The Ultimate Fighting Championship will make history when UFC on Fox 14 makes air live on Fox this weekend. As if the first meeting between former UFC light-heavyweight title contender Alexander Gustafsson and Anthony Johnson didn’t already do enough to make some serious noise in the MMA world, the entire card will mark the first time that the promotion has ever gone outside of North America for an event scheduled to air on Fox, as the Tele2 Arena in Stockholm, Sweden will play host to the card.

Gustafsson returns to home soil almost one year removed from his win over Jimi Manuwa in London. Gustafsson was linked to a bout with former UFC light-heavyweight champion Rashad Evans on this card, but the stars aligned and circumstances allowed Johnson, fresh off of impressive wins over Phil Davis and the notoriously-tough Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, to fight Gustafsson on the home court of “The Mauler”.

Beyond the main event, every promotion in the sport gives its fans a variety of things to watch for. What does the UFC have in store for its fans this Saturday night?

Prospects

Even the most hardcore MMA fans will attest to the fact that this card’s design falls more in line with a lot of the UFC’s international cards, where the brunt of the star power lies in the main card. Still, the prospect-heavy prelims give us plenty to look forward to because, at its core, it represents a bare necessity of the sport. To keep the product fresh and entertaining, the UFC needs new stars and a changing crop of “name” fighters, but they won’t get a new crop of “names” unless they give some prospects some shine. Names, like Chris Beal, Maribek Taisumov, and others round out the preliminaries with intentions of making their own names in the sport, and rest assured, at least one of those prospects holds potential to establish themselves as one of the undisputed best in the sport if they can impress in victory in Stockholm.

Featherweight fireworks

Just about every card has that one fight that was clearly booked with intentions of providing a fun viewing experience for both casual fans and hardcore followers, and it’s safe to say that the main card opener of Akira Corassani vs. Sam Sicilia. The TUF 14 alum Corassani and the TUF 15 finisher Sicilia bring two different kinds of killer instinct to the cage; whereas fans know Sicilia will go for a knockout every time the opportunity comes, Corassani is a man that will pressure his foe from the beginning of the first round until the dying seconds of the final round, if need be. In a division that seems to be flying under the radar beyond Conor McGregor and Jose Aldo, despite a handful of exemplary wrestlers, the winner of Corassani vs. Sicilia can stand out as someone that will definitely make many a top hand work to prove their place among the division’s premier athletes.

Henderson’s last stand?

As much as people speculate about what happens if the old “H-Bomb” comes out to play when Dan Henderson sees Gegard Mousasi in Saturday’s co-headliner, we must come harshly in disclaiming that Henderson is far from the man he once was. Outside of finishing Mauricio “Shogun” Rua last year, the former Strikeforce light-heavyweight champion has been in a bit of a rut, though Mousasi certainly hasn’t exactly had what one would call a “career resurgence” either. Simply put, both men have a lot of questions to answer when they do battle, and if Henderson doesn’t prevail, he may find himself contemplating the bitter end of the “retirement” question.

 

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Dale De Souza
Staff Writer

Dale De Souza is a 22-year-old kid straight out of Texas, who grew up around Professional Wrestling but embraced the beauty of Mixed Martial Arts and Combat Sports at a young age. Dale is a Featured Columnist at Bleacher Report MMA, a writer at The MMA Corner.