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Former K-1 Fighter Jorgen Kruth: UFC-Bound

  • Written by Dave Walsh

In a bit of a strange news tidbit, K-1 veteran Jorgen Kurth has apparently been added to the UFC's roster. Jorgen Kruth is very well-known Swedish Kickboxer and MMA fighter who serves as one of Sweden's biggest draws. This can be witnessed by the Rumble of the Kings events where Jorgen Kruth is the featured attraction for the promotion. The Rumble of the Kings shows are wildly popular and always draw a lot of international attention as well as local success, as is evident from this last event in November.

Jorgen Kruth has been a bit out of the mix when it comes to Kickboxing of late, with his last competitive kickboxing bout being in 2007 against Freddy Kemayo. But the truth is, Kruth is 37 now and is collecting nice paychecks for fighting lesser competition within Sweden. His MMA record is just 5-0, accumulating those wins from 2009 until present. The UFC scooping up Jorgen Kruth is not a surprise in tactics, as whenever they enter a new market they seem to sign as many local fighters as they possibly can to help sell tickets. Whomever did UFC's scouting in Sweden chose well in Kruth.

His opponent is 38-year old French Kickboxer Cyrille Diabate on April 18th, making for a rather good clash of similar styles for both men and will probably see a decent stand up battle from both men. The real question is if Kruth will be kept around in the case of a loss or if Kruth will be kept around for future cards in Sweden or Europe. [source]

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