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UFC On FUEL TV 9: Gegard Mousasi Vs. Ilir Latifi

Gegard Mousasi vs. Ilir Latifi

It’s time for the new main event, as Gegard Mousasi (33-3-2) makes his Octagon debut against Ilir Latifi (7-2). Latifi, of course, replaced Alexander Gustafsson, who suffered a cut in training last week and was not cleared for battle. The referee will be Marc Goddard.

Round 1: A very stoic Mousasi walked to the Octagon, seemingly not having any kind of issue with facing a new opponent. Mousasi on the stalk, trapping Latifi and snapping off some nice, quick jabs. Latifi shoots and is denied with ease on a takedown attempt. Quick right jab connects from Mousasi, who is playing to his natural, patient ways. Latifi throws a pair of huge rights that miss, but connects on a left hook that gets the attention of his opponent. Two more jabs and Latifi winces in pain from the power of Mousasi.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Mousasi

Round 2: Surprising to many, Latifi made it through the first round. Mousasi back to working his jab, but Latifi is gaining confidence, throwing his own jabs now. Latifi lands some nice shots, but is backing up now. Mousasi catches him and he winces, continuing to march him down and pin him into a corner. Blood tickling out of the right eye of Latifi. Mousasi defends another takedown with ease, but is unable to move to the back in a submission attempt. It feels as if Mousasi is unsure of everything Latifi brings, which makes sense considering the short nature of the replacement.

FightLine scores the round 10-8 for Mousasi

Round 3: Lots of swelling around the eyes of Latifi, who has eaten a lot of jabs. Big kick nearly sweeps Mousasi to the floor. Big spinning high kick by Latifi misses, but he is throwing everything he has at the former champion early in this round. Latifi’s face is a bloody mess now, but he fires off a right that catches the attention of Mousasi. Mousasi has a different demeanor now, as he seems upset by the constant running of his opponent. Latifi trips Mousasi down with less than 30 seconds left, but is unable to do anything. However, Latifi fires off as Mousasi kind of looks bothered and lands a few big rights before the bell sounds.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Mousasi

Gegard Mousasi def. Ilir Latifi via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)