The UFC has confirmed that Gunnar Nelson and Rick Story (both top 15 welterweight contenders) will clash in the five round main event of UFC Fight Night Stockholm on October 4th. The entire card will stream live and on-demand via UFC Fight Pass. For those who may not know, Fight Pass is the UFC’s digital streaming service and currently has subscribers in 167 countries.
This main event places Iceland’s No.12 ranked fighter, Gunnar Nelson (14-0-1 in MMA and 4-0 in the UFC) against No.15 ranked American Rick “The Horror” Story. Story, a five-year UFC veteran, has a record of 14-8 in MMA that includes a 2010 victory over reigning UFC champion Johny Hendricks.
Nelson had this to say about the fight:
“To headline a card in Sweden is huge for me. They love my kind of style of fighting and I am of course Scandinavian so we have a good connection. I am honored to fight in Sweden and to headline this card. Rick Story has fought many of the best fighters. He beat the current champion in Johny Hendricks, he is very experienced and is a very good wrestler. He is a tough opponent and I am happy to be fighting him. Now I will head straight into training. I plan to go to Las Vegas to train with Conor McGregor and to help him prepare for his fight, and then I will most likely go to Sweden from there.”
Story, who was also available for comment, said:
“Oh man this is a really exciting match up! Stylistically it’s going to be great because Gunnar is a grappler and an attacker, when it comes to fighting you can’t ask for more than someone who comes at you. As soon as I found out I started to watch his fights on UFC Fight Pass. I have fought in Germany before but it will be my first time in Stockholm so I am looking forward to seeing the city. My schedule now will be to pack up, leave Vancouver, Washington where I am at the moment and head down to Arizona to the MMA Lab to start training. I’m really excited for this fight.”