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Japan, Sweden on deck for UFC events in 2011

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The Ultimate Fighting Championship will blaze a new international trail in 2011, as well as revist a long-lost friend.

Following Saturday's successful UFC 126 event in Las Vegas, UFC president Dana White confirmed that the UFC is planning to host live events in both Sweden and Japan before the end of the calendar year.

The UFC never has held an event in Sweden; the company hasn't visited Japan since December 2000.

White revealed the plans for Sweden earlier this week in an interview with Swedish MMA news website MMANytt.se, and he confirmed the UFC's intentions with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).

While the news certainly will be well-received by Swedish fans, it unquestionably is less shocking that White's revelation that a Japanese event likely will take place before the end of the year.

"We think we're going to get it done," White said. "Everything that needs to happen to go to Japan has fallen into place so far, so it's looking good. It's on our calendar this year."

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Post #1   2/6/11 11:58:09AM   

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Maybe the UFC is just what Japan needs to refresh their MMA scene. It's slowly dying, and becoming more of a freak show than a sport.

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War Sweden!!!

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Wandy in Japan

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its gonna be big in japan. i cant remember if it was ever in Holland or not but either way UFC should go to Amsterdam. and yes, wandy should definitely fight on the japan card, the fans will love him, and the UFC will love him because he will pack the seats

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Rampage in Japan as well! He was a big hit over there, and he even came out to his Pride music for the Machida fight

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I won't believe anything coming out of dana's mouth
And neither will okami

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Posted by tcunningham

its gonna be big in japan. i cant remember if it was ever in Holland or not but either way UFC should go to Amsterdam.



As long as Diego Sanchez isn't on the card, Holland should go off without a hitch.

I can't wait for the UFC to find its way back to Japan. Japan needs it like none other right now.

Post #8   2/7/11 7:26:08PM