besam Yousef (Sweden)
• Diego Gonzalez (Sweden) vs. Anton Kuivanen (Finland)
• Domingos Mestre (Sweden/Portugal) vs. Simeon Thoresen (Norway)
• Yosef Ali Mohammad (Sweden) vs. TBA
• David Glasnovic (Sweden) vs. Magnus Strandner (Sweden)
• Emil Weber Meek (Norway) vs. TBA
• Simon Sköld (Sweden) vs. Guilherme Shigemoto (Japan)
• Michel Ersoy (Sweden) vs. Robin Gidlöv (Sweden)
• Martin Akhtar (Sweden) vs. Damien Pighiera (France)

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