UFC will return to Rotterdam17 march 2017
UFC® today announced three additional unmissable events, set to take place in Europe in 2017. The organisation will return to Glasgow, Scotland, on Sunday, July 16 and Rotterdam in The Netherlands on Saturday, September 2. It will also host its very first live event in the Polish city of Gdańsk on Saturday, October 21. The scheduled events complete the UFC’s European calendar for 2017, bringing the total number of live events set to be hosted in the region this year to five.
UFC will respond to overwhelming demand from fight fans in the Netherlands by delivering an action packed card at the rotterdam Ahoy in September. Just weeks ago, Dutch fans celebrated their first ever UFC world champion, as Germaine de Randamie made history by becoming the UFC’s inaugural women’s featherweight champion. Joining de Randamie on the UFC roster is a strong contingent of Dutch fighters including No. 5 ranked middleweight Gegard Mousasi and top 10 heavyweights Alistair Overeem and Stefan Struve, all of whom will undoubtedly be hoping to feature on the highly anticipated fight card in their home country.
Joe Carr, Senior Vice President, UFC International and Content said: "Europe remains an incredibly important market for our business and has been key to the international growth we’ve seen in recent years. It was only right that we committed to delivering these further events in the region in 2017.
"Our debut events in Glasgow and Rotterdam not only sold out, but were among the most successful that we held in 2015 and 2016 respectively, so the decision to return to those cities was an easy one for us. And when we consider the following that MMA now has in Poland and the level of talent that our roster of Polish athletes continues to showcase, returning to Poland made complete sense.
"We now have four European champions and when you add to that the exponential growth in this market, it’s exciting to consider what the future of European MMA will look like.”