In this article we take a look at a few of the best Swedish MMA fighters competing right now, and break down the betting odds for each of their next fights.
Sweden is without a doubt one of the top MMA nations on earth right now. The success of Alexander Gustafsson has helped to inspire a new wave of fighters here, many of which are now competing inside the prestigious UFC octagon.
There are so many to choose from, but here we’ll take a look at 3 of the best Swedish MMA fighters currently competing.
Notable Swedish MMA fighters
- Alexander Gustafsson
- Jack Hermansson
- David Teymur
- Ilir Latifi
- Niko Musoke
As we mentioned before, it was the success of Alexander Gustafsson that truly kicked off the Swedish MMA phenomenon. After racking up 6 straight wins, he was granted a shot at the light-heavyweight title against Jon Jones. Despite coming in as a massive +500 underdog according to nearly all online sportsbooks in Sweden, Gustafsson pushed the champ to the limit and lost an extremely close decision.
Alexander again earned a title shot against Daniel Cormier at UFC 192, and once again gave the champion everything he could handle, losing a razor thin split decision. After 11 months out of the cage, he returned and earned a dominant decision over Jan Blachowicz.
Alexander Gustafsson is without a doubt one of the top Swedish MMA fighters in the world right now. He’ll be returning to the cage on May 28th in Stockholm to take on Glover Teixeira. With a win, it’s likely he’ll earn another crack at the title. At the moment, VBet Sportsbook lists the Swede as the considerable betting favorite with odds of 1.45. Teixeira is dangerous for anyone, but is the betting underdog here at 2.55.
Another fighter competing on the UFC’s return card to Stockholm is rising middleweight Jack Hermansson. Despite having only two fights in the UFC, this Swedish fighter is seen by some as a future title contender.
Hermansson moved from his native Sweden to Oslo, Norway when he was 18 years old to train alongside some fellow UFC fighters like Emil Meek. Though he may reside in another country, he remains one of the best Swedish MMA fighters in the world.
Jack Hermansson fell short in his most recent bout against Cezar Ferreira. He’s now had plenty of time to recover and will likely be looking to make a statement in his return fight against Alex Nicholson. VBet Sportsbook hasn’t set the odds for this fight yet, but it seems likely that Jack will be entering as the MMA betting favorite.
This past March, David Teymur made Swedish gambling news by upsetting Lando Vannata. He was a 3/1 underdog in that bout, but utilized his elite striking with some well-timed takedowns to earn a unanimous decision win.
Of everyone on this list of the best Swedish MMA fighters, Teymur may be the most promising. He’s only 27 years old, and is training inside one of the best European MMA gyms in the world. With a 3-0 UFC record and 2 impressive KO’s, he may soon be knocking on the door of the lightweight division’s top-10 rankings.
The aforementioned fight against Vannata was a war. It’s likely that David Teymur will be taking some time off to recover, but a number of intriguing fight options are available for him. A bout against someone like Al Iaquinta or Evan Dunham would make sense.
Who do you think are the best Swedish MMA fighters today? Will we see these fighters competing for a belt sometime in the future? Tell us what you think in the comment section below, and make sure to check out VBet Sportsbook for a full list of 2017 MMA betting odds!