“UFC on FUEL TV: Mousasi vs. Latifi” took place Saturday inside Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden.
A light heavyweight scrap between Gegard Mousasi and Ilir Latifi headlined tonight’s show. Lightweights Ryan Couture and Ross Pearson served as the co-main event.
Here are the official results and play-by-play from tonight’s action:
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Papy Abedi Defeats Besam Yousef via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
1stRound: They exchange leg kicks early. Abedi trips him to the mat. Yousef works to his feet, but eats a knee to the midsection for this troubles. Yousef lands an elbow while in the clinch. Abedi scores another takedown just before the horn sounds. Abedi, 10-9.
2ndRound: Abedi connects with two lefts and a body kick, all unanswered. Yousef answers with some shots in the clinch. When they separate, Abedi has the early advantage. When they clinch, it’s all Yousef. Abedi leads him to to the canvas with three minutes remaining. Abedi is pretty active with this attack, but not enough to the liking of the referee as they get stood up. Good work in the clinch by both fighters. Abedi might be slowing. Close round. Yousef, 10-9.
3rdRound: Yousef comes out aggressive, landing several strikes in the clinch, but Abedi manages to secure a takedown. Yousef fights to his feet and has half the round left to finish this. Abedi now gets planted on his back. This ref is quick to pull the trigger on the ground. They get stood back up. Yousef tags him with a right. Knee by Yousef. Yousef, 10-9, and may have won, 29-28. It will depend on how the judges scored the middle stanza.
Tom Lawlor Defeats Michael Kuiper via Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 1:05 in the 2ndRound
1stRound: Lawlor immediately goes for a takedown. Kuiper has fended him off for over a minute. After two minutes of trying to pant Kuiper on the ground, Lawlor gets tripped to the mat for a moment. Lawlor gets planted on the ground again. Kuiper unloads some ground-and-pound before Lawlor gets to his feet. Kuiper slams him back down and takes his back. These Swedish refs aren’t wasting any time in standing active fighters up. Kuiper scores one more takdown for good measure. Kuiper, 10-9.
2ndRound: Kuiper charges for another takdown. Lawlor defends by slapping on a guillotine choke. After several seconds, Kuiper is forced to cry uncle.
Ryan LaFlare Defeats Ben Alloway via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
1stRound: LaFlare scores a body-lock takedown and lands in side control. Alloway wiggles to his feet, but gets led right back down. Repeat. Alloway lands a body shot. LaFlare, 10-9.
2ndRound: LaFlare takes him down again with the greatest of ease within seconds. Alloway gets to his feet, but can’t seem to get anything going. LaFlare is clearly the more aggressive fighter. Alloway finally musters up some offense. He’s smothering LaFlare on the ground just before the bell rings. LaFlare might be getting winded. LaFlare, 10-9.
3rdRound: LaFlare plants him on his back and ends up in side control. Alloway fights to his feet and tries a takedown of his own, but LaFlare reverses. This scrap is far from a barnburner. LaFlare, 10-9, and likely ran the table, 30-27.
Conor McGregor Defeats Marcus Brimage via TKO (Punches) at 1:07 in the 1stRound
1stRound: Brimage charges the center of the Octagon and comes out firing. Brimage lands a couple of strikes, but McGregor counters with two big uppercuts that stun Brimage. McGregor continues his assault. He drops Brimage with another uppercut and continues to give him the business on the mat. It’s a wrap. Quite the big league debut for McGrego, who walked the walk after talking the talk.
Adlan Amagov Defeats Chris Spang via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
1stRound: Amagov is throwing a flurry of dynamic kicks. He’s plastering Spang with every kick in the book. Spang is the longer competitor, but can’t seem to use his reach advantage. Crowd starting to get anxious. Amagov lands a takedown just before the round ends. Amagov, 10-9.
2ndRound: Spang comes out firing, but Amagov charges forward to score a takedown. Spang avoids taking any significant damage and gets back to his feet. Uneventful round. Amagov, 10-9.
3rdRound: This is a one-sided sparring session for Amagov. Spang has not been able to do much of anything tonight. Amagov is smothering him against the cage, appearing content to ride home a unanimous decision win. Amagov, 10-9, and should cruise, 30-27.
Tor Troeng Defeats Adam Cella via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 3:11 in the 1stRound
1stRound: Troeng lands a takedown. He stands over Cella and drops a big right hand. Troeng advances to side control and is working for full mount. Instead, he takes Cella’s back and is laying the lumber. Troeng locks in a rear-naked choke. That’s all she wrote.
Reza Madadi Defeats Michael Johnson via Submission (Anaconda Choke) at 1:33 in the 3rdround
1stRound: Madadi gets a hold of a single-leg and drags him to the canvas. He tires to catch Johnson in a couple of leg locks, but loses position and is now on the bottom. Madadi goes for an omoplata, though Johnson escapes and momentarily moves to side control. Madadi gets to his feet, but eats a nasty head kick and drops like a sack of potatoes. Johnson is methodical with his assault and the round ends. Johnson, 10-9.
