Lina Länsberg

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Lina Länsberg
BornLina Länsberg
(1982-03-13) 13 March 1982 (age 36)
Karlstad, Sweden
Other namesElbow Princess
Elbow Queen
NationalitySwedish
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)[1]
Weight135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)[1]
DivisionBantamweight
Featherweight
StyleMuay Thai, Kickboxing
TeamDirty South MMA
Redline Training Center
Years active2005–2013 (Muay Thai)
2012–present (MMA)
Kickboxing record
Total48
Wins37
Losses11
Mixed martial arts record
Total12
Wins8
By knockout4
By decision4
Losses4
By knockout3
By decision1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Lina Länsberg[2] (born 13 March 1982) is a Swedish professional mixed martial artist who is currently signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). As of October 31, 2018, she is #15 in official UFC women's bantamweight rankings.[3]

Muay Thai career[edit]

Länsberg started training in Muay Thai in 2003, at the age of 21. During her decorated Muay Thai career she fought on the biggest stage, winning the gold medal at the IFMA World Championship two times, 2008 and 2012.[4] She won the silver medal two times, 2010 and 2011, and bronze once, 2007. She also won the gold medal at the IFMA-EMF European Muay Thai Championships in 2013, and the bronze medal in 2012.[5]

In addition to the international success, she won the Swedish Muay Thai Championship three times, in 2007, 2012 and 2013 as well as winning the Nordic Championship in 2010. She also won the WMC Scandinavian Professional Muay Thai title in 2012. Her Muay Thai record stands at 37-11, including fights against top names such as Valentina Shevchenko.[6][7][8][9]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

In her professional MMA debut, Länsberg fought fellow Swedish rising star Pannie Kianzad on 29 December 2012 at Trophy MMA 1.

She would then go on to win her next 6 fights (4 by TKO, 2 by decision) as she competed in Cage Warriors and other European promotions. This included her defeating Alexandra Buch by TKO in the first round on 16 May 2015 at Superior Challenge 12, to win the promotional Women's Bantamweight title.[10] Another big victory came by unanimous decision against Lucie Pudilová on 28 November 2015 at Battle of Botnia 2015.[11]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Länsberg made her UFC debut, as a big underdog, in the main event against Cris Cyborg on 24 September 2016 at UFC Fight Night 95.[12] She lost the fight by TKO in the second round.[13]

She was first expected to face Verónica Macedo on 18 March 2017 at UFC Fight Night 107.[14] However, Macedo later had to pull out due to injury.[15] Länsberg instead had a rematch with Lucie Pudilová at the same event.[16] It was a back-and-forth fight, with Länsberg appearing to be in control over the first two rounds and Pudilová rallying for a comeback in the third, in the end Länsberg won by unanimous decision.[17][18] Afterwards, she expressed disappointment with her performance, saying she believed that Pudilová maybe should have been awarded the victory.[19] Despite this, a majority of the media score cards still agreed with the judges and had Länsberg as the winner.[20]

Länsberg was expected to face Leslie Smith on 16 July 2017 at UFC Fight Night 113.[21] However, she later had to withdraw from the fight due to an injury and was replaced by Amanda Lemos.[22] Länsberg revealed that she had tore up some old injuries in training camp.[23][24]

She faced Aspen Ladd on 22 October 2017 at UFC Fight Night 118.[25] She lost the fight via TKO in round two.[24]

Länsberg faced Gina Mazany on 27 May 2018 at UFC Fight Night 130.[26][27] She won the fight via unanimous decision.[28]

Länsberg next faced former Invicta FC Bantamweight Champion Yana Kunitskaya on October 6, 2018 at UFC 229.[29] She lost the fight via unanimous decision [30]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

  • Superior Challenge
    • SC Women's Bantamweight Championship (one time; first)

Muay Thai[edit]

