[ads2]UFC on FUEL TV 9 takes place today at Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, and is headlined with a light heavyweight match-up between former Strikeforce 205-pound champ Gegard Mousasi 33-3-2) and Sweden’s own Ilir Latifi (7-2).
UFC on FUEL TV 9′s main card will broadcast LIVE on Fuel TV Saturday, April 6, starting at 2 p.m. ET (11 a.m. PT). Preliminary card action will stream LIVE on Facebook.com/UFC starting at 10:50 a.m. ET (7:50 a.m. PT). Join us here at ProMMAnow.com for LIVE results and play-by-play commentary of all the action.
Immediately following today’s UFC on FUEL TV 9 broadcast you can catch the post-fight press conference LIVE stream (and on-demand video replay) on ProMMAnow.com: UFC Live Stream: UFC on FUEL TV 9 post-fight press conference.
UFC on FUEL TV 9 quick results:
MAIN CARD (FUEL TV, 2 p.m. ET)
- Gegard Mousasi def. Ilir Latifi by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Ross Pearson def. Ryan Couture by TKO (strikes) Rd 2 (3:45)
- Matt Mitrione def. Phil De Fries by knockout (strikes) Rd 1 (:19)
- Brad Pickett def. Mike Easton by split decision (28-29, 30-27, 30-27)
- Diego Brandao def. Pablo Garza by submission (arm triangle choke) Rd 1 (3:27)
- Akira Corassani def. Robbie Peralta by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 10:30 a.m. ET)
- Reza Madadi def. Michael Johnson by submission (Anaconda Choke) Rd 3 (1:33)
- Tor Troeng def. Adam Cella by submission (rear-naked choke) Rd 1 (3:11)
- Adlan Amagov def. Chris Spang by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Conor McGregor def. Marcus Brimage by TKO (punches) Rd (1:07)
- Ryan LaFlare def. Ben Alloway by unanimous decisio (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Tom Lawlor def. Michael Kuiper by submission (guillotine choke) Rd 2 (1:05)
- Papy Abedi def. Besam Yousef by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
UFC on FUEL TV 9 play-by-play:
Preliminary card standouts:
After suffering adversity in round one including what appeared to be a knee injury due to a judo throw from Michael Kuiper, Tom Lawlor was able to counter the attack of Kuiper in round two by jumping on a fight-ending guillotine.
Conor McGregor could win KO of the Night for his first round TKO win over Marcus Brimage. Brimage came out fast and furious throwing heat, but McGregor stayed calm and used his exceptional boxing combinations to stop Brimage in just over a minute.
Adlan Amagov had a body lock on Chris Spang from the back and was landing head kicks. Never seen that in my life. Amagov threw a large variety of techniques and showed a really great well-rounded game. Keep an eye on Amagov.
After nearly getting knocked unconscious in round one with a head kick, Reza Madadi rallied, used his wrestling and ground game and ultimately submitted Michael Johnson in round three. Awesome comeback win.
Akira Corassani vs. Robbie Peralta
Round 1 – Leg kick from Akira inside. Leg kick from Peralta, counter right hand from Akira. Overhand right from Akira, followed by a leg kick. Nice leg kick from Akira. Using great footwork. One two from Peralta. Inside leg kick, right hand from Akira. Looking like Frankie Edgar in there with his movement. One two from Peralta. Right counter, clinch, couple knees from Peralta. Body kick from Akira, Peralta catches it and lands a counter knee. Overhand right from Akira stuns Peralta. Left hand from Peralta. Inside leg kick from Akira, right counter lands. Overhand right from Akira. Uppercut from Peralta. Leg kick Akira. Akira shoots, stuffed. Akira turns him to the cage, clinched. Peralta with a knee. Akira with same. Right hand from Peralta as he backs up, punch exchange before the bell. PMN sees it 10-9 for Akira.
