There is now a Finn versus Swede bout on the Superior Challenge 11 card, as Suvi Salmimies (2-0) steps in for an injured Izabela Badurek (4-2) to face the popular Lina Eklund (3-2).  The two will do battle at Södertälje’s AXA Sports Center on November 29.


 After Badurek got injured we contacted Salmimies, who is one of Scandinavia’s most interesting female MMA fighters, and she jumped at the fight directly as Lina Eklund’s new opponent. I hope Badurek recovers well so we can see her compete again soon. – Superior CEO Babak Aghavali.

Eklund trains out of Stockholm’s Pancrase Gym, and had her most impressive performance in a hard fought win at IRFA 4 back in March of 2013 over Sylwia Juskiewicz in her last outing. The popular fighter was a regular as ‘Lynx’ on Sweden’s Gladiatorerna program, and has been out of action after having a baby.


Salmimies trains out of MMA Utti and turned pro in May. She won her first bout by decision at Lappeenranta Fight Night 10 and her second bout at Lappeenranta Fight Night 11 over Tanja Hoffmann via punches.