The Viking Country Welcomes the New-Age of Warriors at UFC Copenhagen
By James Lee
Over a 1000 years ago, the Danish vikings began venturing from Scandanivia, all across the continent in an attempt to conquer and trade with the biggest colonies.
Copenhagen especially became a port for the warriors to set off on their journey for gold and glory. Their fighting and impact showcased the Danish spirit that is still relevant.
Now in the modern day, a new set of Danish and European warriors are set to make their mark in the biggest fighting promotion in the current day on September 28th.
But this time, they don’t need to travel anywhere. The UFC are debuting in Copenhagen at the Royal Arena this Saturday.
Two Danish fighters are scheduled to compete on the card to represent the Danish fighting spirit.
Native Nicolas Dalby will open the main card as he looks for a successful return to the UFC against veteran Alex Oliveira. Dalby was released by the UFC in 2016 but has made his way back to the sport’s best after an impressive run in Cage Warriors that saw him pick up the interim welterweight championship.
A great fight is expected between the pair who always bring excitement regardless of the result. This fight should be no different.
Olympic silver medallist and Danish hero Mark Madsen will make his UFC debut on the card as the second native after going unbeaten in his professional career to date. Having Madsen on the card was vital for the UFC’s debut in Copenhagen.
He was just one of fifteen Danish athletes that picked up a medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics, but more specifically, he became the first Danish wrestler to ever win a medal at the Olympic Games after eight decades of trying.
He competed in three different Olympics for his country and his profile is high within the country, which has provided him a co main event spot on his UFC debut. A win over his opponent Danillo Belluardo could be the start of a new lightweight prospect emerging.
A flood of Scandanvian talent will also represent themselves on the card with Norweigan fighter Jack Hermansson headlining the entire event, in an important title contender fight against Jared Cannonier.
After Hermansson beat top contender Jacare Souza on short notice in April, his stock in the middleweight division has increased and an emphatic win over his American opponent could push him to fight the winner of the UFC 243 main event for the 185 lbs title.
Additionally, Swedish fighter Lina Lansberg will be involved in arguably the biggest fight of her career to date against undefeated, rising fighter Macy Chiasson. Her US opponent has been tipped to be a title challenger in the future so Lansberg stopping that momentum close to her home would be a huge statement.
Icelandic and UFC veteran Gunnar Nelson is set for an all or nothing bout on the main card when he fights late replacement Gilbert Burns. A win could see him regain his welterweight ranking spot but a loss might see him drop far down in the UFC hierarchy.
Multiple European fighters throughout the card will represent their flag in Copenhagen as well. One notable name is the UFC debut of former Cage Warriors bantamweight champion Jack Shore, who has a lot of hype and support behind him going into the fight. Polish fighter Michal Oleksiejczuk will look to earn his third straight UFC finish as well when he faces Ovince Saint Preux.
The viking’s had little protection from attack. As they believed Odin, the god of war, had blessed them with superhuman powers so they didn’t need to wear a lot of armour. Just their sword and a shield. The martial arts fighters today have just their arms and legs to attack and defend with. Different but the fighting spirit is the same.
Ultimately, UFC Copenhagen marks the first time the organisation will grace Denmark. A fighting country for over a thousand years that will witness the newest age of warriors compete in the capital this Saturday.