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The UFC have unveiled three new upcoming ‘Fight Night’ events in Europe as part of their schedule for the second half of 2017.

First up will be a return trip to Glasgow, Scotland on July 16th at the SSE Arena. The promotion’s first visit to the country took place in 2015, with Michael Bisping defeating Thales Leites in the main event of the evening that night.

Next on the European schedule will be another ‘Fight Night’ show in Rotterdam, Holland on September 2nd. It was just last year that the promotion made their first stopover in the city with Alistair Overeem Vs Andrei Arlovski taking headline duties on that occasion.

Finally, Gdansk, Poland has been targeted for a show on October 21st, the first in the country since Mirko ‘Cro Cop’ Vs Gabriel Gonzaga II fronted an event in Krakow in 2015.

“Europe remains an incredibly important market for our business and has been key to the international growth we’ve seen in recent years,” Senior vice president of UFC international and content, Joe Carr said. “It was only right that we committed to delivering these three 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. Returning to Poland made complete sense when you consider the fan following we have and level of talent our roster of athletes continues to showcase.

“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.”

In total the UFC now has five events taking place in Europe in 2017, with the first, UFC Fight Night 107, scheduled for this very weekend in London, England, while Sweden will also be paid a visit on May 28th.

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