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UFC announces three more European events in 2015 (but no Dublin card ... for now)

Book your flights for Krakow, Berlin or Glasgow – or all three…

(L-R): Dave Allen, Joanne Calderwood, Jan Blachowicz and Nick Hein at Friday's announcement in Stockholm.
(L-R): Dave Allen, Joanne Calderwood, Jan Blachowicz and Nick Hein at Friday's announcement in Stockholm.

THE UFC HAS added three more European events to its calendar with dates in Poland, Germany and Scotland all lined up for later this year.

But Irish fight fans will have to wait to see if the world’s largest MMA promotion returns in 2015 as promised.

“There’s still work in progress on a number of arenas in another couple of countries,” Dave Allen, senior vice president for Europe, the Middle East and Asia, said on Friday.

“Hang in there.”

“This will be four fight nights that we’ve confirmed [including tomorrow's stadium event in Stockholm].

We’re looking to make that six, and possibly eight, fights so that we’ve got a full calendar right throughout the year.

Mirko ‘Cro Cop’ Filipovic will return to the Octagon against Gabriel Gonzaga as the main event in Poland’s Krakow Arena on 11 April, while home favourite Jan Blachowicz takes Jimi ‘Poster Boy’ Manuwa in the co-main.

“Poland has been on our radar for a long time now,” Allen said.

This is a country that celebrates combat sports so we knew that holding an event here would excite the whole country. This event could rival last year’s Dublin event.

The German card will take place in Berlin’s O2 World on 20 June, while the promotion makes its Scottish debut on 18 June in the SSE Hyrdro in Glasgow.

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“It would be a dream come true for me to fight in Glasgow for the UFC,” strawweight Joanne Calderwood said.

“The opportunity to step inside the Octagon in front of a home crowd would be something I’d never forget.”

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