UFC today announced the first four bouts to be included in the organisation’s debut event in Croatia on Sunday, April 10 at Zagreb Arena. Tickets for UFC FIGHT NIGHT ZAGREB will go on general sale on Friday, February 12.
Heavyweight hitters Gabriel Gonzaga (17-10; fighting out of Ludlow, Massachusetts, USA) and Ruslan Magomedov (14-1; fighting out of The Republic of Dagestan, Russia) will collide at the Zagreb Arena as the Brazilian legend looks to put a stop to the Russian’s nine fight win streak.
Additionally involved in this historic event will be local MMA superstar Igor Pokrajac (25-12, 1 NC; fighting out of Zagreb, Croatia) who will make his return to the Octagon in April as he faces Poland’s Jan Blachowicz (18-5; fighting out of Poznan, Poland) in a light heavyweight battle. Pokrajac is coming off three first round finishes and will be looking to make a statement against Blachowicz in his hometown.
“I’m honoured to fight in Zagreb in front of my countrymen,” commented Pokrajac. “The arena will be packed and knowing the Croatian audience it will be loud! I know I will bring a good fight for the fans and put on a show.”
After a spectacular debut at UFC FIGHT NIGHT: DOS ANJOS VS. COWBOY 2 in December, French heavyweight Francis Ngannou (6-1; fighting out of Paris, France) will welcome Serbian Bojan Mihajiovic (10-3; fighting out of Novi Sad, Serbia) into the Octagon. With none of his fights ever reaching the final round, Ngannou will be eager to add another quick finish to his record in Zagreb.
Undefeated Nicholas Dalby (14-0-1; fighting out of Copenhagen, Denmark) will be looking to add another victory to his record as his takes on Polish fighter Bartosz Fabinksi (13-2; fighting out of Warsaw, Poland) in an exciting match-up between two European middleweight prospects.
Tickets for UFC FIGHT NIGHT ZAGREB go on sale to the general public Friday, February 12 at 10 a.m. CET. Tickets are available for purchase via Eventim. UFC FIGHT CLUB members have the opportunity to purchase tickets early, on Wednesday, February, 10 at 10 a.m. CET via www.ufcfightclub.com. UFC newsletter subscribers will also have priority access starting on Thursday, February 11 at 10 a.m. CET.Check out our latest podcast episode featuring Adam Milstead & Dinis "Sweetbread" Paiva