Featherweight Niklas Bäckström has finally been signed with UFC. He steps in on short notice to fight Finlands Tom Niinimäki in Berlin May 31. After Niinimäkis first opponent, Thiago Tavares got hurt, a social media campaign began, and just one day later Bäckström got the call.
Bäckström is one of Sweden’s most talented fighters with a 7 wins and 0 losses. Bäckström is a lanky fighter with great kicks and wrestling. In his last fight in Mars he knocked out the german Max Coga in only 15 seconds with a frontkick.
Bäckströms opponent, Tom Niinimäki, is a veteran of the sport and made his pro debut in 2002. This matchup is the first in UFC between Sweden and Finland.
Also fighting on the same card is Magnus Cedenblad and Viktor Pesta.