The UFC invades Stockholm tonight with a No. 1 contender match in the light heavyweight division, as UFC on FOX 14 goes down.
Alexander Gustafsson, a native of Sweden, battles Anthony Johnson in a five-round headline fight. Also, Dan Henderson takes on Gegard Mousasi in a meeting of former Strikeforce champions.
Courtesy the UFC, check out the media notes for the event. Action begins at 4 p.m. ET on UFC Fight Pass:
The Times Is Now
History will be made on January 24th, when the first ever UFC European stadium event takes place in Stockholm, Sweden. More than30,000 fans will flock to the Tele2 Arena to experience UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs. Johnson, a landmark sporting event for the country of Sweden, and indeed the rest of the world. This will be a night to remember for all those in attendance; a ‘Where were you?’ moment in history.
Second UFC stadium event in history
This event is significant as it is the second stadium event in the history of the organization, the biggest event in the world outside of Canada (55,000, UFC 129 Georges St-Pierre defeat Jake Shields) and the biggest ever EMEA event (over 30,000) showing the growth of the organization.
A title eliminator
A truly stacked fight card will culminate in a five round main event battle between two of the world’s top ranked light heavyweight fighters. No. 1 ranked Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson (16-2-0, fighting out of Stockholm, Sweden) will take on No. 3 ranked Anthony “Rumble” Johnson (18-4-0, fighting out of Boca Raton, Florida) in one of the most highly anticipated match ups in UFC history. And with the winner of this main event bout being granted the next shot at the UFC world light heavyweight title, both fighters will be looking to put on the performance of a lifetime on the night.
Former champions battle it out
In the co-main event two former Strikeforce champions will meet for the very first time. Dan Henderson (30-12-0, fighting out of Temecula, California) will take on Gegard Mousasi (35-5-2, fighting out of Leiden, Holland) in what is set to be an explosive battle inside the Octagon. Henderson, a veteran of the sport and fan favourite, is currently ranked No.8 in the light heavyweight division. He will commit to fighting at the lower 185lbs weight division, in an effort to secure a memorable win over the Dutchman, Mousasi. This is a match up that fans all over the world will not want to miss.
A light heavyweight showdown
Four of the world’s top 7 ranked light heavyweight fighters will be in action on January 24th. In addition to the main event battle, No. 5 ranked light heavyweight Phil “Mr Wonderful” Davis (13-2-0, fighting out of San Diego, California) will take on Ryan “Darth” Bader (19-4-0, fighting out of Tempe, Arizona). Both fighters come into the fight on the back of dominant wins over Glover Teixeira and Ovince St. Preux respectively. Neither fighter will be willing to relinquish their pursuit of world title domination, as they go head to head in front of more than 30,000 fans in Stockholm.
A showcase of international talent
UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs. Johnson features fighters from 13 different countries. Regions including Bosnia, Bulgaria, Brazil, Russia, Ukraine, the UK and the US are all represented on this truly international fight card, demonstrating the wealth of mixed martial arts talent, which is being developed and nurtured all over the world.
It’s show time for Sweden
Swedish fans will have more than one reason to secure their place at the Tele2 Arena on January 24th, as Sweden native Gustafsson is joined on the fight card by Nico Musoke (13-3-0, fighting out of Stockholm, Sweden) and Akira Corassani, originally from Lund in Sweden (14-6-1, now fighting out of New York City, New York). With mixed martial arts now one of the most widely followed sports in Sweden, fans up and down the country are expected to turn out in force to get behind their national heroes.