Round 2 – Leg kick from Peralta, Akira catches it and gives a counter right. They trade leg kicks. Two more from Akira. Peralta with a body kick, Akira catches it and lands a counter right. Big right to the body from Peralta, he shoots in. Akira defends it. Peralta presses him to the cage. Thai plum and knees from Akira. Peralta backs him off with punches. Leg kick inside from Akira. Again. Right from Peralta. They trade big left hands. Peralta rocks Akira with a big punch, wobbles, he rushes in for the finish as it goes to the ground but Akira gets back to his feet, clinched against the cage. They trade knees. 1:30 to go. Akira drops down for a single, switches to a double but Peralta stands firm. Akira backs up and lands a huge overhand right that lands behind the ear and rocks Peralta. A big left from Akira, leg kick. Leg kick from Peralta before the bell. Great round. PMN sees it 10-9 for Akira.
Round 3 – Touch gloves. Right counter from Peralta, left uppercut, spinning backfist. Akira comes forward, leg kick. Leg kick from Peralta. Overhand right. Right to the body. Clinch, takedown from Akira, inside full guard. Peralta looking for a kimura. Lets it go and gets to his feet. Body lock takedown from Akira but Peralta gets up only to get immediately tripped back to the ground. Akira hanging on with top control in half guard. Peralta using a half butterfly guard with his head against the cage. He gets up as Akira holds a body lock from behind. Peralta turns around, lands a short elbow. Two knees from Peralta as he presses Akira to the cage. Akira turns him around, Peralta turns him around, lands a few knees to the thigh. Knee from Akira. Nice left hands in the clinch from Peralta. Akira’s head bleeding, likely from a headbutt. They struggle in the clinch, knee to the face from Peralta but slips to his back. Akira on top in half guard. PMN sees it 10-9 for Akira and 30-27 for Akira. Akira said after the fight that Peralta is his idol because he works a full time job, has two kids and is fighting in the UFC.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Akira Corassani def. Robbie Peralta by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Diego Brandao vs. Pablo Garza
Round 1 – Leg kick from Brandao. Again. High kick from Garza blocked. Leg kick from Brandao. Right hand from Brandao. Leg kick, right from Garza. Overhand right from Brandao. Right from Brandao, knee from Garza. Big slam from Brandao over the taller Garza. Body shots from the top by Brandao. Brandao in half guard holding the neck of Garza. Passes to side mount. Tries to mount, locks up an arm triangle and hops over Garza to the other side. Garza taps. Very very very impressive from this cold calculated killer.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Diego Brandao def. Pablo Garza by submission (arm triangle choke) Rd 1 (3:27)
Brad Pickett vs. Mike Easton
Round 1 – Interesting to note that Lloyd Irvin is NOT in Easton’s corner. Bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz is, however. Leg kick from Pickett, side kick Easton. Leg kick Pickett. Leg kick Easton, left hook Pickett, jab. Right from Easton, leg kick Pickett. Leg kick Easton. Easton shoots, Pickett defends as Easton gets a body lock and presses Pickett to the cage. Dirty boxing from Easton, with shots to the body and head. They trade knees. Knees to the thigh from Easton, trips Pickett as he postures up with one hand and prevents the takedown. Nice big elbows from Pickett and he turns Easton to the cage, knee from Easton. Pickett backs out. Leg kick Pickett, he’s looking for the uppercut. Left hand, head kick from Easton. Oblique kick from Easton. Pickett shoots, stuffed, takes a knee. Nick kick from Easton. Pickett fires off a one two. Left right from Easton. Leg kick from Pickett, Easton shoots under a punch and gets the takedown. He’s looking much improved in this fight. Pickett gets to his feet. They trade punches and Pickett shoots, gets the big slam. Trying to hold Easton there but is unable, did no damage. Pickett drags him down right before the bell, however, I’ve got Easton winning the round 10-9.
