Both are new markets for the world’s largest mixed martial arts (MMA) organisation as the company continues to demonstrate growth in the EMEA market.
Both Croatia and The Netherlands havea strong link to combat sports with K1 in The Netherlands providing many top Dutch mixed martial arts athletes such as Alistair Overeem, GegardMousasi and Stefan Struve with their start in the sport. Croatia alike is home to one of the most legendary mixed martial artists of all time,recently retired MikroCro Cop,who has seen success in PRIDE, K1 and UFC, buildingcombat sports in Croatia with his accomplishments.
Croatian no.2 ranked heavyweight Stipe Miocic put on a dominant performance over former heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski at UFC® 195: LAWLER vs CONDIT on January 2, he commented,“It would be a dream if I was able to fight in Croatia, I travelled there for the first time in 2015 to train with MirkoCro Cop and it was a great experience just to see the country and spend some time there with my family. I don’t know what the UFC has in store for me now but I’ll definitely be back in Croatia one way or another.”
“It is truly a testimony to the growth of the UFC brand to be breaking into two new markets in Europe in the first half of 2016,” commented James Elliott, UFC EMEA General Manager and Vice President, “The fans have been demanding local live events and we will not disappoint with two compelling shows.”
Miroslav Stanec, Project Manager at Zagreb Arena added, “Croatia is a sports nation and we are more than thrilled that we will host such a spectacular fighting organisation like UFC. Not just because of the beauty of the sport, but because UFC promotes health, will to succeed and the way of life. I am very excited that Arena Zagreb will be the first venue in region to hold an event and will enter UFC history.”
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