Cage 17: “Northern Storm” takes place on November 5th at Oulu Hall in Oulu, Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland and features a matchup between once-beaten Spanish prospect, Karla Benitez and Finnish star, Maiju “Mai” Kujala at a catchweight of 121 pounds.
Benitez (6-1, 1 NC), a Muay Thai champion, began her MMA career by finishing four of her first five opponents within the first round. Stepping up in competition she then met Simona Soukupova at HDH 26 this August and won a unanimous decision. In October, she was scheduled to met Kujala at Cage 16, however when Kujala was forced to withdraw from the event, she met late replacement Katja Kankaanpaa. After two hard fought rounds, Benitez would find herself on the losing end of a unanimous decision, the first of her career. Having had to withdraw from Cage 16, Kujala (6-3) was next scheduled to meet unbeaten Lena Ovchynnikova at Cage 17, however Ovchynnikova has been forced to withdraw due to a broken hand she suffered in a kickboxing match. Now, Benitez steps in as the late replacement to face Kujala, who is currently riding a two-fight winning streak, both first round technical knock-outs.