“Swedish BMF title” handed out after vicious first round KO

"I love pressure, I love hype..."

Scandinavia now has a title inspired by the UFC BMF belt, and a Swedish prospect lived up to the hype, winning the belt. 

As the Swedish MMA scene grows in Alexander Gustafsson’s absence, young talents are stepping up to fill that void. As the global MMA scene develops and embraces entertainment value, so do local organisations. Västerås-based promotion Fight Club Rush held their sixth event this weekend, and it was an event unlike any other so far in the region. Inspired by the UFC BMF belt, a similar, Swedish equivalent of that title was created.

The promotion created a belt, dubbed the “Bad Boy of Sweden” title, with the main event at FCR 6 crowing a new champion. Young, local prospect Tobias “Bad Intention” Harila was booked to face experienced veteran Fernando “El Toro” Flores for the title, in a hyped fight that caught the attention of the Swedish MMA scene. Both Harila and Flores are well respected for their entertaining fighting style and willingness to face any and all opposition.

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Following an explosive main card filled to the brim with finishes, Harila vs Flores certainly lived up to expectations. Harila even began the fight with a flying knee, reminiscent of UFC BMF title holder Jorge Masvidal. The two Swedish fighters left it all in the cage, throwing hard shots from the opening bell, completely disregarding any feeling out process. Both fighters landed hard shots, with Harila being slightly more accurate. At the end of the round, Harila landed a vicious right hand that rocked Flores, following up with a second strike that sent Flores crashing to the canvas with just two seconds left of the first round.

Harila has now emerged as one of the most exciting fighters out of Sweden, with a 6-1 record, and all his wins coming via first round T/KO.

“It feels really good, I couldn’t have had a better comeback,” Harila told our sister site MMAnytt.se. “I love pressure, I love hype, I love all of that.”

This is certainly a sign that the Swedish MMA scene is alive and well. As Gustafsson plans his return to the UFC, the regional MMA scene is now more thriving than ever.

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With roots in muay thai and as an avid combat sports fan, Sebastian Vendel-Martinez grew up while the MMA scene was blossoming in Sweden. He became part of the MMAnytt team in 2012 and has gone on to become one of the most prominent MMA reporters in Scandinavia. Currently he continues to work as a writer, reporter, video producer/editor and head editor for MMAnytt.com