THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER 6 finalist Tommy Speer will make his Cage Warriors debut next month when he tackles Mats Nilsson in a middleweight bout at Fight Night 3 in Lebanon, Beirut on February 11.
Speer (19-5-0), who fights out of Fiore MMA in Illinois, has fought twice in the UFC but was released by the organisation following his 2008 defeat to Anthony Johnson. The 27-year-old Minnesota native lost to Mac Danzig in the TUF 6 finale but is currently on a four-fight win streak stretching back to May 2010.
Hailing from Helsingborg in Sweden, Nilsson (7-1-1) is unbeaten in his last three outings and picked up impressive wins in 2011 against Nikos Sokolis and M-1 veteran Gregor Herb. The 28-year-old has also beaten fellow Swede Magnus Cedenblad, who signed with the UFC earlier this month.
“The Cage Warriors team spent a long time looking for a worthy opponent for Tommy Speer and I feel Mats Nilsson has the credentials to test him,” said CWFC matchmaker Ian Dean.
“He was in Thailand training when he accepted the fight and I’m really pleased to have secured another high-level European fighter for Fight Night 3. I think this bout is a superb addition to a card which already features several talented European fighters facing opposition from the US.”