Lina Lansberg
Elbow Queen


Picks up career's biggest upset
September 29, 2019
Lansberg defeated Macy Chiasson via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27, 29-28) at UFC Copenhagen on Saturday.
While it wasn't the most visually appealing fight, Lansberg used the support of the crowd and her veteran experience to come away with the evening's biggest upset. She appeared to drop the first round to Chiasson after absorbing a few big shots, but made an adjustment and chose to initiate clinch situations throughout the remainder of the bout. When it was all said and done, Lansberg lost the battle of significant strikes 21 to 26, but recorded two takedowns and three passes to ultimately win the favor of the judges in Rounds 2 and 3. The 37-year-old's window may be closing, but she's now won back-to-back fights as a heavy underdog, proving you can never count her out.
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Faces uphill battle in Copenhagen
July 12, 2019
Lansberg will face Macy Chiasson in a bantamweight matchup at UFC Copenhagen on Sep. 28.
Lansberg will seemingly head into this fight as an underdog, especially considering that Chiasson has yet to lose professionally after five fights. On top of that, Lansberg is just 3-3 since joining the UFC. The Sweden native will presumably have the crowd behind her, in addition to a major experience edge to lean on. Chiasson will have major size advantages, however, as she'll enter the cage four inches taller with a seven-inch reach advantage. It's a small sample size, but volume striking and striking differential both lean in the direction of Chiasson.
Uses elbows to notch dominant win
June 1, 2019
Lansberg defeated Tonya Evinger via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-26) at UFC Fight Night 153 in Stockholm, Sweden on Saturday.
It was assumed that Evinger would get the better of the grappling exchanges in this one, but instead Lansberg stuffed takedowns and got reversals when necessary, resulting in a lot of good control time on top. Lansberg showed why she is called "The Elbow Queen" in this one, slicing Evinger up from every position and leaving her a bloody mess by the time the final bell sounded. Lansberg has something of a limited Muay Thai clinch game, which has held her back from really establishing herself in the division, but she is tough and determined enough to break the will of her opponents. She improves to 9-4 in professional MMA as a result of the victory.
Going for win in native Sweden
April 3, 2019
Lansberg will fight Tonya Evinger on June 1 at UFC Stockholm, Alexander K. Lee of reports.
Lansberg has gone two up and two down since joining the UFC, boasting wins over Gina Mazany and Lucie Pudilova while dropping matchups with Aspen Ladd and Yana Kunitskaya. She's alternated wins and losses, so she's hoping that pattern will continue for one more fight after she lost her most recent bout to Kunitskaya.
Drops decision to Yana Kunitskaya at UFC 229
October 6, 2018
Lansberg lost to Yana Kunitskaya via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 27-30) at UFC 229 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
In a fight that was contested in primarily close quarters, Lansberg never had a prayer. She spent the vast majority of the bout being controlled by Kunitskaya from top position and she displayed no ability to free herself from compromising situations. Now five fights into her UFC career (3-2), it's quite obvious the 36-year-old Swede is nothing more than roster depth for the company.
Will fight Yana Kunitskaya at UFC 229
August 9, 2018
Lansberg will face off against Yana Kunitskaya in a bantamweight matchup at UFC 229 on Oct. 6 in Las Vegas, Adam Hill of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.
Since losing her UFC debut to current featherweight champion Cris "Cyborg" Justino, Lansberg is 2-1. She'll now be pinned against Kunitskaya, who is moving back down to bantamweight after taking a loss to Cyborg in her UFC debut. Lansberg's striking defense is a bit of a question mark, as she owns a negative striking differential over a four-fight sample size. That's an area Kunitskaya will look to exploit, as she generally prefers to keep the fight standing.