A half Filipino, half Norwegian with a degree in Business Management and Administration accompanied by a penchant for bad jokes; can you picture this dichotomy of a man? If so, you’re probably picturing the focus of today’s article.
Edvin Eldholm is a name that’s starting to become more and more well known throughout fighting circles, having competed in Sweden, Denmark and multiple times in the UK so far in his career. Combat sports have been part of Eldholm’s life from an early age, “I began training karate when I was 6 and stuck with that for a while. As a teenager I tried boxing and Greco-Roman wrestling, then at 18 I started with MMA, which I enjoyed straight away. I took my wrestling skills into MMA, which gave me a great base to start with”.
Wrestling is a consistent through Eldholm’s life, “As a child I was a massive pro-wrestling fan. I loved Brock Lesnar and Ken Shamrock, so followed them into MMA. My tastes have changed a bit in recent years. I’ve followed Conor McGregor’s career for a few years now”.
It’s one thing to train, but another to step into the cage to compete; what made Edvin make the transition? “Basically, my coach at the time, Matthew Turner, told me that I need to compete in the cage. I’d trained under a few people, including Norwegian MMA pioneer Henning Svendsen, and had developed my own style, which needed to be tested”. So, what is that style? “Ferocious ground & pound”. Training now at Team Heavy Rain in his hometown of Bergen, alongside fellow professionals Torbjørn Madsen and Alexander Jacobsen; Edvin is part of a new generation of athletes coming from the wettest town in Scandinavia. “We’ve got a good, strong team. We’re all learning from each other and improving daily. Now we just need to compete regularly to prove this”.
Our conversation moved onto Edvin’s record (1-1 as an amateur, 2-4 as a professional). “That’s not right, it’s actually 3-4. Ok, it’s still a negative record right now, but I’ve had most of my fights on the regional circuit in the UK, so I know that I’m not being brought in to win. That’s fine though, the tougher the fight the more I learn”. Many fighters claim that ‘Sherdog has got it wrong’, so I was keen to delve further into this claim. “In 2014 I fought on a small local show in a town called Bridgwater in England. I won by arm bar, breaking my opponent’s arm in the process and I’ve got the video to prove it”. My interest was piqued, “The opponent was Cage Warrior’s newest signing, Brett Hassett”.
The obvious question is; ‘Why isn’t this on your record?’ “The show was called All or Nothing. His gym is called All or Nothing. I’m not naïve. I’ve contacted them a few times to ask them to add to both Sherdog and Tapology, but it’s not happened”.
“I had complete control over Brett in that fight, he didn’t offer much. I will give credit where it’s due; he set up a sneaky heel hook attempt, which was good for a guy like him against a guy like me”.
So how frustrated are you to see someone you’ve beaten go onto a show like Cage Warriors, especially when there’s no record of it in the public domain? “If Cage Warriors truly want the best fighters in Europe they should choose me over him, let’s get a fight (arranged) and settle it once and for all. I’ve improved immensely since we fought. I’d stop the Edvin from 2014 within two minutes and we all know what he did against Brett. Cage Warriors is a great promotion and easily the most recognised in Europe, except for the UFC. It’s a good way to get a lot of exposure throughout Europe and the rest of the world with (their) UFC Fightpass (deal)”.
“Cage Warriors has a strong reputation in Norway. It’s a stepping stone to the big league. A lot of this is because of the signings of great Norwegian fighters, such as Kenneth Bergh, Håkon Foss, Thomas Robertsen and last, but not least, (team mate) Bergen’s-own ‘Mr Bad Romance’ himself, Alexander Jacobsen”.
“Although it’s still relatively unknown in Norway, MMA is growing rapidly. The people are beginning to understand that it is not cockfighting and that these are trained athletes with a lot of technique behind them. A lot of this is down to Emil Meek who is now competing in the UFC who represents himself well in the Norwegian media”.