The UFC returns to Sweden for the second time in the promotion’s nearly 20 year history. UFC on FUEL TV 9 has 13 fights scheduled. Six of those fights, air on the main card which can be seen on FUEL TV. Here’s a breakdown of tomorrow’s main card, which starts at 10:45 a.m. ET. FightLine will have the results and news that follows.
Featherweight: Akira Corassani vs. Robbie Peralta
The main card opens with Akira Corassani looking for another win after a successful debut for the promotion in September. This will be his second FUEL TV show and second appearance as featherweight. In his only fight in 2012, Robbie Peralta made it count by knocking out Jason Young in 23 seconds. He’s 1-1 for the UFC.
Featherweight: Diego Brandao vs. Pablo Garza
After Diego Brandao won The Ultimate Fighter 14, he went 1-1 last year with both fights going to the judges. After back-to-back losses, Pablo Garza kept his UFC career alive by defeating Mark Hominick. He’s been training with American Top Team as of late.
Bantamweight: Brad Pickett vs. Mike Easton
Brad Pickett wants a title shot and has come close. He holds UFC losses to the interim bantamweight champion Renan Barao and most recently Eddie Wineland. He hopes a strong performance will land him back in the title hunt. Mike Easton went 2-1 last year and comes in off a loss. Those three fights were all decided by a decision.
Heavyweight: Matt Mitrione vs. Phil De Fries
Matt Mitrione is feeling the heat about this one. If he wins, his job might be safe. A loss would be his third in a row in his short seven fight career. His biggest win came against internet sensation Kimbo Slice. Phil De Fries is at .500 for the UFC and looks to change that in the only heavyweight bout on the card. Three of his fights haven’t seen the third round.
Lightweight: Ross Pearson vs. Ryan Couture
In his return as lightweight, Ross Pearson took care of the opposing The Ultimate Fighter coach George Sotiropoulos with an early third round knockout. The Brit had been a featherweight for a short time before deciding the weight cut was too much. Ryan Couture enters the Octagon, now as a fighter and not the son of UFC hall of famer Randy Couture. He was 6-1 for Strikeforce, who he only fought for, and comes in with two split-decisions.
Light Heavyweight: Gegard Mousasi vs. Ilir Latifi
The biggest injury of the year occurred when Alexander Gustafsson suffered a cut above his eye just days before he was set to fight in front of his home country in Sweden. He was ruled unable to compete and the UFC had little options for a replacement as they are coming from a foreign country. In steps Ilir Latifi, who trains with Gustafsson. Latifi is 7-2 and Mousasi, a DREAM champion, is 33-3. It’s a first for the UFC, as both fighters make their debut as the headliner.