Back overseas the UFC goes, as the Iceland prodigy Gunnar Nelson takes over the main event in Stockholm, Sweden against Rick “The Horror” Story. The event will be held exclusively on Fight Pass; prelims start at 12:10 pm EST, with the main card finishing the night off at 3 pm EST in the US. It is not the only card happening tomorrow, as the Ultimate Fighting Championship will be in Halifax, Canada tomorrow night. Do not miss a beat, the MMA Spotlight will be covering the action of both events tomorrow!
#12 Gunnar Nelson (13-0-1) vs. Rick Story (17-8) Welterweight Bout – The budding star out of Iceland has got to prove he can start faster than he has shown in his most recent fight in the UFC. Zak Cummings undoubtedly outworked Nelson in the clinch in their last fight, and may have won a decision if Nelson had not finished him. Story will press the pace in this face, and will stay in Gunnar’s face for the duration of the fight, while looking to make this a dirty in tight fight. With a victory here, Nelson may be worthy of an opponent in the top ten of the division; an emphatic finish would do wonders for him in his rise up the ranks. Gunnar Nelson via Submission.
Akira Corasanni (14-5-1) vs. Max Holloway (10-3) Featherweight Bout – The heavy-handed Corassani can easily wind up victorious in this fight with one single punch; Holloway can take a shot though, and push a pace that Akira may not be able to match. The volume of strikes Max puts out is impeccable, and his movement his hard to track down in the cage. Corassani will look to land some heavy shots early, but as this fight wears on, Holloway should run away with this one in UFC’s co main event of the night. Max Holloway via Unanimous Decision.
IIir Latifi (10-3) vs. Jan Blachowicz (17-3) Light Heavyweight Bout – The juggernaut of Latifi is a power that is just unmatched in this fight. The Swedish-Albanian will look to explode into some take downs and land some mean ground and pound to finish this fight. Blachowicz hopes to keep this standing, and use his kickboxing experience to pick Latifi part. The eight ball predicts that Blachowicz will not do enough from the outside to keep Latifi from coming in and, sooner or later, the sludge hammers will derail yet another victim in the UFC. IIir Latifi via Technical Knockout.
Niklas Backstrom (8-0) vs. Mike Wilkinson (8-1) Featherweight Bout – The UFC featherweight division is stock full of talent, go ahead and add Backstrom as one of the most intriguing up and comers coming up. There are no holes in this man’s game, a game that derived of finishing fights in devastating fashion. Last fight he finished his opponent with a “Bulldog” choke, which is somewhat non ordinary to see in the organization. Wilkinson is going to be a tough cookie to crack, and does boast some nice power in the striking game, but Backstrom is just too talented to be halted now. Niklas Backstrom via Submission.
In other notable fights; the 11th ranked featherweight, Dennis Siver, makes his return to the cage after serving a suspension. Conor McGregor’s teammate and friend, Cathal Pendred, also will be fighting on the prelims against Gasan Umalatov. For anything and everything UFC, make sure to stay tuned into the Guardian Liberty Voice as the MMA Spotlight provides coverage of the latest events.
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