Road to UFC’s Josefine Knutsson: Good Influence Led to ‘Bad Side’

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A speedy look astatine Josefine Knutsson’s grounds anterior to her Road to the UFC bout, and she mightiness look to beryllium 1 of the slightest experienced fighters connected immoderate of this week’s 4 cards. At conscionable 3-0 she doesn’t look to person logged each that overmuch clip throwing hands. However, that couldn’t beryllium further from the truth. Knutsson had a agelong Muay Thai vocation that led to an amateur satellite title and a slew of different martial arts acquisition (including an quality successful a K1 Grand Prix finals).

So wherefore did idiosyncratic with loads of occurrence connected the striking broadside of things determine to instrumentality her creation to wherever she tin beryllium taken down? Why woody with wrestlers and jiu jitsu specialists erstwhile she’s retired determination striking with the champion of them? The reply lies with the influences she’s had from her precise archetypal days successful the satellite of martial arts.

“I travel from a gym [Allstars Training Center] wherever MMA is the biggest martial art. I person large relation models similar Alexander Gustafsson, Ilir [Latifi], Khamzat Chimaev – truthful I’m grooming successful that aforesaid situation each azygous time with these champions (in my eyes),” Knutsson said. “So for maine [MMA] has ever been successful the backmost of my head. Like 1 time I’m going to spell implicit to the atrocious side.”

Being successful the beingness of truthful galore apical MMA fighters astatine archetypal was a tad intimidating. However, arsenic clip has gone by, she became much and much comfy and inspired by each of the talent.

“It’s not similar they are my sparring partners,” she said with a laugh. “In the opening you are ever a small spot starstruck, but we are nine mates now… It’s truly motivating.”

When asked who was the combatant she was the astir starstruck by astatine the beginning, the reply came peculiarly casual to Knutsson. It was the fable of her location state that had her wide eyed.

“It has to beryllium Alexander Gustafsson, erstwhile I started,” Knutsson said. “For me, he’s ever going to beryllium the fable and helium besides enactment Sweden connected the representation successful the MMA world.”

But the power of the Swedish legend, arsenic good arsenic respective different apical fighters, wasn’t capable by itself to propulsion her to the truthful called ‘bad side’. While she had her oculus connected it for a agelong time, it was the planetary pandemic that helped her marque the power for good.

“When COVID came, I trained much and much MMA,” she shared. “It was the lone enactment we had successful grooming successful that year, truthful I trained it each day.”

That twelvemonth of grooming gave her the assurance to springiness the MMA satellite her afloat attention. Three spectacular fights later, she finds herself successful a unsocial spot with a accidental to impressment Dana White and nab a UFC contract. However, she isn’t putting excessively overmuch accent connected the unit that would inherently bring.

“I’m excited, but for me, I’m lone reasoning astir the fight. In the extremity is ever astir the fight. It’s astir doing a large combat and putting connected my champion show ever,” Knutsson said. “When I get this large accidental to combat for the UFC and possibly a contract, thing is 100%. Everything tin happen. If they similar that they see, they similar what they see.”

That combat for Knutsson takes spot astatine Road to UFC 3 connected Friday, June 10th. She’ll combat Ye Dam Seo, which tin beryllium seen connected UFC Fight Pass.

You tin perceive the full audio of this interrogation astatine 2:04.