The Ultimate Fighting Championship's expansion into the European market further progresses in 2015. At the UFC on FOX 14 pre-fight press conference they announced three more Euro shows for the present year.
On April 11th, the UFC will hit Krakow, Poland with the first of the three newly announced events. Krakow Arena is the biggest indoor sports venue in Poland and can pack up to 23,000 people. With former KSW champion Jan Blachowicz, Piotr Hallmann, Daniel Omielanczuk and others, the UFC has lots of Polish fighters on their roster and can make big waves in the MMA-crazy country.
"Poland has been on our radar for a long time now," David Allen, the UFC's head of Europe, Middle East and Africa said. "This is a country that celebrates combat sports so we knew that holding an event here would excite the whole country. This event could rival last year's Dublin event. We expect it to sell-out, without a doubt."
"This means a great deal to me. UFC in Poland is growing so quickly and Polish fans have been traveling all over the world to watch MMA events for a long time now. For us to have a UFC event in our home country is truly amazing", said Jan Blachowicz, who has been on stage at the press conference and announced the Krakow event.
The second date marks a comeback to Berlin, Germany on June 20th. The UFC hit the German capital for the first time last year in May. 8,000 People watched Gegard Mousasi choke out Mark Munoz in the main event of the show. With Dennis Siver, Nick Hein, Peter Sobotta, Alan Omer and Pascal Krauss, five German fighters are currently under UFC contract and are likely to be placed on the Berlin card.
"I was overwhelmed by the support of the German public last year," said Hein, who has also been on the stage. "The journey that the sport of MMA has taken in my home country is remarkable and the fan base just keeps on growing. To know that the UFC will be back in Berlin this year is just fantastic and I would love, more than anything, to have the opportunity to fight in my home country once again."
And last, but not least, the UFC will make their long awaited debut in Scotland, when they hit Glasgow on July 18th. For years, Scottish fans have been craving for a live event in their country. Now they've got it. Glasgow's SSE Hydro Arena has a capacity of up to 13,000. TUF veteran Joanne Calderwood could be the marquee fighter on the Glasgow card.
"It would be a dream come true for me to fight in Glasgow for the UFC. The opportunity to step inside the Octagon in front of a home crowd would be something I'd never forget," she said.
In the main event of UFC Poland, recently re-signed Mirko Filipovic will face Gabriel Gonazage in a rematch. Jan Blachowicz and British striker Jimi Manuwa will square off in the co-main event.