Kenneth Bergh was all set to debut in the UFC, right up until he wasn’t. Now, he’ll try to win his way into a second chance with the world’s largest MMA promotion.
Sources have confirmed to Cageside Press that Bergh (8-0-1) will face Matheus Scheffel (14-6) on Dana White’s Contender Series on October 6. Thus far, only one other bout has been reported for that DWCS date, which will be week ten of the current season. That bout sees Chelsea Hackett take on Jamey-Lyn Horth Wessels in a women’s flyweight fight.
Bergh had been set to debut for the UFC proper on Fight Island on July 15, part of the Calvin Kattar vs. Dan Ige card. However, the Norwegian fighter never made it to the scales for the bout, reportedly encountering difficulties with his weight cut.
“Ymir” was ruled unable to continue his cutting weight, resulting in his bout with Jorge Gonzalez being scratched (Gonzalez himself was later booked against Ike Villanueva, however Gonzalez would eventually withdraw from the fight).
Brazil’s Scheffel is currently the Future FC light heavyweight champion. Fighting out of Curitiba, Scheffel is 6-1 across his past seven fights. Two of his early career losses came to Klidson Abreu and John Allan, both of whom would go on to join the UFC.
Assuming there are no hiccups between now and October, Bergh will hope to win his way back to the UFC, while Scheffel will look to join other Brazilian light heavyweights like Glover Teixeira and Johnny Walker in a wide-open 205lb weight class.