Gegard Mousasi beat Ilir Latifi via unanimous decision in the main event of UFC on FUEL TV 9 on Saturday. The win is Mousasi’s first in his UFC career after moving over from Strikeforce.
Mousasi pressured the overmatched Latifi as soon as the fight began. He kept moving forward while using his jab to keep Latifi at a distance, which eventually left his opponent bloodied and beaten.
Latifi did have his moments in the fight. He nearly landed a couple hard overhand rights on Mousasi in the first two rounds, and he actually did land one flush in the third round. However, his real strength is his wrestling, which Mousasi successfully stuffed throughout the fight.
In the lightweight division, Ross Pearson overcame Ryan Couture’s grappling and reach advantage to earn a technical knockout victory at 3:45 of the second round.
Couture held the advantage early in the fight by using his six-inch reach advantage to keep Pearson away from him. He kept moving and engaged Pearson on his terms while looking for the occasional takedown.
Unfortunately, Couture was tentative with his attacks when he came out for the second round, and Pearson started to find his range. The fight ended when Couture attempted a rather sloppy looking inside kick on Pearson, who caught his foot and tripped him. Pearson rushed over to Couture and landed multiple punches. Couture hit the mat, and the referee was eventually forced to stop the fight.
Heavyweight Matt Mitrione entered his bout with Philip De Fries on a two-fight losing streak and was facing a potential release from the UFC. However, he won’t have to worry about that after his stunning 19-second knockout of Philip De Fries, who appeared to hit his head on Mitrione’s upper thigh or hip when attempting a takedown. The stunned De Fries fell to the mat and Mitrione finished the fight from there.
Here are the full results of UFC on FUEL TV 9:
Gegard Mousasi def. Ilir Latifi via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Ross Pearson def. Ryan Couture via TKO (punches), 3:45 R2
Matt Mitrione def. Philip De Fries via knockout (strikes), 0:19 R1
Brad Pickett def. Mike Easton via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 30-27)
Diego Brandao def. Pablo Garza via submission (arm-triangle choke), 3:27 R1
Akira Corassani def. Robbie Peralta via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Reza Madadi def. Michael Johnson via submission (anaconda choke), 1:33 R3
Tor Troeng def. Adam Cella via submission (rear-naked choke), 3:11 R1
Adlan Amagov def. Chris Spang via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Conor McGregor def. Marcus Brimage via TKO (punches), 1:07 R1
Ryan LaFlare def. Benny Alloway via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Tom Lawlor def. Michael Kuiper via submission (guillotine choke), 1:05 R2
Papy Abedi def. Besam Yousef via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
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