UFC veteran Niklas Backstrom returns to MMA after 4.5 years at KSW 66

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Three-time UFC veteran Niklas Backstrom is set to return to MMA competition for the first time in more than four years.

Backstrom (11-3), who has not fought since July 2017, will end his hiatus from the sport at KSW 66 on January 15 when he faces Sebastian Rajewski (11-6).

MMA Junkie verified the reservation with someone familiar with the situation.

KSW 66 takes place at Netto Arena in Szczecin, Poland and is broadcast live on the promotion website.

Backstrom, 32, lost two of three fights in a brief tenure at the UFC that lasted less than 13 months. The Swede enjoyed a three-game winning streak after leaving the organization, before suffering a unanimous decision loss to Andrew Fisher at ACB 65. After that, he took a long outing from the sport.

Rajewski, 29, who, after a 4-5 start with his MMA coach, has won seven of his last eight fights.

The Polish Rajewski will share the fight card with his older brother Lukasz Rajewski (11-6), who has no opponent announced at the moment.

The latest KSW 66 range includes:

BATTLE CARD (KSWTV.com, 1 p.m. ET)

  • Marian Ziolkowski vs. Borys Mankowski
  • Tomasz Narkun vs. Ibragim Chuzhigaev
  • Michal Materla against his opponent TBD
  • Krystian Kaszubowski vs. Tomasz Romanowski
  • Gracjan Szadzinski against the opponent TBD
  • Wojciech Janusz against his opponent TBD
  • David Martinik vs. Patryk Surdyn
  • Niklas Backstrom vs. Sebastian Rajewski
  • Lukasz Rajewski against the opponent TBD

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