The UFC announced today that it’s international expansion plans for 2012 include a move into Scandanavia — namely Sweden, where the promotion will hold an event April 14.
Slated for the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, the event will undoubtedly feature Swedish breakout star Alexander Gustafsson who handed Vladimir Matyushenko a first round TKO last Friday night at UFC 141. Depending on how Reza Madadi does against Fabricio Camoes at UFC on FX 1 on January 20, Gustafsson may only be joined on the card by Papi Abedi and a handful of his fellow countrymen who are brought in for the prelims to add some local flavor.
Unfortunately, Denmark-born fighter Martin Kampmann is already slated to take on Thiago Alves March 3 in Australia. “Hitman” has expressed interest in competing on the rumored card when it finally got a date, but it’sunlikely that the popular welterweight will be read in time for a fight one month after his main event tilt with “Pitbull.”
Zuffa has not yet announced any match-ups for the event, but it’s likely that they will in the coming weeks now that the location has been set.