UFC on Fuel TV 9 will be the second event the UFC has ever held in Sweden. The card is headlined by a light-heavyweight title-eliminator bout between Alexander Gustafsson and Strikeforce import Gegard Mousasi. This fight card takes place on April 6 at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm. With the demise of Strikeforc,e the UFC was able to add another Swedish fighter, with Chris Spang taking on former middleweight Adlan Amagov. Also added to the card is a lightweight bout between Ultimate Fighter runner-up Michael Johnson and Reza Madadi.
Spang had a lot of hype when he made his debut in Strikeforce. He was undefeated through three bouts, with all of them ending with finishes in the first round. While he won his first fight, he failed to impress when he took on Ultimate Fighter alum Ricky Legere, who was able to control Spang with his wrestling. Luckily, he won his last fight by TKO, so he will have a little more confidence going into his bout with Amagov. This will be Amagov’s first fight at 170 after going 2-1 in Strikeforce at middleweight, with his only loss coming to the veteran Robbie Lawler.
Johnson was seen as a possible lightweight contender after he took out Tony Ferguson by decision and knocked out Danny Castillo. Then he ran into the undefeated Myles Jury, who picked him apart en route to an unanimous decision loss for Johnson.He has a chance to redeem himself in this bout against the Iranian-born Madadi, who earned berth in the Octagon with wins over UFC veterans Junie Browning, Rich Clementi and Carlo Prater. Madadi looks to get back on track after a split decision loss to Cristiano Marcello. This card continues to fill up, but it will be interesting to see if the UFC pulls in any more local talent for their second Swedish card.