UFC Announces Upcoming Events in Scotland, Netherlands, Poland

By Tristen Critchfield Mar 16, 2017
The Ultimate Fighting Championship has revealed a trio of European events for the second half of 2017.

The Las Vegas-based promotion will travel to Glasgow, Scotland, on July 16; Rotterdam, Netherlands, on Sept. 2 and Gdansk, Poland, on Oct. 21. According to a release, those events will complete the UFC’s European schedule — which features a total of five fight cards — for the year.

No bouts were announced for any of the events.

The promotion first traveled to Glasgow for UFC Fight Night 72, where Michael Bisping took a split decision over Thales Leites at the SSE Hydro Arena on July 18, 2015. The upcoming event will take place at the same venue.

Meanwhile, UFC Fight Night 87 took place at Ahoy Rotterdam on May 8 and saw Netherlands native Alistair Overeem stop Andrei Arlovski via second-round TKO in the main event. The UFC will return to the Ahoy Rotterdam in September and could feature a number of Dutch fighters on the roster, including Germaine de Randamie, Overeem, Gegard Mousasi and Stefan Struve.

While Oct. 21 will mark the organization’s first visit to Gdansk, the UFC last visited Poland on April 11, 2015. It was then that Mirko Filipovic rallied to earn a third-round technical knockout of Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC Fight Night 64 at Krakow Arena. Prominent Polish fighters on the roster include Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Karolina Kowalkiewcz and Daniel Omielanczuk.

“Our debut events in Glasgow and Rotterdam not only sold out, but were among the most successful that we held in 2015 and 2016 respectively, so the decision to return to those cities was an easy one for us,” said Joe Carr, UFC senior vice president of UFC international and content. “Returning to Poland made complete sense when you consider the fan following we have and level of talent our roster of athletes continues to showcase.

  “We now have four European champions and when you add to that the exponential growth in this market, it’s exciting to consider what the future of European MMA will look like.”

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