AGE: 22 – 23/09/1992
BIRTHPLACE: Helsinki, Finland
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 5´10”(178 cm)
REACH: 178 cm
PROFESSIONAL MMA RECORD: 5-3
STRENGTHS: Power, athleticism, solid wrestling
Pro since 2011. Made his international debut in March 2014 at Cage Warriors 66 (win vs. Frodi Hansen).
AGE: 27 – 23/07/1987
BIRTHPLACE: Porvoo, Finland
HEIGHT: 6´4” (194 cm)
REACH: 6´5” (197 cm)
PROFESSIONAL MMA RECORD: 24-6
STRENGTHS: Condition, Experience, Athleticism
Pro since 2004. 6 wins by KO/TKO, 12 by submission. 11 first round finishes. On 3 fight winning streak.
AGE: 22 04/08/1992
BIRTHPLACE: Oulu, Finland
HEIGHT: 6’2 (188)
PPROFESIONAL MMA RECORD: 4-3-0
STRENGTHS: Aggressiveness, grappling, finishing mentality.
Pro since 2013. Had six fights in his first 13 months as a pro. The only professional MMA fighter in Northern Finland before joining the HardKnocks.
AGE: 26 – 6/5/1988
PROFESSIONAL MMA RECORD: 5-2-0
STRENGTHS: Striking, power, Chechnyan fighting spirit.
Pro since 2013. Long-time training partner to Vänttinen brothers, has spent several years in Finland with his family.
AGE: 21 – 22/4/1994
BIRTHPLACE: Joutseno, Finland
PROFESSIONAL MMA RECORD: 9-4-0
Aleksi is a well-rounded tactically smart fighter. His strengths are in standup fighting but he has been making giant leaps of progress in his ground game lately. Aleksi moved to Helsinki and started training with the HardKnocks team in October 2015.
Jaakko has over two decades of experience from different combat sports. As a fighter, Jaakko won world championship bronze in kickboxing, he has also fought in Muay Thai and MMA. Jaakko has been coaching on different levels for the past 15 years. He has collaborated with the Vänttinen brothers for several years.
Oscar is one of the owners of the Macaco Branco Center – the home the Hardknocks – and he has a long background in BJJ. Oscar is an economist who is willing to take Finnish MMA to the international level, whether it is building a pro team or bringing UFC to Finland.