UFC on Fuel TV 9 takes place tomorrow in Sweden and features an important light heavyweight bout between Gegard Mousasi and Ilir Latifi. Alexander Gustafsson was set to take on Mousasi in the main event, but a cut suffered during training forced him off the card. Now, his training partner Latifi, has the chance to pull off a huge upset. Let’s now take a look at the rest of the card and make some predictions.
Featherweight: Akira Corassanni vs. Robbie Peralta — Both fighters are relatively new to the UFC, so it’s important that they put on an impressive performance in hopes of building their name. Peralta possess the better striking in this bout, and he will use this to pick apart Corassanni in every round. Final Prediction: Robbie Peralta wins via unanimous decision.
Featherweight: Diego Brandao vs. Pablo Garza — Brandao and Garza have dynamic striking, but Brandao possesses the superior jiu jitsu. Brandao will land some big shots, forcing Garza to the ground. From there, Brandao will sink in a submission. Final Prediction: Diego Brandao wins via submission (rear-naked choke) in the second round.
Bantamweight: Brad Pickett vs. Mike Easton — This bantamweight bout has Fight-Of-The-Night written all over it. Pickett is the better boxer and has more power, but Easton will possess the strength and wrestling advantage. However, Easton hasn’t looked good as of late, and Pickett will take advantage of this. Pickett will force Easton into a striking battle, where he will out land Easton in every round. Final Prediction: Brad Pickett wins via unanimous decision.
Heavyweight: Matt Mitrione vs. Phil De Fries — Both of these heavyweights have heavy hands, so this bout shouldn’t make it out of the first round. Mitrione is the better striker and athlete, and he will land a big shot on De Fries early in round one. Fries will not be able to recover as Mitrione swarms to finish. Final Prediction: Matt Mitrione wins via TKO in the first round
Lightweight: Ross Pearson vs. Ryan Couture — Couture is son of the UFC Hall-of-Fame fighter Randy Couture, who regularly trains and corners him during fights. In his Strikeforce tenure, Couture was able to get some nice wins, but Pearson is on a different level compared to his past competition. Pearson is known for his knockout power, and he will take advantage of this and dominate in the stand up portion of the fight. Couture will try to take Pearson down, but it will be to no avail. Final Prediction: Ross Pearson wins via TKO in the first round.
Light Heavyweight: Gegard Mousasi vs. Ilir Latifi-Instead of Alexander Gustafsson, Latifi will take on Mousasi and has the chance to pull off an upset. He has a good ground game and is very strong, and it doesn’t hurt when you train with a dynamic striker in Gustafsson on a regular basis. However, Mousasi comes into this fight with more experience, and he is also the more well-rounded fighter. He will pick his shots on the feet and take the fight to the ground. From there, Mousasi will sink in a submission, giving him his first win inside the UFC. Final Prediction: Gegard Mousasi wins via submission (rear-naked choke) in the second round.