The UFC’s first trip to Sweden will logically be filled with local talent but yesterday the UFC announce the event will also be headlined by a Swede. Rising light heavyweight prospect Alexander Gustafsson will face the veteran Antonio Rogerio Nogueira UFC on FUEL TV 2. The card will take place at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden and air live on FUEL TV on Saturday April 14th.
Gustafsson (13-1) is coming off a first round TKO against Vladimir Matyushenko at UFC 141 for his fifth win inside the Octagon. The explosive Swede has only gone the distance once in his 14 fight career and has 9 wins via (T)KO. Gustafsson hasn’t fought in his home country since May of 2009, just months before making his UFC debut.
Nogueira (20-5) snapped a two fight losing streak last month at UFC 140 by defeating Tito Ortiz. The longtime PRIDE fighter had lost back-to-back decision losses to Ryan Bader and Phil Davis before the win over the former champ Ortiz. Lil Nog will be the second veteran fighter in a row for Gustafsson and will look to have much better results than “The Janitor” had.
With the time difference the card is expected to air during the afternoon and the undercard is rumored to be streaming on Facebook. The rest of the UFC on FUEL TV 2 card includes:
Alexander Gustafsson vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
Alessio Sakara vs. Brian Stann
Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Paulo Thiago
Damacio Page vs. Brad Pickett
DaMarques Johnson vs. John Maguire
Cyrille Diabate vs. Jorgen Kruth
Simeon Thoresen vs. Besam Yousef
Francis Carmont vs. Magnus Cedenblad
Papy Abedi vs. James Head