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Thread: UFC Returns to Sweden on April 6
01-19-2013, 12:20 PM #1
UFC Returns to Sweden on April 6
Stockholm, Sweden – The Ultimate Fighting Championship®, the world's premier organization for mixed martial arts, announced today that it is planning its return to the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden on Saturday, April 6. UFC’s first visit in Scandinavia was a tremendous success, selling out in less than three hours and breaking the Ericsson Globe Arena attendance records for sporting events.
Surging UFC light heavyweight star Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson will headline this event in his native Sweden for the second consecutive year, taking on red-hot former STRIKEFORCE® light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi of The Netherlands. The five-round main event will pit two of the sport’s best young strikers against one another with the winner moving closer to a date with the UFC light heavyweight champion.
Gustafsson recently defeated former UFC champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in his last bout. Before his collision with Shogun, the 26-year-old defeated Thiago Silva in front of a record crowd at the Ericsson Globe Arena last April.
Meanwhile, Mousasi, 28, is riding back-to-back victories, including a submission win over Mike Kyle earlier this month.
“Sweden is an incredible market for the UFC and we’re excited to once again bring a major UFC card to the Ericsson Globe Arena,” Garry Cook, UFC Executive Vice President and Managing Director EMEA, said. “Alexander Gustafsson is a big star in Sweden and has quickly grown in popularity worldwide thanks to his success in the Octagon. We know the fans in Sweden will make the Ericsson Globe Arena an absolutely electric atmosphere as he takes on the very talented Gegard Mousasi on April 6.”
UFC Sweden will go on sale to the public on Saturday, Feb. 9. UFC® Fight Club™ members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to this event on Thursday, Feb. 7 via the website www.ufcfightclub.com. A special internet ticket pre-sale will be available to UFC newsletter subscribers on Friday, Feb. 8. To access this pre-sale, users must register for the UFC newsletter through UFC.com. Prices will be announced in the days to come.