UFC on Fuel TV 2 Preview

There has been a lot going on in the UFC throughout the last month since the last time the UFC held a major fight. There has been the good like the new season of The Ultimate Fighter starting with live fights dominating Friday Nights in the UFC schedule as they look for the next fighter. Then there has been the bad as they saw #1 contender for the Heavyweight Title Allistair Overeem test positive for steroids. With that Overeem was removed from his next fight and does not seem likely to return to the UFC after angering Dana White by lying to him about his use of steroids. With all of this going on the UFC will kick-start another summer of great fights by once again looking to new horizons. The UFC will enter yet another market this weekend when they move in to Stockholm Sweden for the first time in their history. It will be another area that the UFC looks to get a hold of with so many kickboxing fans in the Scandinavian countries, more so in Denmark. As is typical with the UFC entering a new market they will feature a superstar from that country in Alexander Gustafsson. The young Swede was born in Arboga, Sweden but currently fights out of Stockholm as he will be sure to have a lot of supporters. With 6 fights under his belt Gustafsson has made a name for himself with 5 wins, none of which has gone past round two. The Swede has a total of 3 KOs and 2 submissions and has quickly become a fan favorite in the Light Heavyweight Division and has gained some traction in a bid to become the new champion. He will take on another fighter looking to get his shot at the Light Heavyweight title if he can get through some troubles. Thiago Silva was riding a 6 fight win streak before entering the UFC and after debuting at UFC 71 he continued this fight streak to 10 fights. Then he met Lyoto Machida and was KO’d and was beat again two fights later by Rashad Evans. As he struggled against the biggest names Silva was given another chance to prove himself against Brandon Vera and he took full advantage beating Vera at UFC 125. Then it was revealed that Silva failed a drug test and his win was taken away. The positive test and a back injury have put Silva in a tough spot as he may have the talent to get to the elite fighters in the division but this fight against Gustafsson could emd any of those hopes. If Silva cannot beat Gustafsson the damage from the loss, the injuries, and positive drug test may all pile on to see Silva sink into the abyss of the Light heavyweight Division. Silva will have his hands full against the hometown favorite as Gustafsson will represent a very similar style to Silva’s. Both fighters are very well-balanced with the ability and background to earn submission wins but they prefer to fight on their feet. Both fighters are aggressive and love to come forward as they look for the knockout before anything else. Silva and Gustafsson will be looking for the same thing this fight as they want to make it an early night and prove that they should be considered a member of the elite in the Light Heavyweight Division. Whoever wins this game could see themselves enter that tier of the division and both fighters know this as they will both be fighting for more than just a win. With two aggressive fighters who like to bang anything can happen but I have to go with the Hometown boy who will have a lot less ring rust than his opponent, Silva has not fought in 27 months. Look for Gustafsson to continue his role as he earns the KO victory in Round 2 of this main event.

As the fans eagerly await their homegrown talent in the main event they will be treated to a great middleweight fight in the co-main event. Brian Stann and Alessio Sakara will face off in Sweden as both fighters are looking to get back on track in the middleweight division. Brian Stann is a newcomer to the division as he made his debut at 185 in October in one of the toughest fights he has ever had. He took on Chael Sonnen in his first fight at middleweight and lost to the outspoken grappler by a submission. It was a tough way to start his career at the new weight facing one of the best middleweights in the division but he was able to hold his own, for the most part, and impressed many fans. He will make his return to the octagon after 6 months without a fight and will take on another middleweight who has had a long layoff. Alessio Sakara will be fighting for the first time in over a year as he was last in the octagon in March 2011. Sakara will also be looking to get back on track after a loss to Chris Weidman ending his rise up the division ladder. Both fighters have their eyes set on a title shot and a win in Sweden will let them get to the top of the division for that chance at the title. It will be a classic matchup of wrestler, Stann, against the striker, Sakara, as both fighters will be sure to put on a show for the Swedish crowd as they look to get back to the top of the middleweight division.

 

Fight Card:

Main Event:

Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson vs. Thiago Silva (Sportsnet One)

 

Main Card:

Brian “All-American” Stann vs. Alessio “Legionarius” Sakara (Sportsnet One)

 

Paulo Thiago vs. Siyar “The Great” Bahadurzada (Sportsnet One)

 

Dennis Siver vs. Diego “The Gun” Nunes (Sportsnet One)

 

Damarques “The Darkness” Johnson vs. John Maguire (Sportsnet One)

 

Brad “One Punch” Pickett vs. Damacio “The Angel of Death” Page (Sportsnet One)

 

Undercard:

Papi “Makambo” Abedi vs. James Head (Facebook)

 

Cyrille “The Snake” Diabate vs. Tom Deblass (Facebook)

 

Francis “Limitless” Carmont vs. Magnus “Jycken” Cedenblad (Facebook)

 

Reza “Mad Dog” Madadi vs. Yoislandy “Cuba” Izquierdo (Facebook)

 

Simeon “The Grin” Thoresen vs. Besam Yousef (Facebook)

 

Jason “Shotgun” Young vs. Eric “Little Lee” Wisely (Facebook)

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