Erik Carlsson is two weeks away from facing the Middle Eastern Lightweight sensation, Abdul Kareem Al Selwady in the edition of Brave Combat Federation on 9th June at Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Carlsson is among the first European fighters to have signed with the promotion and is making his return to the cage after the awe inspiring bout against Ahmed Amir, which ended in a split decision loss. The judgement was much debated, however Carlsson stated that a rematch doesn’t interest him and is ready to look out for bigger challenges.
Carlsson had fought some of the best talent in Brave Combat Federation, including the lead contender for the welterweight championship title, Jarrah Al Selawe. “The Last Viking” has a different view when it comes to the instances that leads to his matchup against Selwady.
“He is a well conditioned and serious athlete. He has a good all around game which always pressurises his opponents. He always come to fight. However I don’t think it was a smart move from him. May be he didn’t have other options. Many people don’t want to fight him. And I think he took the bait. I am focusing on every element of the game plan”, responded Carlsson.
Carlsson had fought all his three fights at Brave Combat Federation in UAE, Kazakhstan and Bahrain respectively. The event also provides a tactical advantage since Carlsson will be fighting in a venue closer to his home in a climate which is similar to what he has used to. His opponent will fight for the first time in Europe. Carlsson is also confident that the scene of MMA is changing in a large scale in his nation.
“Sweden has a lot of good amateurs coming up right now, there’s is a lot of competitions for them, and the standard is high. MMA has grown a lot over the years but also dipped down a bit, in my hometown Gothenburg fans are great, cage warriors was just there and it wasn’t the strongest card but it was still sold out and had a great atmosphere. But it is not enough. Local pro-shows and the regulations interfere to much that athletes are affected”, opined Carlsson.
Currently ‘The Last Viking” is undergoing the final phase of his preparations at the Tiger Muay Thai Gym in Phuket, Thailand.