Round 2 – Overhand right from Easton. Leg kick. Easton shoots, stuffed, lands a knee. Overhand right from Pickett. Head kick from Easton, blocked. Pickett shoots, throws Pickett aside. Thai plum, sweep from Easton. Showing great strength. Leg kick from Easton. Body punch from Pickett. Left hook from Easton. Front kick. Nice stiff jab from Pickett. Right hand from Easton, Pickett gets the takedown but Easton immediately pops up. You don’t even see Easton hardly ever getting taken down. So it’s not surprising he can’t be held there. Pickett with a body lock, slam, but Easton pops right up again. Clinched against the cage, knee to face from Easton. Pickett fires off some punches and Easton puts him on his back with 1:30 left in the round. Easton passes to half guard. Looking for a kimura. Pickett gets to his feet. Front kick Easton. Jab from Pickett, he shoots, stuffed. Right from Easton, backs him up, right left, drops levels with half a minute to go. They trade big combinations in close quarters with each man landing big shots, including a couple nice elbows from Pickett. Exciting close round, I’ll give the edge to Pickett although it could easily go either way.
Round 3 – Left hook, side kick from Easton. Spinning back kick from Easton. Knee to body from Easton. Body lock takedown from Easton, goes for mount but Pickett reverses and ends up inside Easton’s full guard. Body shots from Pickett, small hammerfists to the head. Small elbows from Pickett. Pickett moves to half guard. Not sure why Easton is trying to play this bottom game. His corner is yelling at him to get up. He gets to his knees and feet. Body lock from behind, big slam from Pickett. Easton gets to his knees as Pickett looks for a guillotine, Easton escapes. Pickett holding his neck right now as Easton is on all fours. Easton stands and they get back to the boxing with under a minute to go. Knee from Pickett as Easton shoots in. Nice right from Easton, one two. Right hand, and they slug it out until the bell. PMN sees the round 10-9 and 29-28 for Pickett. Fight of the night so far.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Brad Pickett def. Mike Easton by split decision (28-29, 30-27, 30-27)
Matt Mitrione vs. Philip De Fries
Round 1 – De Fries shoots, stuffed. Tries to shoot again and Mitrione stuffs it, pushes him over to his back and lands several quick punches that knock De Fries unconscious. Almost too easy. Either De Fries has almost no beard or Mitrione has huge power, because the punches didn’t even look that big.
Mitrione uses Chris Lytle to translate his quick speaking English to regular speed English for his post-fight interview. He also says he brought a fat buddy with him and if anyone slaps him in the mouth they’ll win a free beer.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Matt Mitrione def. Phil De Fries by knockout (strikes) Rd 1 (:19)
Ryan Couture vs. Ross Pearson
Round 1 – Couture circles on the outside, shoots, stuffed after not setting it up. Couture presses Pearson to the cage, over-under, knees to thighs. Prototypical Couture fighting here. Knees to body and thighs from Couture. Drops levels for a double but Pearson defends. More knees from Couture, throws a right, drops levels and finally gets Pearson down but he pops right up. Thai plum and knee misses by Couture, he backs up. They square up. Couture circles. Side kick to knee. Head kick from Pearson blocked. Front kick from Couture. Jab from Couture. Spinning back kick to the body from Couture. Good footwork from Couture. Hopping knee from Pearson connects to the noggin as Couture shoots in. Knee to body, left hand from Pearson backs Couture up. Front kick from Couture. Left from Pearson. PMN sees it 10-9 for Pearson. Close.
Round 2 – Left hand from Pearson. Right hook Pearson. Body kick from Couture. Pearson hunting. Right from Couture, left hook from Pearson. Couture clinches him up against the cage. Body shots from Pearson. Nice knee and right hand from Couture, front kick to the body. He backs up. Side kick to the body. Right to the body, right to the face as Couture retreats. Left hand from Pearson. Couture shoots, stuffed, lands a knee to the body before retreating. Nice movement, right hand from Couture. Leg kick, jab. Left hook from Pearson. Body shot from Pearson. Pearson catches a leg and dumps Couture to the ground. As he gets up Pearson lands a huge body kick followed up by big punches. Couture retreats and circles to his right just in time to meet the powerful left hook of Pearson that lands on the chin and drops Couture hard. Pearson follows up with heavy shots and the ref stops it. This was a huge fight for Couture, absolutely the biggest and toughest of his career and some maybe thought this was a little too early in his career to fight someone like Pearson. Not to mention it was his UFC debut and a co-main event. Hopefully Ryan can learn from this and come back stronger. One thing that was noticeable was the thickness, the size difference that Pearson had. Peason did say before the fight he thought Couture was out of his league here and there may have been some truth there. May have been too soon.
