It looks like Swedish fans cannot get enough of the UFC, because in a matter of hours UFC on Fuel TV sold out upon the release of the tickets. The card is headlined by easily the best Swedish fighter in the world, Alexander Gustafsson, as he tries to take one step further toward a UFC light-heavyweight title shot. He will be taking on Strikeforce import Gegard Mousasi.
The first three bouts were announced as a trio, and all of them have a layer of intrigue to them. The biggest fight of the three comes as Ryan Couture’s introduction to the Octagon, and that fight is no way a walk in the park. He will be taking on an Ultimate Fighter winner in Ross Pearson, who was excellent in his return to 155 when he took on George Sotiropoulos. Considering the names involved, this fight will most likely end up on the main card.
Another big fight announced is one that was supposed to happen at UFC 155 between Matt Mitrione and Phil De Fries. Mitrione dropped out of the fight to face Roy Nelson, and De Fries had to face the returning Todd Duffee. Neither of their bouts went as planned as both of them were knocked out. Now they could be fighting for their future in the UFC.
Ryan LaFlare was supposed to take on UFC castoff Josh Burkman at the next WSOF event, but it looks like Zuffa has scooped up the undefeated prospect. At 7-0, with finishes in every fight, he could factor into the welterweight division very easily. His first test will be Ben Alloway, who won his first fight in the Octagon after a run on the Australia-versus-England edition of the Ultimate Fighter.
The last bout announced today is between the UFC’s resident class clown, Tom Lawlor, and Michael Kuiper. Lawlor may only be 2-4 in his last six fights, but two of those fights were really close since they were losses by split decision. Kuiper may have lost his debut, but he put away the always-tough Jared Hamman in the second round last August. If he can beat Lawlor just as impressively, he will start to turn heads in the middleweight division.