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Per Eklund to UFC

By Asgard • Nov 1st, 2007 • Category: News

Per Eklund has signed a UFC contract spanning 4 fights/18 months. His first fight will take place in Newcastle, England on the 28th of January against Sam Stout. The UFC 155lb bracket is stacked with talent such as BJ Penn, Tyson Griffin, Clay Guida and Roger Huerta. Asgard managed to get an interview with the first Swedish fighter in the UFC.

Q: How are you going to prepare for your first UFC fight?
I box with Stephan Fernstrom and I will spar with Paulo Roberto. I mainly do MMA and Wrestling sparring with teammates Reza Madadi and Diego Gonzalez

Q: Why do you think you are the first Swede to sign a contract with the UFC?
Your European ranking, your managers or due to your training over at Team Quest?
Because I got good record and won a few fights in Bodog as well as Team Quest helping me out.

Q: You’ve visited quite a few gyms around the world, any comments?
I started Muay Thai at Kampsportskolan and did about 6 months training or so. After that I moved on to Pancrase Stockholm. I’ve also trained at places such as Nova Uniao Brazil, Ruas VT Gym, Brian Talarecks in Denmark, ATT in Florida, Wasa Kampsport, VBC, Team Quest in California and Hilti NHB in Stockholm.

Q: You recently fought and won your first pro-boxing bout. Is this something you want to continue doing?
Yes, I want to keep training. But due to contractual obligations with the UFC I can’t really fight professionally elsewhere.

Q: What does your typical day look like?
I wake up make breakfast for my son and me then I drop him off at kindergarten after that I go to work or train in the morning, then I either train in the afternoon or I pick up my son from kindergarten, then usually spend time and take care of my son the rest of the day.

Q: Who would you like to fight in UFC ?
It doesn’t matter. I train hard and I’ll fight anyone. But of course I would like to fight the best fighters they have.

Q: Will you stay in Sweden or move to USA?
I’ll stay in Sweden, I’d like to thank my manager Manos Terzitane for my UFC contract he has helped since January this year, and he arranged my fights in Strike and Submit in Newcastle. He works hard to help me out. I would also like to thank Marko Leisten who also helped me this year with my fights in Bodog and my fight against Tatsuja Kawariji.
Thank you!

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  1. [...] Per Eklund will become the first Swedish fighter to fight in the UFC after signing a four fight, 18-month deal. [...]

  2. Urijah Faber fights for WEC at 145 lbs (FW); he will be to small for LW in UFC

    Anyway - it will be grat to see Eklund as an addidion to alredy stacked LW division in UFC! :]

  3. [...] Per Eklund bÄ™dzie pierwszym Szwedem w UFC. PodpisaÅ‚ wÅ‚aÅ›nie 18-miesiÄ™czny kontrakt na 4 walki. Per rozbija siÄ™ w wadze LW. Jego debiut ustawione jest (a jak…) na UFC 80 w UK. PoczÄ…tkowo jego przeciwnikiem miaÅ‚ być Terry Etim, ale Etim w koÅ„cu bÄ™dzie rozstawiony z Samem Stoutem. Do UFC wniesie rekord 12-2-1. Per wygraÅ‚ swoje ostatnie 4 walki. Tu macie rekord tego zawodnika, a pod spodem HL i walkÄ™ z Tatsuya Kawajiri’m: [...]

  4. [...] - Asgard MMA reports that Per Eklund has signed with the UFC. Rumors have been floating around for months about Eklund’s possible signing and this can only help to certify that as being true. The deal is a four-fight, 18 month deal. Eklund is slated to fight at UFC 80 in Newcastle, England against an opponent yet to be named. [...]

  5. Good luck against Sam Stout this coming weekend!

  6. Varför la sig Eklund ner o försökte hÃ¥lla i Stouts ben i 15 minuter… Knappast vad amerikanerna (eller nÃ¥n annn heller) finner särskilt underhÃ¥llande… Bättre att försöka bjuda pÃ¥ en bra match dÃ¥.

    Jmfr Jörgen Kruth, som ändå faktiskt VANN de flesta matcher han gick i K-1 o ändå inte får några matcher för att han helt enkelt saknar underhållningsvärde..

  7. [...] Eklund will become the first Swedish fighter to fight in the UFC after signing a four fight, 18-month [...]