The UFC has wasted no time in acquiring of bevy of northern European fighters for its Swedish debut on April 14th, which will serve as UFC on Fuel 2. MMAnytt.se reported on several of the new fights that have been added to the card, including: Papy Abedi vs. James Head, Magnus Cedenblad vs. Francis Carmont, Simeon Thoresen vs Besam Yousef, and Cyrille Diabate vs. Jorgen Kruth.
Abedi (8-1) already made his UFC debut back in November in England, and despite his showmanship and flair for the dramatic, as evidenced by his dramatic entrance, the judoka looked simply outclassed against the always dangerous Thiago Alves, and ending up getting rocked on the feet, and then choked out. It was reported soon after that Abedi would get another UFC fight, and now that chance comes in his native Sweden against Head (7-2), an Oklahoma native and purple belt in BJJ under Rafael Lovato Jr. Head got a UFC contract after beating Gerald Harris on the regional scene, but lost UFC his debut to Nick Ring.
Cedenblad (10-3) is known as quite a character on the Swedish MMA scene, and with a solid fan base behind him he tried out for the 13th season of The Ultimate Fighter, but middleweights ended up being scrapped from the show. Now it appears the UFC has given him a consolation prize with a booking on their Swedish debut card. Rather large for a middleweight at 6'3 and with a well-rounded game, Cedenblad will nonetheless have his hands full with Carmont (17-7), a French powerhouse who's a training partner of Georges St. Pierre. A product of Firas Zahabi's Tristar gym in Montreal, Carmont brough a solid muay thai skill-set and some brutal ground and pround into his UFC debut against Chris Camozzi at UFC 137, with Carmont easily taking a dominant decision victory.
More details on the other bouts after the jump...
Thoresen (16-2-1), a Norwegian native and training partner of Joachim Hansen has been prominent on the European circuit for several years, competing mainly for British promotions like BAMMA and Ultimate Warrior Challenge. "The Grin" is a submission specialist, with 14 submissions in his 16 career victories, even against talented grapplers like Fabricio Nascimento who Thoresen choked out last summer. His opponent, Yousef (6-0) is a member of the Shooters MMA team, based out of Gothenburg, Sweden. Having fought exclusively for Swedish promotion, The Zone FC, Yousef has finished all but one of his six career fights.
Diabate (17-8-1), a French native, already has four fights under his belt in the UFC light heavyweight division, but with a .500 record, he'll need to impress to avoid getting buried as filler on European cards. "The Snake" got sloppy against Anthony Perosh back in November, a fight he was clearly winning in the first round before gettign taken down and choked out by Perosh in the second. Kruth (5-0) is a well known kickboxer in Sweden and a former WMC Super Heavyweight Muay-Thai World Champion with a pro kickboxing record of 71-14-2. Now training MMA full time under Swedish MMA pioneer, Omar Bouiche, at the Pancrase Gym Sweden along with fellow UFC newcomer Cedenblad, "The Last Viking" is lacking in MMA experience compared to Diabate, but has finished all of his pro fights (three by TKO, two by submission).
The UFC on Fuel 2 card now includes:
-Brian Stann vs. Alessio Sakara
-Damarques Johnson vs. John Maguire
-Papy Abedi vs. James Head
-Magnus Cedenblad vs. Francis Carmont
-Simeon Thoresen vs. Besam Yousef
-Cyrille Diabate vs. Jorgen Kruth