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Outstanding Year Continues with Action-Packed April

Consider last week and this one to be the UFC equivalent of Spring Break.Not the wild and crazy, “We‘re going to Cabo!” Spring Break that served as the backdrop for so many MTV specials, bad teen comedies, and even worse slasher flicks, but the Spring Break where you went back home, and were handed a list of tasks to complete while you pressed pause on your scholastic pursuits.After all, the inside of the garage isn‘t going to paint itself, is it Spencer?After rattling off seven events through the first 11 weeks of 2013, the UFC has hit a two week stretch without an event, freeing loyal and dedicated fight fans up to do any number of things with their Saturday night. If you‘re like me and have watched all 11 of those events from start to finish, may I suggest doing something nice for the significant other in your life?Don‘t think of it strictly as making up for being zoned out watching fights for seven of the last 11 Saturdays, though; this is also a pre-emptive strike, because once April arrives, there is a very good chance you‘ll return to that aforementioned state, as every Saturday in the month ahead comes complete with its own fight card, and they‘re all excellent.Here‘s a look at what‘s on deck for the UFC‘s action-packed April.UFC SWEDEN 2013 ”“ STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN ”“ APRIL 6For the second consecutive year, the UFC makes an April appearance at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden for an event that will air live on FUEL TV.Also returning for the second consecutive year is Swedish light heavyweight contender Alexander Gustafsson. The 26-year-old will once again be the last man to walk to the cage, as “The Mauler” puts his six-fight winning streak on the line against former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi in the main event.Although Lyoto Machida appears to have the inside track on the next shot at championship gold in the 205-pound ranks, the winner of this fight will certainly be able to make a strong case for deserving a crack at the belt as well. Mousasi has lost just once in the last six-plus years, and upending the local favorite in his UFC debut would make him an instant contender, while a victory for Gustafsson will leave him without any logical next step other than a title shot.In the co-main event, second-generation UFC competitor Ryan Couture makes his debut in the Octagon, stepping into a tough bout with former Ultimate Fighter winner Ross Pearson.Two other fights to watch for on this event are the top-10 bantamweight matchup between Brad Pickett and Mike Easton, both of whom are coming off tough losses and are looking to re-establish themselves in the divisional title picture, and the featherweight scrap pitting Marcus Brimage against UFC newcomer Conor McGregor. Brimage has gone a perfect 3-0 since his time on Season 14 of The Ultimate Fighter, and has knocked off prospects Jimy Hettes and Maximo Blanco in his last two outings, while McGregor, a two-division champion in the UK‘s Cage Warriors organization, enters on an eight-fight winning streak with a steady amount of hype behind him.THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER 17 FINALE ”“ LAS VEGAS, NEVADA ”“ APRIL 13After a shoulder injury forced flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson to the sidelines, bantamweights Urijah Faber and Scott Jorgensen have been tabbed to headline this year‘s TUF Finale at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.It‘s an intriguing matchup that pits good friends against one another, with a chance to move one step closer to title contention going to the winner. Faber, coming off his UFC 157 victory over Ivan Menjivar, actually helped get Jorgensen involved in MMA following his days as a standout wrestler at Boise State University, but that won‘t stop the duo from duking it out inside the Octagon.This season‘s finale will also provide us with one of next season‘s coaches as well, as Miesha Tate and Cat Zingano square off in the second women‘s bantamweight contest to be contested in the UFC, and there is a lot at stake. UFC President Dana White announced recently that not only will the winner of this bout be the next to challenge Ronda Rousey for her women‘s bantamweight title, but they‘ll also coach opposite the unbeaten champion on the first co-ed season of The Ultimate Fighter later this year.Add in the TUF 17 middleweight finale and a bout between hungry heavyweights Travis Browne and Gabriel Gonzaga, and you‘ve got a four-fight collection that should produce some can‘t miss moments.UFC ON FOX 7 ”“ SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA ”“ APRIL 20While the top three fights on this card could earn the event the “UFC vs. Strikeforce” tag, an equally appropriate way to characterize this card is “stacked.” From top to bottom, this might be the most impressive collection of fights the UFC has delivered this year.The main event features a “Champion vs. Champion” pairing in the lightweight division, as Benson Henderson welcomes Gilbert Melendez to the UFC in a battle to…

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