The UFC made a trip to Europe in an environment where other promotions are making a much bigger impact on the continent as the UFC looks to continue showcasing their talent.
The UFC travels to London for UFC Fight Night 107 as once again a trip to Europe will feature fighters that are a rare sight with Europeans fighters remaining in Europe despite the lack of growth it causes.
The UFC would return to England for UFC Fight Night 37 and would be headlined by a big Light Heavyweight fight. It would originally feature one of the biggest stars in Europe against a Brazilian legend. #1 contender Alexander Gustafsson would take on Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in UFC’s return to England in a match that would go a long way in determining the next title contender in the Light Heavyweight Division.
The last time Alexander Gustafsson stepped into the octagon he was fighting for the Light Heavyweight Championship at UFC 165 in Toronto. The fight was the built as the biggest in Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones’ career as he would take on the best fighter he has ever fought. Gustafsson was seen as the answer to the domination of Jones as he was the only fighter that was able to match what Jon Jones did best. Jones has always used his length to keep fighters on the outside and punish them on the feet.
The UFC has been ravaged by injuries in the past two years and as the injuries continued to pile up one division saw the brunt of it. The Bantamweight division has essentially been without a champion for a little more than a year with Dominick Cruz sitting on the sidelines. As the champion was sidelined the interim belt would be up for grabs between Urijah Faber and Renan Barao.
Injuries have taken their toll on the UFC and they have affected some of the top fighters in the world. Georges St. Pierre has just come back from his knee injury after a year layoff and now another champion will be sidelined for the better part of a year. Dominick Cruz first tore his ACL while filming The Ultimate Fighter with Urijah Faber in May of 2011.