Swedish UFC Fighters

Swedes 15 Wins & 13 Losses in the UFC

There have been eleven UFC fighters out of Sweden that have fought in the Octagon.  Jorgen Kruth signed with the UFC, but retired before he entered the cage in 2013  So far, the fighters have combined records of 15 wins and 13 losses:

List of Fighters (in alphabetical order):
Papy “Makambo” Abedi (1 win and 2 losses)
• David Bielkheden (1 win and 2 losses) – Not currently in UFC
Magnus Cedenblad (0 wins and 1 loss)
• Akira Corassani (2 wins and 0 losses)
• Per Eklund (1 win and 2 losses) – Not currently in UFC
• Alexander Gustafsson (7 wins and 1 loss)
Ilir Latifi (0 wins and 1 loss)
• Reza Madadi (2 wins and 1 loss)
• Chris Spang (0 wins and 1 loss)- Not currently in UFC
• Tor Troeng (1 win and 0 losses)
• Besam Yousef (0 wins and 2 losses)- Not currently in UFC

MMA in Sweden | Stockholm Summer Academy
“The Mauler” and “Makambo” Warming Up

History of Swedes in the UFC

UFC in Sweden 2, Stockholm, Sweden – April 6, 2013

Troeng Wins UFC Debut
Troeng Wins UFC Debut

– Ilir Latifi lost by decision in the main event versus Gegard Mousaasi
– Akira Corassani won by decision over Robbie Peralta
– Tor Troeng wins by RNC in the first round over Adam Cella
– Chris Spang lost by decision against Adlan Amagov
– Reza Madadi wins by submission in round 3 over Michael Johnson
– Papy Abedi wins by split decision over Besam Yousef (first Swede-versus-Swede bout)

UFC on FOX 5 in Seattle, USA – December 8, 2012
– Alexander Gustafsson wins his sixth straight fight in the Octagon in a unanimous decision against former UFC champion and Pride Grand Prix champion Mauricia Rua.

UFC 153 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – October 13, 2012
– Reza Madadi lost a controversial decision to Cristiano Marcello.  Almost all in the media scored the bout 29-28 for Madadi.

UFC on FUEL TV 5 in Nottingham, England – September 29, 2012
Akira Corassani won a split decision over Andy Ogle.

UFC on Fuel 2 / UFC in Sweden – April 14, 2012
– Alexander Gustafsson wins his fifth straight fight in the UFC.  A 30-27, 30-27, and 29-28 unanimous decision victory over Thiago Silva.
– Reza Madadi won his UFC debut by submission over Yoislandy Izquierdo.
– Magnus Cedenblad lost his UFC Debut by stoppage in round 2 by Francis Carmont.
– Besam Yousef lost his UFC debut by submission in round 2 by Simeon Thoresen.

Madadi Celebrates in Front of Home Crowd

UFC 141 – Sweden Fighter Records – 7 Wins and 6 Losses
Alexander Gustafsson wins his fourth straight in the Octagon, with a December 30 TKO (punches) over Vladimir Matyushenko at the 2:13 mark.

UFC 138 – Sweden Fighter Records – 6 Wins and 6 Losses
Papy “Makambo” Abedi’s was submitted by Thiago Alves in the UK in his Octagon Debut.

Papy Makambo Abedi Submitted
Papy “Makambo” Abedi Submitted by Thiago Alves in Debut

UFC 133Sweden Fighter Records – 6 Wins and 5 Losses
Alexander Gustafsson dominates Matt Hamill on August 6, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  The Mauler ends the fight with ground and pound with a TKO in the second round.

Gustafsson Celebrates of TKO over Hamill
Gustafsson Celebrates After TKO Over Matt Hamill

UFC 127 Sweden Fighter Records – 5 Wins and 5 Losses
Alexander Gustafsson is victorious versus the New Zealander James Te Huna on the Australia card on February 27th.

Gustafsson Submitting Te Huna at UFC 127 to raise his record to 3 wins and 1 loss in the UFC.


UFC 120Sweden Fighter Records – 4 Wins and 5 Losses
Alexander Gustafsson submits Cyrille Diabate on October 16 at The 02 in London.

UFC 112Sweden Fighter Records – 3 Wins and 5 Losses
Alexander Gustafsson loses in challenging match with Phil Davis. Alexander showed he’s come a long way in his wrestling abilities by defending several take-downs, but ultimately the Division I College champion wrestler was too much.

UFC 105Sweden Fighter Records – 3 Wins and 4 Losses
Alexander Gustafsson wins in debut against Jared Hamman with first round knockout!

UFC 97 – Sweden Fighter Records – 2 Wins and 4 Losses
David Bielkheden lost to Canadian jiu-jitsu specialist Mark Bocek.

UFC 95 in London, England – February 21, 2009 – (2 Wins and 3 Losses)
Per Eklund lost to Evan Dunham at UFC 95 by first round KO (punches).  This prelim fight was shown on the main PPV broadcast.

Per Loses in the Octagon

UFC 89 in Birmingham, England – October 18, 2008 (2 Wins and 2 Losses)
MMA fighters from Sweden, David Bielkheden and Per Eklund, had dominating wins at UFC 89 on October 18 in Birmingham, England!!! These victories will help the campaign to bring the UFC to their homeland of Sweden. Both fighters weighed in at 155 lbs. Per Eklund won over Samy Schiavo with a rear naked choke in round 3.

UFC 82 in Columbus, Ohio, USA- Sweden Fighter Records  (0 Wins and 2 Losses)
David Bielkheden fights Diego Sanchez on the prelim card at 170 lbs. on short notice, and loses in the first round.

UFC 80 in Newcastle, England – Sweden Fighter Records  (0 Wins and 1 Loss)
Per Eklund makes Sweden’s debut with a loss to Sam Stout in a decision in the card headlined by B.J. Penn and Joe Stevenson.

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