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.
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!