People are calling this undefeated fighter the 'Swedish Anderson Silva,' and here's why...

People are calling this undefeated fighter the 'Swedish Anderson Silva,' and here's why...

His name is Niklas Bäckström, or Niklas Backstrom for those people that don't know how to make those funny characters on their keyboard. He fights at 145 lbs, has a record of 7-0 and he was born on the same year George H. W. Bush inaugurated as 41st US President. Oh, just a few days ago he front kick KOd a dude in just 15 second, exactly like Anderson Silva did to Vitor Belfort a couple years ago. Of course that's where all the 'Swedish Anderson Silva' comparisons are coming from -- Bäckström still hasn't broke his leg in a fight or danced with Justin Bieber on a Brazilian talk show, yet.

Fortunately we have video of his most recent fight at last weekend's Europa MMA against Max Coga, and it's rather remarkable. Now check out this 'Swedish Anderson Silva,' if you're into that sort of thing.

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+5 # AFrontKicktotheFace 2014-03-27 00:12
That was great. There's been many front-kick ko's since UFC 126, but in all honesty, none have been as picture perfect as the one Anderson threw. Taking his opponent, title defense etc into the equation as well. He matrixed the "fastest hands" in the sport with his head, Then wrapped his toes neatly around Vitor's jaw with his rear foot, Vitor folded in his place like he had been picked off by a sniper.... 1, 2 and over. You couldn't choreograph a more beautiful scene in a movie.... I miss Anderson already. :(

Gave Vitor his one and only KO loss to date (and yes he was on TRT then too).
-3 # Lukeyo 2014-03-27 05:10
He wasn't on TRT when he fought Anderson
+1 # Biggie__Boy 2014-03-27 05:57
Yes he was
+1 # AFrontKicktotheFace 2014-03-27 12:18
Quoting Lukeyo:
He wasn't on TRT when he fought Anderson

Yes, he was. Do some research first....

...also, check out this interview where Leben says the beating Anderson gave him had him on queer street for 2 days after the event. (Chris also was undefeated in the UFC and on the brink of a title shot, his chin had not been cracked yet.)
+1 # Judo Mike 2014-03-27 06:50
One kick and you're Silva...
+9 # Yari 2014-03-27 08:46
Nice kick. Hope we'll see more of this guy.

I must say I like this Swedish Arianny Celeste more than the US version as well.
0 # anderson 2014-03-27 08:48
machidas was better..... no can defend
0 # anton 2014-03-27 09:28
He is the next big thing coming from Sweden. trains with gusto at allstars. Corner man no other than Reza mad dog madabi that beat Michael Johnson but later had some trouble with Swedish law enforcement
0 # jt33 2014-03-27 11:06
any idea what reza is up to.. i know he got cut from the ufc when he got arrested. is he still fighting anywhere or looking to fight? i didnt get to see much of him but i liked the way he fought
+2 # CBSAV 2014-03-27 11:12
some nobody hits andersons front kick now he the white anderson silva lol gtfo

IMO it wasnt even that nice, the guy who lost is a pussy
0 # Somebody 2014-03-27 17:27
Apparently, to be considered a version of Anderson SIlva, a fighter must do one of the following:

1. Find a way to fight effectively without keeping their hands up.

2. Use badass head movement.

3. make someone look like a bitch before you reach "fuck-him-up mode".

4. Front kick the fucker in the face.

If I missed anything, feel free to let me know.
-3 # JMDJR 2014-03-27 11:38
#CBSAV needs to get into the octagon with this guy and maybe his mouth will get closed .
+3 # BraedenVA 2014-03-27 12:33
Let's see him do it against higher level competition. The opponent was probably bush league.
0 # hubbe 2014-03-27 17:15
the opponent was 9-1 at that time.
0 # BlueDaBaDee 2014-03-27 21:53
Whatever happened to that Michael Page dude?
0 # Your Man from Spam 2014-04-04 18:39
No will to win.

MMA gyms around the world are filled with guys who can dish out, but can't take it. This is what separates the pretenders from the real fighters.

If you're not getting hit in training, and planning around that eventuality, then your training is shit. Curling up in a ball won't even work on the street, you need to fight for your life, have a will to get out of the situation.

I could understand this if say it was the 3rd round and the guy was dealing with exhaustion, but he wasn't KO'd and it was the first few seconds of the 1st round... FIGHT!

No contender ever got TKO'd in the first few seconds of a fight.

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