  • Professional
  • World Muaythai Council
    • 2012 WMC Scandinavian Professional Muay Thai Championship (-63,5 kg)
  • Amateur
  • IFMA
    • 2007 IFMA World Championship Bronze (-63,5 kg)
    • 2008 IFMA World Championship Gold (-63,5 kg)
    • 2010 IFMA World Championship Silver (-63,5 kg)
    • 2011 IFMA World Championship Silver (-63,5 kg)
    • 2012 IFMA-EMF European Championship Bronze (-63,5 kg)
    • 2012 IFMA World Championship Gold (-63,5 kg)
    • 2013 IFMA-EMF European Championship Gold (-63,5 kg)
  • Regional championships
    • 2006 Swedish National Muay Thai Chamopionship Silver (-63,5 kg)
    • 2007 Swedish National Muay Thai Championship Gold (-63,5 kg)
    • 2007 Nordic Muay Thai Championship Silver (-63,5 kg)
    • 2007 Thailand, Bangla Boxing Stadium Championship Gold (-63,5 kg)
    • 2010 Nordic Muay Thai Championship Gold (-63,5 kg)
    • 2011 Nordic Muay Thai Championship Silver (-63,5 kg)
    • 2012 Antalya Turkey Championship Bronze (-63,5 kg)
    • 2012 Swedish National Muay Thai Championship Gold (-63,5 kg)
    • 2013 Swedish National Muay Thai Championship Gold (-63,5 kg)

Shootfighting[edit]

  • Swedish Shootfighting League
    • 2010 National Women's Featherweight Shootfighting Championship Gold

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 8–4 Yana Kunitskaya Decision (unanimous) UFC 229 6 October 2018 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 8–3 Gina Mazany Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs. Till 27 May 2018 3 5:00 Liverpool, England
Loss 7–3 Aspen Ladd TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Cerrone vs. Till 21 October 2017 2 2:33 Gdańsk, Poland
Win 7–2 Lucie Pudilová Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Manuwa vs. Anderson 18 March 2017 3 5:00 London, England
Loss 6–2 Cris Cyborg TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Cyborg vs. Lansberg 24 September 2016 2 2:29 Brasilia, Brazil Catchweight (140 lbs) bout.
Win 6–1 Maria Hougaard Djursaa TKO (punches) Odense Fight Night 5 12 March 2016 2 2:00 Odense, Denmark Featherweight bout.
Win 5–1 Lucie Pudilová Decision (unanimous) Battle of Botnia 2015 28 November 2015 3 5:00 Umeå, Sweden
Win 4–1 Alexandra Buch TKO (punches and elbows) Superior Challenge 12 16 May 2015 1 2:33 Malmö, Sweden Won the SC Women's Bantamweight Championship.
Win 3–1 Laura Howarth TKO (retirement) Cage Warriors FC 71 22 August 2014 1 5:00 Amman, Jordan
Win 2–1 Emma Delaney TKO (punches and elbows) Cage Warriors FC 66 22 March 2014 3 2:26 Ballerup, Denmark Bantamweight debut.
Win 1–1 L.J. Adams Decision (unanimous) Heroes FC 23 March 2013 3 5:00 Halmstad, Sweden Catchweight (139 lbs) bout.
Loss 0–1 Pannie Kianzad TKO (punches) Trophy MMA 1 12 December 2012 3 4:44 Malmö, Sweden

