Earlier today UFC announced the welterweight main event for its upcoming UFC Fight Night 53 event, taking place on October 4, 2014 at Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden. Gunnar Nelson will meet Rick Story in the octagon with potential title contender status being put upon on the winner.
“I am honored to fight in Sweden and to headline this card,” Nelson said in today’s press release. “I expect the Swedish crowd to be pretty loud. I believe I have a big fan base in Sweden. They love my kind of style of fighting and I am of course Scandinavian so we have a good connection.”
Gunnar (13-0) is coming off an impressive submission win over Zak Cummings last month in Ireland.
“I have fought in Germany before but it will be my first time in Stockholm, so I am looking forward to seeing the city,” Story said. “My schedule now will be to pack up and head down to Arizona to the MMA Lab to start training. I’m really excited for this fight.”
Rick “The Horror” Story (17-8) won his last fight too, forcing Leonardo Mafra Texeira to tap out last month in New Jersey.
In addition to this main event, UFC Fight Night 53 will also feature a welterweight bout between Nico Musoke and the returning Amir Sadollah, while Niklas Backstrom and Mike Wilkinson meet in featherweight action and Dennis Siver returns from suspension to battle the Scot, Robert Whiteford.