Sweden will host a five-round mixed martial arts contest for the first time in the country’s history when Alexander Gustafsson faces Gegard Mousasi in the main event of UFC on Fuel TV 9.

Sherdog.com confirmed the development with Swedish Mixed Martial Arts Federation officials on Friday following an initial report from MMAnytt.se. The SMMAF recently requested and received special permission from the Martial Arts Delegation at the County Board of Orebro to sanction Gustafsson and Mousasi for a 25-minute contest.

UFC on Fuel TV 9 takes place at Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm and will also feature Brad Pickett and Mike Easton in a bantamweight affair. The April 6 event marks the second time the UFC has hosted a show on Swedish soil. The promotion’s first effort came 10 months ago at UFC on Fuel TV 2, which saw Gustafsson outpoint Thiago Silva in a three-round main event.

Regarded as one of the sport’s brightest prospects, Gustafsson, 26, rides a six-fight winning streak into his clash with Mousasi. Following his victory over Silva, the Swede returned to the cage in December to face former champion Mauricio Rua, taking a unanimous decision over “Shogun” at UFC on Fox 5.

One year older than his upcoming foe, Mousasi has not lost since 2010, when he relinquished his Strikeforce title to Muhammed Lawal. Since that setback, “The Dreamcatcher” has posted five victories and a draw, most recently submitting Mike Kyle with a rear-naked choke at Strikeforce’s final show on Jan. 12.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

In RFA vs. Legacy Superfight headliner, Alexandre Pantoja has gift for Damacio Page

  • 17 days ago
  • 1 views

May 8 isn’t a holiday, but Alexandre Pantoja has a little present planned for Damacio Page on Friday. Filed under: AXS TV Fights, News read news >>

Tim Boetsch vs. Dan Henderson Elevated to UFC New Orleans Headliner

  • 18 days ago
  • 1 views

UFC Fight Night 68 got a facelift on Monday with a middleweight bout between Tim Boetsch and Dan Henderson being elevated to the main event. read news >>

Pic: UFC 189 headliner Conor McGregor signs Monster endorsement deal

  • 19 days ago
  • 188 views

While other mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters are hemorrhaging sponsors, as Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) gears up for a Reebok takeover in July, others -- like UFC 189 featherweight headliner read news >>

Pacquiao-Mayweather Vegas odds update: 'Pac Man' narrows underdog gap

  • 21 days ago
  • 2 views

Last week, we showed you guys some of the crazy prop bets Bovada is providing for tomorrow's (Sat., May 2, 2105) super fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. As it turns out, the online s read news >>

Opening odds for UFC 187's new Daniel Cormier vs. Anthony Johnson headliner

  • 24 days ago
  • 24 views

The early odds favor a recent title challenger in next month’s UFC 187 main event.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Twitter reacts to UFC stripping Jon Jones of title, Cormier-Johnson headliner at UFC 187

  • 24 days ago
  • 141 views

Controversy surrounding Jon Jones again sent the MMA world into mayhem late Tuesday when the 27-year-old was suspended indefinitely and stripped of his UFC light heavyweight title.Filed under: Featur read news >>

Daniel Cormier Pulled for Title Shot, UFC New Orleans Headliner Unresolved

  • 24 days ago
  • 16 views

With Daniel Cormier now fighting for the light heavyweight belt at UFC 187, the New Orleans event has a gaping hole at the top of the fight card. read news >>

UFC 187 headliner Jon Jones sought for questioning in hit-and-run in Albuquerque

  • 26 days ago
  • 4 views

UFC 187 headliner Jon Jones is being sought for questioning in a hit-and-run accident in Albuquerque, New Mexico, but he's not been officially listed as a suspect. The Albuquerque police department h read news >>

UPDATE: Light Heavyweight Champ Jon Jones Involved in Car Accident, UFC 187 Fight in Jeopardy

  • 26 days ago
  • 30 views

Light heavyweight champion Jon Jones was involved in a car accident and his UFC 187 title fight against Anthony Johnson is in jeopardy, MMAWeekly.com learned on Sunday. read news >>