Alexander Gustafsson (seen here choking out James Te Huna) will headline the UFC's April debut in Sweden. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
The UFC announced Tuesday that top light heavyweight prospect Alexander Gustafsson will face PRIDE veteran Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in the main event of UFC Sweden on Saturday, April 14, the organization's first event in the Scandinavian country.
The main fight will be also be three rounds, essentially meaning the UFC's 2011 mandate of all non-title main events being five rounds is over.
Gustafsson (13-1) is riding a four fight win streak and is 5-1 since joining the UFC in November 2009 with seven straight finishes. The Stockholm, Sweden, native turns 25 this week and last defeated Vladimir Matyushenko by first round TKO at UFC 141.
After a two fight losing streak, Nogueira (20-5) defeated Tito Ortiz by first round TKO at UFC 141. The 35-year-old had seven straight victories before losing to Ryan Bader and Phil Davis respectively.
The show will be at Stockholm's Ericsson Globe Arena with tickets going on sale this Friday, priced from $65 USD to $290 USD. The card has filled up in recent weeks with the following fights confirmed by the UFC:
- Brian Stann vs. Alessio Sakara
- Brad Pickett vs. Damacio Page
- James Head vs. Papy Abedi
- Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Paulo Thiago
- DaMarques Johnson vs. John Maguire
- Jorgen Kruth vs. Cyrille Diabate
- Magnus Cedenblad vs. Francis Carmont
It's expected the card will air on Fuel TV in the U.S. as it's not a numbered event.