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UFC to make inaugural visits to Scotland, Poland as new European dates set

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Looks like the UFC will be breaking new ground in Europe in 2015.

During a press conference from Stockholm, Sweden -- which featured on-stage appearances by Scotish fighter Joanne Calderwood, Poland's Jan Blachowicz and Germany's Nick Hein -- the UFC announced three new European dates.

The UFC will make its inaugural visit to Krakow, Poland, on April 11. It will also return to Berlin, Germany, to the O2 Arena on June 20. The Octagon will also visit Scotland for the first time on July 18. That show will take place at the Hydro SSE Hydro Arena, which has a seating configuration to hold 13,000 people.

The fighters on the stage representing the countries in question were already lobbying to fight on their native soil.

"I'd be pissed if I wasn't on the card," said Calderwood, who competed on The Ultimate Fighter 20 as a strawweight. "I offered to pick up [matchmaker] Sean Shelby from the airport [in Glasgow], but he wasn't for having it. But yeah, I'd be pissed if I wasn't on the card so please, please let me be on the card."

David Allen, the UFC's Senior Vice President and General Manager of Europe, Middle East and Africa, also said that more dates would be announced in Europe in weeks to come.

"We're announcing these three events, but there's still a work in progress on a number of arenas in another couple of countries, so we will come with breaking news later," Allen said.

"This will be four fight nights which we've confirmed. We're looking to make that six, and possible eight fight [events], so we have a full calendar right throughout the year."