Timo-Juhani Hirvikangas, who is widely considered as one of the best bantamweights in Europe, will defend his the Cage title at Cage 27. According to the promotion the Finn will put the belt in line against an up-n-comer from France Antoine Gallinaro. Cage 27 is set to take place in Hirvikangas’ hometown Turku, Finland on November 8th.

Timo-Juhani Hirvikangas vs. Artemij Sitenkov
Hirvikangas (right) is known for his wide arsenal of leglocks. Here he submits Lithuanian submission wizard Artemij Sitenkov at Cage 23


The champ Hirvikangas (9-2) is riding a four fight win streak with all of the wins coming via a finish.  The FinnFighters Gym fighter most recently captured the Cage belt in April, but pulled out of June’s card on June 14 Fight Night Finland (FNF) due to injury.  Now the three time ADCC Euro champ is healthy again and eager to get back to the cage. In his last fight Hirvikangas, who holds the #1 spot on MMA Viking’s Nordic Rankings, made short work of Poland’s Tymoteusz Swiatek (15-2) by finishing him with strikes in the first round.

The challenger Gallinaro (7-2) is an exciting striker who looks to end fights with every strike thrown. The Frenchman has gone to distance only once in his nine pro fights. Gallinaro’s last fight took place at BAMMA 16 where he put on a good fight against undefeated Mike Wootten before getting caught in a submission late in the second round.