UFC Close to Signing Jon Olav Einemo

By Ariel Helwani

SYDNEY — A new (and old) heavyweight prospect is on the verge of signing with the UFC.

Former Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC) champion Jon Olav Einemo (7-1) is in serious contract talks with the UFC and the organization is hopeful that they will be able to come to terms with the 35-year-old Norwegian very soon, UFC officials informed MMA Fighting on Friday.

Einemo made his MMA debut in 2000 and won his first five fights in a row in the first round. He lost his first fight to Fabricio Werdum at PRIDE 31 in 2006. After defeating James Thompson later that year, Einemo abruptly left MMA. However, he returned in June 2010 to defeat Kresimir Bogdanovic in Bosnia.

The Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, who is a part of Team Golden Glory, is the only man to defeat multiple-time BJJ champion Roger Gracie in the ADCC tournament. He went on to finish first after beating Gracie in the semi-finals of the 88-98 kg weight division.


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