2ndRound: Madadi drags him to the canvas and lands in full mount. He’s giving Johnson the business. Madadi is now in side control dropping several short elbows. Johnson is getting controlled on the ground, but is doing a solid job of avoiding significant shots. Madadi, 10-9.
3rdRound: After a back-and-forth scramble, Johnson ends up on his back once again. Madadi slaps on an anaconda choke and Johnson is forced to tap.
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Akira Corassani Defeats Robbie Peralta via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
1stRound: Corassani is the aggressor early, but Peralta lands the most significant shot of the scrap with an uppercut. Corassani connects with an overhand right. Corassani is clinching him against the cage, though hasn’t landed anything powerful. Corassani, 10-9.
2ndRound: Corassani executing his game plan to near perfection. Just as I write that, Peralta rocks him with a left hand and pounces. Corassani appears out on his feet as they clinch against the fence. Corassani may have weathered the storm. Corassani now unleashes a wicked right hand that stuns his opponent. Peralta, 10-9.
3rdRound: With the fight up for grabs, these guys are flinging leather. Corassani secures a takedown and has four minutes to put in work. Peralta gets to his feet, but is dragged back down. Peralta fights free and has him clinched against the cage. Corassani has blood trickling down from his forehead. They fall to the mat on a canvas and Corassani ends up on top. Corassani, 10-9, and probably won, 29-28.
Diego Brandao Defeats Pablo Garza via Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke) at 3:27 in the 1stRound
1stRound: Slight NINE-inch reach advantage for Garza… Brandao closes the distance and plants his opponent on the canvas. He immediately moves to side control. Brandao slips in an arm-triangle choke. Garza is forced to call it quits.
Brad Pickett Defeats Mike Easton via Split Decision (28-29, 30-27, 30-27)
1stRound: Pickett catches a kick, but Easton clinches him against the cage after a brief scramble. They trade knees to the midsection in the clinch. Easton working hard for the takedown. Pickett drops two short elbows to the dome. Pickett scores a takedown just before the end of the round. Tight round to score. Pickett, 10-9.
2ndRound: They are standing in the pocket and unloading. Pickett picks him up and slams him to the mat for a brief moment. After an exchange, Easton now scores a takedown. Pickett gets to his feet, though appears more winded than his opponent. Easton eats an uppercut. Exciting flurry by both to end the round. Another close round. Pickett, 10-9.
3rdRound: They pick up right where they left off at the end of the second – firing away. After a torrid scramble, Pickett ends up in top position. Pickett takes his back and slams him to the mat. They’re back on their feet. This could take ‘Fight of the Night’ if the last three scraps don’t show out. Pickett, 10-9, and likely won, 30-27.
Matt Mitrione Defeats Philip De Fries via KO (Strikes) at :19 in the 1stRound
1stRound: De Fries immediately shoots and gets denied. He tries again and Mitrione greets him with several powerful elbows on the way down. Mitrione drops a couple of more bombs and the bout is brought to an end. That was interesting. I have never seen a fight like that before.
Ross Pearson Defeats Ryan Couture via TKO (Strikes) at 3:45 in the 2ndRound
1stRound: Couture working hard to score a takedown. He’s had Pearson clinched against the cage for half the round. He finally trips the Brit to the ground for a split second. They finally separate. Couture doing a good job of not standing in front of Pearson. Couture, 10-9.
2ndRound: Pearson comes out with greater intensity to start the second. Couture gets a hold of him and clinches him against the fence again. He lands a couple of strikes before separating. Pearson scores with a right hand. Pearson catches a kick and is bringing the pain. Countless bombs by Pearson. After several punches on the ground, the ref finally brings the mauling to an end.
Gegard Mousasi Defeats Ilir Latifi via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
1stRound: Mousasi is stalking him around the cage. Two minutes gone and nothing significant had landed for their fighter. Latifi if swinging with bad intentions. Mousasi working a quick left jab. Latifi scores with a left hook. Mousasi is nailing him with countless jabs. Latifi is calling his opponent to fight, getting the hometown faithful to back him. Mousasi, 10-9.
2ndRound: Latifi has a puncher’s chance, and that dude is throwing POWER PUNCHES. None have connected, though. Latifi shoots, but gets stuffed. Mousasi continues to hunt his prey. He’s not landing anything devastating, either. However, Latifi’s face is bloodied from eating numerous jabs. I’m getting the sense Mousasi won’t finish this, despite being a whopping 14-to-1 favorite against the last-second substitute. Mousasi, 10-9.
3rdRound: Mousasi can thank his stiff left jab for this win. Latifi scores with a big right hand. Mousasi seems content with staying on the outside and riding home a decision win. Latifi catches a kick and trips him to the mat. He’s dropping bombs, but runs out of time. Mousasi, 10-9, and like ran the cards, 30-27.