The UFC is returning to Sweden in May, and on tap is a big light heavyweight main event featuring Alexander Gustafsson.
A pair of former UFC light heavyweight title challengers are on course to fight in Sweden. MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani reported on Saturday that Alexander Gustafsson and Glover Teixeira are slated to headline UFC Stockholm on Saturday, May 28th. UFC officials have yet to announce either the fight or the event. The UFC had previously booked Gustafsson-Teixeira as the UFC Berlin main event in June 2015, but Gustafsson pulled out with an injury, and Teixeira was also removed from the card.
Gustafsson (17-4) returned from an 11-month layoff last September, defeating Jan Blachowicz by unanimous decision at UFC Hamburg. It marked Gustafsson’s first victory since stopping Jimi Manuwa in March 2014. In January 2015, Gustafsson suffered a knockout loss to Anthony Johnson in the UFC on FOX 14 main event in Stockholm. Despite the defeat, he still fought for the title later that October, losing a back-and-forth split decision with current champion Daniel Cormier. The 30-year-old was scheduled to fight Antonio Rogerio Nogueira last November but withdrew due to a lingering back injury.
Teixeira (26-5) fought at UFC 208 earlier this month, earning a unanimous decision over Jared Cannonier at UFC 208. That got the Brazilian back on the winning track after Anthony Johnson knocked his head out of the T-Mobile Arena at UFC 202 in August. Prior to the 13-second loss to Rumble, Teixeira had rattled off three straight victories, stopping Ovince Saint Preux, Patrick Cummins, and Rashad Evans.
This will mark the UFC’s first show in Sweden since that aforementioned UFC on FOX 14 card, which was held in the Tele2 Arena soccer stadium. No venue has been confirmed for this year’s Stockholm show.