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The UFC and the Swedish authorities in charge of MMA have worked out an arrangement that will allow the Alexander Gustafsson vs. Gegard Mousasi headliner of UFC on Fuel TV 9 in Stockholm to be a five round fight.
Rest easy MMA fans, the Light Heavyweight top contenders bout between Alexander Gustafsson and Gegard Mousasi that headlines UFC on Fuel TV 9 will be a full 5 round bout rather than a mere 3 rounder. The event takes place in Stockholm, Sweden on April 6. The news was broken by Kimura.Se who got the news from George Sallfeldt, chairman of the Swedish MMA Federation.
Here's a Google translation of Sallfeldt's statement:
Being able to arrange a match in the title length at home is obviously a big deal for SMMAF. However, it is important to remember that this decision does not mean that the overall match time for MMA matches increases. Even in the future, 3-rounds matches will be the norm for professional fights.
The SMMAF had to get the approval of the Martial Arts Delegation of the County Board of Orebro to secure the extra two rounds for the Gustafsson vs. Mousasi bout. It is the norm for bouts headlining UFC cards to be 5 rounds.