The Octagon is headed to Copenhagen, Denmark. As first reported by mmanews.pl, the UFC is set to come back to the Nordics in May. MMA Viking sources confirm the plans for the leading MMA promotion, however the UFC has no comment on the event that they say has not been confirmed.
This will be the UFC´s first trip to Denmark. “The Scandinavian market is very important to us” said James Elliott, Vice President and General Manager for EMEA, when MMAViking.com talked to him last year. “It won’t be in 2016, but we will be back in 2017.” said the executive that looks like he is making true his assertion.
The Polish website has said that May 27th is the date and a bout will include the Polish heavyweight Damian Grabowski and Dane Christian Colombo.
“I can’t be specific. I have reason to believe that the chances are good in the future.” revealed Nicolas Dalby last September, when the UFC was scouting a location in his home country. Dalby is back in training and is an obvious choice to be on the card.
Another Dane signed to the UFC Joachim Christensen should also expect to take up a slot on the Copenhagen card in a high profile fight. The Arte Suave fighter is coming off an impressive UFC win over Bojan Mihajlovic in Phoenix.
Also, Damir Hadzovic should see a place on the card as the Bosnian Bomber returns to action after his unsuccessful UFC debut against Mairbek Taisumov last April.
The newly opened Royal Arena in Copenhagen will play home to the event, which is opening up next month with three nights from Metallica.
The UFC has not been in the Nordics since the Tele2 Arena filled up with over 30,000 fans back in January of 2015 with a headlining Alexander Gustafsson. While there have been rumors of the UFC landing in Finland, the Octagon has only been in Sweden. The debut in the Nordics was April 14, 2012.