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
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
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
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.