35-Year-Old UFC Featherweight 7-3-0
October 21, 2017 Lina Lansberg News
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Lansberg lost to Aspen Ladd via TKO (punches) at 2:33 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night 118 on Saturday in Poland.
Lansberg was able to use her Muay Thai skills against the fence in Round 1 but seemed unprepared for ground fighting, as Ladd was able to quickly move into mount after securing a takedown in the second frame. The 35-year-old is always a game opponent but it remains to be seen whether her singular specialty will be enough to beat fighters at the highest level. She falls to 7-3 in professional MMA as a result of the loss.
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Fantasy AnalysisThe two-time Muay Thai champion is 7-2 in MMA and most recently defeated Lucie Pudilova after losing during a short-notice step-in to fight Cris Cyborg. She'll be facing off against Ladd in her UFC debut, who has won all five of her professional fights since 2015.
Fantasy AnalysisLansberg suffered an undisclosed injury that will not allow her to compete in her bantamweight bout against Leslie Smith. She has been replaced by newcomer Amanda Lemos.
Fantasy AnalysisLansberg will enter the cage for the third time with the UFC. Known as the "Elbow Queen," she has racked up four TKOs in her 7-2 career (1-1 UFC). Her debut with the promotion in 2016 was a headline fight against Cris Cyborg, where she suffered her second career loss in the second round (KO/TKO-punches). Her opponent for this fight, Leslie Smith, suffered a similar loss to Cyborg four months earlier.
Fantasy AnalysisThis was a battle between fighters with two different styles. Lansberg wanted to close the distance and work in the clinch. Pudilova wanted to stay on the outside an land with jabs and hooks. Early in the fight, it looked like Lansberg was going to control the action. However, later on Pudilova was able to get free and land with a variety of strikes. At the end of the fight, Lansberg looked very beat up and said that Pudilova deserved the decision. The Swedish fighter moved to 1-1 in the UFC with the victory.
Fantasy AnalysisLansberg lasted into the second round in her last fight against Cris Cyborg -- one in which she moved up a weight class to compete against a dangerous woman on her home turf in Brazil. Her fearlessness will be rewarded with another solid bout, but this time at her natural weight class of 135 pounds. She's 13 years older than her opponent, though Macedo did lose her UFC debut last September. If her experience helps her emerge victorious, there are many paths Lansberg could take. She could continue trying to move up the bantamweight ladder, or try her hand at the newly-created featherweight division.
Fantasy AnalysisWell, there's no doubt that Lansberg is tough. She managed to survive Round 1 by wrapping Cyborg up along the fence for an extended period of time, but Lansberg still ate countless shots, mostly to her face. It was the same story in Round 2, where after Lansberg was once against battered, referee Mario Yamasaki was forced to step in and put a halt to the action. Although the fight lasted more than seven minutes, it's difficult to remember the debuting Swede landing even one single strike of note. Look, moving up in weight to make your UFC debut against the most dangerous woman on the planet in enemy territory is a task that would overwhelm any fighter, so it's hard to gets on Lansberg for this effort. It will be interesting to see how she fares at her natural weight of 135 pounds. There's no doubt she is going to get another shot with the company.
Fantasy AnalysisLansberg is currently riding a six-fight winning streak, but barring a miracle, the good times are going to come to an end on Saturday. She has never fought anyone decent, let alone elite like Cyborg. There doesn't appear to be any path to victory whatsoever for Lansberg. If she someone manages to shock the world, it will go down as one of the biggest upsets in MMA history.
Fantasy AnalysisThe UFC still does not have a female featherweight class, and until that happens, catchweights like this will continue to get booked. Lansberg will almost certainly enter this bout as a heavy underdog. Not only is she a Sweden native fighting on the Brazilian's turf, but the "Elbow Princess" doesn't have nearly the professional fighting resume as Cyborg. Granted, she has accumulated a 6-1 record, but the level of competition is not even close to that of Cyborg's. Facing arguably the most dangerous woman on the planet is the price one must pay to make it on to the UFC roster.