On Saturday October 4, the UFC will hold UFC Fight Night 53: Nelson vs. Story from the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweeden.

In the night’s main event Gunnar Nelson is getting a main event showcase against Rick Story. Nelson is the closest thing that the UFC will see to a welterweight Fedor. Nelson is undefeated in fourteen professional bouts. His four bouts in the UFC have been stellar he has three submission wins in those four fights and most recently dominated the bigger Zak Cummings before choking him out in the second. Story was Nelson’s toughest test to date. Story is a veteran of sixteen UFC bouts and has always been known for his toughness. Story is even the only other man to defeat Johnny Hendricks other than Georges St. Pierre. Lately Story has been alternating wins and losses and is coming off of an arm triangle choke victory in July.

In the night’s co-main event Akira Corassani looked to score a big victory in his home country. Corassani was originally slated to face Chan Sung Jung, but due to an injury he faced Max Holloway. Corassani was looking to rebound after a TKO loss to Dustin Porier. Prior to that bout the Swede had won three straight fights. Holloway is still one of the younger fighters under contract with the promotion, but at this point he has become a veteran. Holloway has won three straight bouts via finish since dropping a decision to Conor McGregor last year.

Ilir Latifi and Niklas Backstrom also got their chance to showcase their skills on the main card. The main card aired at 3 p.m. ET on UFC Fight Pass. Seven preliminary bouts were also streamed on UFC Fight Pass at 12:10 p.m. ET.

Rick Story def. Gunnar Nelson via Split Decision (47-48, 49-46, 50-44)

Max Holloway def. Akira Corassani via TKO (punches) at 3:11 of the first round

Jan Blachowicz def. Ilir Latifi via TKO (punches) at 1:58 of the first round

Niklas Backstrom vs. Mike Wilkinson def. Niklas Backstrom via KO (punches) at 1:19 of the first round

Magnus Cedenbland def. Scott Askham via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Nico Musoke def. Alexander Yakovlev via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Denis Siver def. Charles Rose via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Cathal Pendred def. Gasan Umalatov via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Krzyzstoff Jotko def. Tor Troeng via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-27)

Maribek Taisumov def. Marcin Bandel via TKO (punches) at 1:01 of the first round

Zubaira Tukhugov def. Ernest Chavez via TKO (punches) at 4:21 of the first round

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Trey Downey
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A Central Florida native, Trey Downey's interest in MMA came after a trip to Blockbuster and the rental of UFC 47 on VHS. He has been blogging about the sport since 2011 and hosted a podcast called The TD Experience focusing on football and MMA (touchdowns and takedowns). Trey studied radio and television at the University of Central Florida and will soon be attending the Connecticut School of Broadcasting. Trey enjoys watching sports, pro wrestling and is an avid runner.