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b UFC profile - Lina Lansberg; Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  2. ^ Tapology - Lina Lansberg; Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  3. ^ "Fighter Rankings | UFC ®". UFC. Retrieved 2018-10-31.
  4. ^ "September 12 Results: Female Muaythai Rocked IFMA World Championship". iFmamuaythai.org. 2012-09-13.
  5. ^ "Who Is "The Elbow Princess" Lina Lansberg?". mmalatestnews.com. 2016-08-05.
  6. ^ "Awakening fighters - Lina Länsberg". awakeningfighters.com.
  7. ^ "Reportage: Lina Länsberg är allt annat än en nybörjare (Swedish) / Lina Länsberg is everything but a beginner". mmanytt.se. 2012-12-27.
  8. ^ "Lina Länsberg (Swedish)". gripencrossfit.se.
  9. ^ "After ballet and muay Thai, why did 'Cyborg' opponent Lina Lansberg turn to MMA? 'Really thin gloves'". mmajunkie.com. 2016-09-06.
  10. ^ "Cageside photos : Lina Akthar Länsberg vs Alexandra Buch at SC 12". mmaviking.com. 2015-05-17.
  11. ^ "Cageside Photos : Lina Akhtar Länsberg vs. Lucie Pudilova at BoB 2015". mmaviking.com. 2015-12-04.
  12. ^ "Cris 'Cyborg' faces Lina Lansberg in main event for UFC Fight Night in Brazil". foxsports.com.
  13. ^ "Lansberg Lasts Till Round Two, But Stopped by Cyborg". mmaviking.com. 2016-09-25.
  14. ^ "Johnson vs. Omielanczuk, Lansberg vs. Macedo added to UFC Fight Night 107 in London". mmafighting.com. 2017-01-19.
  15. ^ "Veronica Macedo out, promotion seeks new opponent for Lina Lansberg at UFC Fight Night 107". mmajunkie.com. 2017-02-28.
  16. ^ "Lina Lansberg gets new (but familiar) opponent for next week's UFC Fight Night 107". mmajunkie.com. 2017-03-11.
  17. ^ "UFC London Results: Lina Lansberg Survives Pudilova's Comeback Effort". 2017-03-18.
  18. ^ "UFC Results: "Elbow Queen" Lansberg Scores The Win Over Pudilova In Fight Pass Opener". mmaimports.com. 2017-03-18.
  19. ^ "UFC Fight Night 107 results: Lina Lansberg wins, but says Lucie Pudilova deserved bloody victory". mmajunkie.com. 2017-03-18.
  20. ^ "MMAdecisions: Lina Lansberg vs Lucie Pudilova". mmadecisions.com. 2017-03-18.
  21. ^ "Leslie Smith vs. Lina Lansberg set for UFC Fight Night 113 in Glasgow". mmafighting.com. 2017-05-30.
  22. ^ "Lina Lansberg Injured; Leslie Smith Now Faces Amanda Lemos at UFC Fight Night 113". sherdog.com. 2017-06-22.
  23. ^ Russell, Darren (22 June 2017). "Lina Lansberg Ruled Out Of UFC Glasgow Due To Injury - Nordic MMA Everyday at MMA Viking". Nordic MMA Everyday at MMA Viking. Retrieved 2017-10-21.
  24. ^ a b "UFC Fight Night 118 results: Aspen Ladd pounds out Lina Lansberg in 2nd". MMAjunkie. 2017-10-21. Retrieved 2017-10-21.
  25. ^ "Aspen Ladd set for UFC debut in Gdansk against Lina Lansberg". mmafighting.com. 2017-09-26.
  26. ^ DNA, MMA. "Gina Mazany stuit op Lina Länsberg tijdens UFC Fight Night 130 in Liverpool". mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2018-03-20.
  27. ^ "Gina Mazany vs. Lina Lansberg set for UFC Liverpool". mmafighting.com. 2018-03-23.
  28. ^ "UFC Fight Night 130 results: Lina Lansberg controls Gina Mazany, clinches way to decision win". MMAjunkie. 2018-05-27. Retrieved 2018-05-27.
  29. ^ Staff (2018-08-06). "Kunitskaya vs. Lansberg headed to UFC 229 in Las Vegas". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-08-06.
  30. ^ "UFC 229 play-by-play and live results". MMAjunkie. 2018-10-06. Retrieved 2018-10-06.
  31. ^ Sherdog.com. "Lina". Sherdog. Retrieved 2018-09-14.

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