Nicolas Dalby returning to UFC, will fight at UFC Copenhagen

Three years after being released by the promotion, Nicolas Dalby (17-3-1) has found his way back into the UFC.

After his impressive yet brutal fight against Ross Houston at Cage Warriors 106, Dalby has been given the chance to return to the UFC and fight in his home country at UFC Copenhagen. The opponent is yet to be determined, but the Dutch fighter described his excitement to be back in an emotional Instagram post.

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This is how we looked just after I was told that not only did I get re-signed to @UFC @UFCEurope but that I would also be fighting at #UFCCopenhagen. Besides the obvious happiness from getting that message there’s more to this moment than you might think. As many of you know I’ve had struggles with depression and because of that a lot of drinking. This affected many people in my life but -especially- my fiancé. So 1,5y ago when I decided to not only ‘just’ deal with my depression, but also chose to take up fighting again we found out we were pregnant AND I got fired from my job and suddenly had to find a new one in the middle of fight camp, I knew it was a monumental hurdle WE had to overcome. Besides the double-whammy of getting ready for a fight while already fighting depression we also had to fix the major issues we had in our relationship because of my actions… While also dealing with the fact that we were about to become parents. (Talk about pressure!). To those who don’t know: fighting is not an individual sport even though it could seem like it. Besides training at the right gym and having the right trainers it’s especially important to have a safe haven at home where you can relax and gather energy/focus in between work and training. Somehow we managed to navigate through all above obstacles while my fiancé also found the energy to help me by cooking healthy meals when I was too tired, giving me a shoulder to cry on and picking me up when I had critical moments of self doubt and generally just provided me with all the love and comfort I needed to perform in the gym and the cage. So getting re-signed means that not was the economic gamble worth it(lost more money that I’ve earned the last year) it also meant that the insane effort WE put into this as a team paid off. To me/us it wasn’t just an acknowledgement of how I’ve performed in the cage but also a of how well we overcame adversity together and worked towards this monumental goal it was 1,5y ago. Being able to sign the fight agreement sent to me tonight is something I would not be doing if it wasn’t for my best friend, the woman of my life, my baby-mama, my queen, my everything. I love you always! ❤️

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Dalby’s fight against Ross Houston was forced to be stopped midway through the third round after referee Marc Goddard determined there was “too much blood” on the floor of the cage, causing a slippery and unsafe surface for the fighters. The bout was ruled a no-contest.

Despite initially entering the UFC in 2015 with an impressive 13-0 record, Dalby went just 1-2-1 in the promotion. He was released after his 2016 decision loss to Peter Sobotta. His one draw with the UFC came against eventual title-challenger Darren Till, however, showing the Dutchman’s potential.

After being released, Dalby returned to Cage Warriors, where he was able to capture welterweight gold. He was on a three-fight winning streak until his no-contest against Ross Houston. Given the circumstances of that fight, many had hoped that both Houston and Dalby would be given a rematch in the UFC, but there is currently no word of Houston being given a contract.

Would you like to see Nicolas Dalby and Ross Houston run back their epic fight? Will Houston get a UFC contract in the near future? Let us know in the comments!

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