mixed martial artist
Home town: Stockholm, Sweden | Weight class: 77 kg/170 lb | Height: 183 cm/6.0 ft | DOB: 91.10.08 | Professional record
Bellator MMA-debut, 2019
UFC-debut , 2017
The Ultimate Fighter S22 tryouts, 2015
Member of the Swedish National Sanda Team, 2013
Professional MMA debut, 2013
Swedish Sanda Champion, 2012 & 2014
Swedish Amateur MMA Champion, 2011 & 2012
Swedish Grappling League Champion, 2010
Professional Muay Thai debut, 2010
Member of the Swedish National Karate Team, 2008
Born in a family running a karate dojo Oliver was raised as a martial artist since day one. His training started early and playfully, but took a more serious approach once he started competing as a way of testing himself and set goals. At first his efforts did not gain much success... But with time and determination he kept on fighting, which eventually earned him a spot in the Swedish national team for juniors 🥋 Around this time he visited Okinawa (the birthplace of karate) on several occasions to train and expand his knowledge straight from the roots of the art. In the meanwhile he added kickboxing/K-1 training to his schedule, and after graduating high school spent two months in Thailand (2010) where he made his professional debut in Muay Thai – winning by head kick knock out in the second round.
Gradually MMA started to get world wide attention and caught Oliver's interest as well. He took interest in the wrestling arts & jiu-jitsu to develop his ground game enough to join grappling tournaments. The goal was never to win trophies but to evolve as a martial artist, by reaching outside of the comfort zone. Winning or loosing didn't matter as much as the technical development. With a complete look on fighting he then entered the Swedish amateur MMA-league where he earned the first ever title of welterweight champion 🏆
The Martial Art journey kept expanding with competitions in Sanda (Chinese kickboxing) which was a pretty unknown sport in Sweden leading to Oliver securing the Swedish Championship title - earning him a spot in the national team as a representative in the World- & European Championships 2012 & 2014!
The professional MMA career started in 2013 after racking up an amateur record of 14W–1L. The training took him all over the world; from Europe, Thailand and Brazil all the way to New York, Florida, Las Vegas, San Diego, Montreal and Los Angeles - where he got to spend 1-on-1 time with world class fighters such as former UFC-champions Lyoto Machida and Georges St-Pierre.
In May 2017 Oliver made an impressive debut in the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) on two weeks notice (!) with an undefeated pro-record of 7 straight victories, facing a bigger and more experienced opponent. Even though the fight went to a decision victory for the opponent, Oliver won a huge crowd of fans and praise from the media. The message was clear: Oliver is here to stay 👊
The following year a controversial stoppage loss followed ths first fight at UFC London, and the company decided to end Olivers contract. However, not long after he got picked up by competitor Bellator MMA where he debuted in London (June 22nd, 2019) winning by submission in the first round. A second fight followed in Dublin (February 22nd, 2020) where Oliver scored another first round win - this time with a spinning elbow K.O. shared across the globe. His third fight, also a first round win came in the form of a Japanese neck-tie choke at the historical Bellator Paris event (October 10th of 2020).
Almost 14 months passed (due to the worldwide pandemic) before his new next fight took place on US-soil! Facing one of the most experienced wrestler in his division, Oliver fought through a lot of adversity as he stepped in to the cage with several injuries from his fight camp. The fight turned out to break his winning-streak, and Oliver had to fly back to Sweden and start his recovery process...
Six months later, in May of 2022 he got redemption as he secured a "submission of the year" candidate in pulling of a reversed triangle choke in round 3 of his fight at Bellator London! The journey continues as Oliver fights his way up the rankings, spreading the Budo-spirit of respect & humility in a world of separation Oliver believes you have to be the change you want to see. Be a part of the journey you too...
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In these turbulent times the world needs good role models to help shift our collective conciousness from separation to love & unity. While no one can do everything to solve the world's problems; everyone can do something to change their own behaviour - and in extension impact their surrounding.
Everyone is a warrior of their own life, and the moral codes of the warrior regarding attitude, behaviour and lifestyle - called Bushidô ( 武士道 ) in Japanese - is something that everyone can apply in their environment. Some of these traits are...
Respect - True warriors have no reason to be cruel. They do not need to prove their strength. Warriors are not only respected for their strength in battle, but also by their dealings with others.
Humility - Warriors have only one judge of honor and character, and this is themselves. Decisions they make and how these decisions are carried out are a reflection of who they truly are.
Compassion - Through intense training and hard work the warrior develops a power that must be used for good. They help their fellow human at every opportunity and care for their environment.
Integrity - When warriors say that they will perform an action, it is as good as done. They do not have to 'give their word' or 'promise'. Speaking and doing are the same action.
Responsibility - Warriors are responsible for everything that they say and do - and all of the consequences that follow. They take responsibility for the nature on our planet - leading the way by example.
MMA has given Oliver a platform to spread these traditional martial arts values that he was brought up with. As an ambassador for the sport his mission is to inspire people to be the best versions of themselves 🤜🤍🤛