The UFC is finally back. After over a month since the last UFC event myself and UFC fans around the world finally get that void filled that’s been in our heart for the past month. While some of us have been able to survive with smaller promotions for the rest of us it’s been tough without fights for the past month.
On Saturday, April 14, the UFC will make its promotional debut in Sweden and feature one of the brightest up and comers, Alexander Gustafsson, fighting in his home country. Gustafsson is 13-1 and has won four straight since his loss to Phil Davis. He’s defeated veterans like Vladimir Matyushenko and Matt Hamill and looks like he could be a force at light heavyweight.
He will be taking on Thiago Silva in his first bout since a no contest against Brandon Vera. Silva dominated that fight before failing his drug test after submitting non human urine. The Brazilian has fought the who’s who of the UFC. He has defeated Keith Jardine and Houston Alexander, suffered a knockout loss to Lyoto Machida and a decision loss to Rashad Evans. Silva looked great in his last fight and I’m choosing the upset victory for Silva in this bout.
Also on the card Brian Stann in his first fight since a submission loss to Chael Sonnen taking on Alessio Sakara. Stann has looked improved in all his bouts, but needs to improve his wrestling to reach the upper echelon of the middleweight division.
The rest of the main card fills out as followed:
Paulo Thiago vs. Siyar Bahadurzada
Dennis Siver vs. Diego Nunes
Damarques Johnson vs. John Maguire
Brad Pickett vs. Damacio Page
This is a huge card for the UFC to come back from its month hiatus. It was the fastest selling UFC event in European history and a stacked card at that. Saturday will be a huge event for the UFC’s global expansion.