Regretfully I didn’t get around to making this post earlier. Too often if I cover an event and don’t get around to making a blog post within the following days then I never do. Feeling that it’s old news I will just wait for the next event I cover and make a post out of that. However I really wanted to include some pictures from this years UFC card in Stockholm, Sweden. If nothing else only because of how it relates to the previous post: Friends & Pears.
This years UFC card in Sweden was a little more low key that last years. In the week leading up to the card the main event fighter and hometown hero Alexander Gustafsson got injured a was forced to drop off. With only days left before the event Ilir Latifi was selected as a replacement fighter to face Gegard Mousasi in the main event. The show would go on, but it lost a lot of hype. A lot of media and photographers dropped off and didn’t cover the event.
Ilir Latifi deserves nothing but praise. Called in the 25th hour he lost 12 kilos in 4 days in order to do the fight. Facing a world call opponent he held his own, staying on his feet for three rounds, and losing by decision.
More than a little contrast between football/soccer players and UFC/MMA fighters, wouldn’t you say?
These pictures and more available via Pic-Agency.