Pearson said afterward he thinks he broke his foot warming up in the back before the fight.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Ross Pearson def. Ryan Couture by TKO (strikes) Rd 2 (3:45)
Gegard Mousasi vs. Ilir Latifi
Latifi took this fight on Tuesday! How sick is that? Latifi walks out to the Rocky theme. Very appropriate. It’s very rare to see two fighters making their UFC debuts in the main event. For Mousasi, well, he deserves it. As for Latifi, well, he got a huge opportunity. Can he take advantage of it?
Round 1 – Leg kick Mousasi. Jab, stuffs a takedown look. Mousasi with a low stance expecting the shot. Big leg kick. Mousasi using feints to get Latifi to react. Latifi shoots, stuffed, Mousasi presses him to the cage. Latifi with a right on the break. Left from Latifi. Mousasi’s hands are low. Leg kick from Mousasi. Nice left jab, straight right, leg kick. Quick jab. Overhand right from Latifi to counter. Throw a huge overhand right and falls off balance. Lands a quick left hook. Front kick Mousasi. Quick left jab, right from Mousasi. Left hook from Latifi. Leg kick Mousasi. Hands down at his sides. Leg kick Mousasi. Latifi tentative. Quick jab from Mousasi, again. Latifi calls Mousasi in wants a brawl. Quick jab from Mousasi. PMN sees it 10-9 Mousasi.
Round 2 – Jab from Mousasi. Straight left from Latifi, right hook. Left jab Mousasi. Latifi retreats. Left jab high then low from Mousasi. Latifi scores with a left then a big right that knocks the sweat off Mousasi. Mousasi keeping his chin stuck out and chasing Latifi. Nice quick left hook on the chin from Mousasi stings Latifi. Quick jab from Mouasi. Left jab from Mousasi. Right hand, Latifi shoots. Mousasi tries to go for his back but Latifi defends and they are back to their feet. Quick left jabs from Mousasi. Nice one and Latifi’s face is bloodied up. Body kick from Mouasi, left jab. Jab, jab. Mouasi showiing no respect now with his hands completely down. PMN has it 10-9 Mousasi.
Round 3 – Latifi breathing very hard between rounds. His corner tells him he’s lost the first two rounds. Touch gloves. Nice leg kick from Latifi. Leg kick Mousasi and keeping perfect range. Jab from Mousasi. Spin kick to the head from Latifi misses. Leg kick. Nice one two from Mousasi. Left jab. Leg kick Latifi. Right from Mousasi and Latifi’s face getting very busted up now. Mousasi turning it up now, more jabs more often. Leg kick. Right hand. Leg kick. Latifi breathing hard with his mouth open. Nice one two from Latifi. Nice right jab after switching stances. Jab from Mousasi, another. Another. One two. Big leg kick from Latifi. Jab from Mousasi, then a right. One two, one. One and Latifi continues to circle and retreat after each time he eats one or two. Latifi catches a kick and dumps Mousasi with under 20 seconds to go. Latifi postures up with ground and pound. He takes a big up kick from Mousasi, then dives in with a punch and passes to side control after the bell. PMN has it 10-9 and 30-27 for Mousasi. Solid performance against a dangerous opponent on very short notice opponent change.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Gegard Mousasi def. Ilir Latifi by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Mousasi said he got injured in camp and had a cold coming in. He said some people lay and pray and feels like he may have done a little bit of that standing up. He still hopes for a fight with Alexander Gustafsson.