Haraldur Nelson updates MMAViking.com on the latest developments on the mixed martial arts scene in Iceland. As part of the powerhouse Mjölnir gym, “Halli” who is also father and manager of Gunnar Nelson, talks about the possible return of Icelandic MMA pioneer Arni Isaksson (12-5) who has been taking time off to teach at the Reykjavík gym. “We don’t have any others that fight pro” says Neslon of the active fighters in the nation of just over 300,000 people. One new fighter that has entered the scene with promise is karate champion Diego Björn Valencia (1-0), who notched his debut win at Cage Contender 18 back in April.
Ingþór Örn Valdimarsson of Fenrir ehf, who fought one pro bout back in 2007, now runs Fenrir ehf (affiliated with Mjölnir) in Akureyri, Iceland. Looking forward to this weekend’s Shinobi MMA FC in the UK, Icelandic amateur fighters will take center stage as Bjarki “Thor” Pálsson Palsson battles fights for the lightweight title, and Bjarni Kristjansson and Birgir Tomasson step into the cage.
Nelson also talks about the traditional strong men competition and when we will see heavyweights from Iceland step into the cage. See the full video below.