Light Heavyweight Karl Albrektsson Signs Multi-Fight, Multi-Year Extension with Bellator MMA

Karl Albrektsson, Bellator MMA
Karl Albrektsson, Bellator 268 ceremonial weigh-in Credit: Alex Behunin/Cageside Press

Swedish light heavyweight standout Karl Albrektsson has signed an exclusive multi-fight, multi-year contract extension with Bellator MMA.

Promotion officials announced the news in a press release on Tuesday. The 28-year old currently sits on a four-fight win streak, and is 2-1 under the Bellator banner.

Prior to joining Bellator MMA in 2019, Albrektsson competed for Japan’s RIZIN Fighting Federation. There, he picked up a win over Vadim Nemkov, who currently reigns over Bellator’s light heavyweight division as champion. He also holds a win over Nemkov’s brother, Viktor, and has previously competed against current UFC title challenger Jiri Prochazka.

“King” Albrektsson is currently ranked #7 overall in Bellator’s 205 pound weight class. Outside of mixed martial arts, the Swede won a gold medal at the 2014 European Wushu Championships and a bronze medal at the 2015 World Wushu Championships a year later.

Albrektsson does not currently have a fight booked. When he does, however, fans in his native Sweden, and neighbors Finland and Norway, will be able to watch live and free on streaming service Pluto TV, the promotion noted in Tuesday’s press release.

Bellator returns to action later this month, with Bellator 282: Mousasi vs. Eblen airing on Friday, June 24, 2022. The event will mark the first card of their Nordic media rights deal with Pluto TV.