COMMENTARY | UFC on Fuel TV 9 was an entertaining fight card despite the last-minute replacement of Alexander Gustafsson -- who was forced to pull out of the main event due to a cut.
Here are the results of the UFC on Fuel TV 9 fight card held on April 6, at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden:
Gegard Mousasi def. Ilir LatifiMousasi put on a striking clinic against Latifi, effortlessly landing clean strikes throughout their encounter. To his credit, Ilir refused to give up even after he was bloodied up, and "The Sledgehammer" came close to landing a few haymakers. Latifi even managed to get the fight to the ground during the final seconds of the bout.
Unfortunately for the Swede, it was too little, too late, as all three judges scored the fight 30-27 for Mousasi, who wins his UFC debut.
Ross Pearson def. Ryan CoutureRyan got off to a good start at UFC on Fuel TV 9, spending a large portion of the first round controlling Pearson against the cage. When Couture wasn't glued to Ross, he used his footwork to avoid the Brit's power while landing some decent shots of his own.
However, Pearson did a better job of avoiding the clinch in the second round, and his punches eventually found their target. "The Real Deal" hurt Couture with a series of hooks and uppercuts, and he followed up with some unrelenting ground-n-pound, prompting referee Leon Roberts to stop the contest at 3:45 of the second round.
Matt Mitrione def. Philip De FriesMitrione went right to work at UFC on Fuel TV 9, shoving De Fries to the ground after a failed takedown attempt by the Brit. "Meathead" dove into side-mount, and he brutalized De Fries with a vicious bombardment of elbows, bring an end to the contest 19 seconds into the first round.
Brad Pickett def. Mike EastonAn action packed fight broke out inside the Octagon when these two met at UFC on Fuel TV 9. Easton and Pickett landed their share of hard shots, and both men held their own in the grappling department as well. From start to finish, there wasn't a dull moment during their fight.
At the end of the day, the judges were more impressed with Brad's performance, with two scoring the bout 30-27 (I strongly disagree with both scorecards) for the Brit, while the third scored it 29-28 in favor of Easton (same score I had).
Diego Brandao def. Pablo GarzaAfter a brief feeling out period, Brandao put Garza on his back. The Brazilian went right to work, securing an arm-triangle that forced "The Scarecrow" to tap at 3:27 of the first round of their UFC on Fuel TV 9 encounter.
Akira Corassani def. Robbie PeraltaBoth men had their moments at UFC on Fuel TV 9, but Akira seemed to be the better fighter, landing the cleaner, sharper strikes. Corassani also looked good in the grappling department, effectively controlling Peralta against the fence and putting him on his back a few times. The judges scored the bout 30-27, 29-28, and 30-27 all in favor of Corassani.
Reza Madadi def. Michael Johnson (anaconda choke, round three)
Tor Troeng def. Adam Cella (rear-naked choke, round one)
Adlan Amagov def. Chris Spang (unanimous decision)
Conor McGregor def. Marcus Brimage (TKO, round one)
Ryan LaFlare def. Ben Alloway (unanimous decision)
Tom Lawlor def. Michael Kuiper (guillotine choke, round two)
Papy Abedi def. Besam Yousef (split decision)
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