Niklas Bäckström has been waiting to fight, and on Friday, March 23 he will get his chance.  On a week’s notice, the Swede steps up to fight in the co-headliner against Sergej Grecicho at Botnia Punishment without any hesitation.  The opportunity came to be after Greger Forsell, the Finnish fighter from Sports Academy No1/ Alliance, announced an injury in training.  Bäckström had already had two opponents back out of upcoming fights, and now the HILTI fighter is ready to go.  Visit and “like” the page to watch the Seinäjoki, Finland, card Botnia Punishment XI live.

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MMA Viking : Are you ready for the fight on such notice?
Bäckström : I stay ready, so I dont have to get ready. I can’t wait to fight

MMA Viking : How do you see the fight with the experience veteran Sergej Grecicho going?
Bäckström : I see myself beating him everywhere… standing, the clinch, and on the ground.

MMA Viking : What do you predict as the outcome?
Bäckström : It depends on how he reacts on my beating. Where ever he feels most confortable getting beaten we will go.

MMA Viking : Who will be going with you to Finland?
Bäckström : My good friend Fernando (rainbow boy hahaha) Gonzalez will be going with me.

MMA Viking : It has been almost one full year since you’ve fought… what parts of your game have you worked on the most?
Bäckström : It’s been a year of steady improvement, and I’ve improved everywhere, but I worked most in the clinch and my standup.

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