Swedish strawweight prospect Josefine “Thunder” Knutsson is set for her toughest MMA fight to date, as she will face Jacinta Austin at UAE Warriors 35 on February 25.
The seasoned strikers are very evenly matched, with the same undefeated MMA record of 4-0, as well as successful careers in Muay Thai and kickboxing.
In a new video from Maximum Sports, Knutsson’s coach, Sanja Trbojevic, commented on the upcoming fight against Austin.
“Nothing will stand in our way this time. It doesn’t matter if she’s the world champion of whatever – 2023 is our year,” Trbojevic said.
Josefine Knutsson last fought at ‘Road to UFC’
Eight months ago, “Thunder” competed at ‘Road to UFC’ in Singapore where she faced South Korean grappler Ye Dam Seo. The Swede dominated every round to secure the win via unanimous decision.
However, despite the convincing win Knutsson was not entirely happy with her own performance, and in the video she claimed that the fight against Austin will be a different story.
“This fight will be completely different from my fight in Singapore,” Knutsson said. “We are both strikers from the start, but it doesn’t matter, I’m not afraid of the MMA game. I will do what’s necessary to win.”
“I just want to fight and build my record. Just get in the UFC as quickly as possible. I always need to be ready, every fight is a possibility. That’s it. Not just the results but the performance as well.”
“She’s going to be a superstar”
Besides being a force of nature in the cage, Knutsson is known for her relentless pace in the training sessions at Allstars Training Centre. Teammate, and FCR bantamweight champion, Bernardo Sopai believes that “Thunder’s” grit and talent makes her destined to take over the stacked UFC strawweight division.
“She’s going to kill everyone in her division brother, she’s a champ, soon she’s going to be in the UFC. She’s going to be a superstar. She trains very hard, she trains like a monster,” Sopai said in the video.
Knutsson’s coach, Trbojevic also believe that the prospect would perform very well against the strawweight elite.
“I could easily match Josefine against the UFC top ten,” Trbojevic claimed in a recent episode of Swedish fighting podcast Käftsmällspodden. “You can beat anyone with the right strategy, the right game plan and if you train right. I don’t see anyone that we can’t beat.”
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