by Al Yu – MMAWeekly.com
Brazilian Top Team’s David Bielkheden has signed a multi-fight contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. The “Scandinavian Lion” will face Diego Sanchez at UFC 82 in Columbus, Ohio.
The confirmation comes just days after Sanchez also said that he had accepted the fight in an exclusive interview with MMAWeekly.com.
“My contract is a four fight deal. I found out that I was fighting Diego last Tuesday evening,” said Bielkheden.
Sanchez has enjoyed success in the UFC since winning the inaugural season of The Ultimate Fighter. After compiling seven octagon victories, he is currently coming off two consecutive losses to Josh Koscheck and Jon Fitch.
“To be honest, I have only seen maybe a couple of his fights,” commented the Shooto European Champion. “He is a good fighter and pushes the pace like I do so it’s going be a good fight for the fans.”
Bielkheden, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Rikard Anderson, is expected to leave for Brazil soon to train with his teammates. Former UFC Champion Murilo Bustamante, Luiz “Buscape” Firmino, Milton Viera and other Brazilian Top Team members will help him prepare for his Octagon debut.
“My training is going well. I will leave for Brazil this Wednesday to train with my team.
They did not give me much time to prepare, but I have already fought two times in the last four weeks and my last fight was only twelve days ago. I am in shape.”
Having fought in Pride Fighting Championships, Bielkheden will now have the opportunity to make an impact in the largest mixed martial arts organization in the U.S. A win over Sanchez would give him instant name recognition.
“I have fought on the biggest stage in Japan and now I will fight on the biggest stage in the U.S. It feels great,” said the Swedish born fighter. “I have fought in the U.S. once before and I have always had a good feeling about fighting in the U.S.
“To the fans, thank you for all of your support and don’t miss this fight! I also would like to thank my sponsors Flygpoolen, WNT, Best Poker, Asken Finans and Superiorwear.”