Anton Kuivanen and Justin Salas have been announced for action at UFC on FUEL 1, an event taking place February 15 from the Omaha Civic Auditorium in Omaha, Nebraska. The bout will mark the UFC debut for both men.
News of the their match-up has been confirmed by the UFC.
Kuivanen was originally scheduled to meet C.J. Keith, but Keith was pulled after an incident involving his father’s house burning down. No one was injured, but Keith and his management team decided now was not the time for him to make his debut. The 27-year old native of Finland is 16-4 and has won his last nine fights.
Comparably, Salas (9-3) scored a victory over Joe Ellenberger in his most recent match, his fifth straight win. The Grudge MMA competitor also holds a notable victory over Rob Emerson from this past January where a large portion of his foot split apart due to the mixture of a hot canvas (due to lighting) and callouses.
The evening’s headliner pits Jake Ellenberger against Diego Sanchez with heavyweights Stefan Struve and Dave Herman meeting in the co-main event. Kuivanen vs. Salas is slated for the prelimiary portion of the card which will stream live through Facebook.
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