Photos: The Lina Lansberg Story

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Lina Akhtar Lansberg, born 13 March 1982, is a Swedish professional Mixed martial artist who is currently signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

Lansberg started training Muay Thai in 2003, at the age of 21. During her decorated Muay Thai career, she fought on the biggest stage, winning the gold medal at the IMFA World Championship two times, 2008 and 2012. She won the silver medal two times, 2010 and 2011, and bronze once, 2007. She also won the gold medal at the IFMA-EMF European Muay Thai Championships in 2013, and the bronze medal in 2012.

In addition to the international success, she won the Swedish Muay Thai Championship three times, in 2007, 2012 and 2013 as well as winning the Nordic Championship in 2010. She also won the WMC Scandinavian Professional Muay Thai title in 2012. Her Muay Thai record stands at 37-11, including fights against top names such as Valentina Shevchenko.

In her professional MMA debut, Lansberg fought fellow Swedish rising star Pannie Kianzad in December 2012 at Trophy MMA 1. She had previously defeated Kianzad in an amateur fight in the finals of the Swedish Shootfighting Championship in 2010. The rematch was a back-and-forth fight that Länsberg lost by TKO late in the third round.

She competed in Cage Warriors and other European promotions and grabbed all 6 wins (4 by TKO, 2 by decision). This included her defeating Alexandra Buch by TKO in the first round on May 16, 2015 at Superior Challenge 12, to win the promotional Women’s Bantamweight title. Another big victory came by unanimous decision against Lucie Pudilová on November 28, 2015 at Battle of Botnia 2015.

Lansberg made her UFC debut, as a big underdog, in the main event against Cris Cyborg in September 2016 at UFC Fight Night 95. She lost the fight by TKO in the second round.

She had rematch with Lucie Pudilova in March 2017 at UFC Fight Night 107 and amassed a win by unanimous decision. Afterwards, she expressed disappointment with her performance, saying she believed that Pudilova maybe should have been awarded the victory. Despite this, a majority of the media scorecards still agreed with the judges and had Länsberg as the winner.

Lansberg was expected to face Leslie Smith on July 16, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 113. However, she later had to withdraw from the fight due to an injury and was replaced by Amanda Lemos. Lansberg revealed that she had tore up some old injuries in training camp.

She faced Aspen Ladd in October 2017 at UFC Fight Night: Cerrone vs. Till and lost the fight via technical knockout in round two. She holds a professional record of 7 win and 3 losses.




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