Gegard Mousasi continued his winning way inside the UFC octagon last night in the main event of UFC on Fuel TV 9. Mousasi’s arrival seemed long overdue to most MMA enthusiasts.
Mousasi was originally slated to face UFC top contender Alexander Gustafsson; however, Gustafsson was forced out of the event due to an injury he received in training leading up to this bout. Instead, Mousasi faced one of Gustafsson’s training partners Ilir Latifi.
Mousasi won a clear unanimous decision over Latifi in his UFC debut. He came in with his trademark style, calm and methodical. He simply battered Latifi in dominate fashion showing the UFC fans he deserves top 10 competition.
The future is uncertain for Mousasi as he will need time off due to a knee injury he suffered. Upon his arrival back to the UFC, the match is still very relevant against Gustafsson or possibly Glover Teixeira would be a great test for Mousasi. He is sure to be a real force for the UFC light heavyweight division.
With the turn of events from the UFC on Fuel TV 9, there are plenty of new matches to make to shake up the UFC divisions.
Ross Pearson vs. TJ Grant/Gray Maynard loser: Pearson really showed off his boxing skill set taking out Ryan Couture at UFC on Fuel TV 9. After a slow start in the 1st round, Pearson put his opponent away in the 2nd round. Pearson is now on a two fight win streak and could face the loser of TJ Grant vs. Gray Maynard. The two are scheduled to face each other on May 26th.
Brad Pickett vs. Urijah Faber/Scott Jorgensen winner: Moving his way steadily up the ladder in the UFC bantamweight division, Picket took a split decision in a hard fought battle against Mike Easton at UFC on Fuel TV 9. The next move that makes the most sense is to face the winner of Urijah Faber vs. Scott Jorgensen. They are set to face each other at “The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale.”
Ilir Latifi vs. Brandon Vera/Ryan Jimmo-: llir, a training partner of Alexander Gustafsson, stepped in on short notice for his teammate against Gegard Mousasi at UFC on Fuel TV 9. Losing in dominate fashion, the newcomer to the UFC showed a lot of potential. A match up against Brandon Vera or Ryan Jimmo would really show the fan’s where Latifi deserves to be both opponents are coming off loses.
Ryan Couture vs. Thiago Tavares/Tony Ferguson: Couture hung in there with Pearson in the first round at UFC on Fuel TV 9. He was outclassed in his striking and eventually was stopped in the second round by Pearson. Thiago Tavares or Tony Ferguson would make interesting match ups for the UFC new comer and both guys are riding a loss.
Mike Easton vs. Michael McDonald/Dominic Cruz: Easton lost via split decision in his bout against Brad Pickett at UFC on Fuel TV 9. Still a major force to be reckoned with; however, riding a two fight losing streak, he is only left to face Michael McDonald who is currently on a loss or welcome Dominic Cruz back to the UFC if timing allows.
Matt Mitrione vs. Todd Duffee: After an impressive stoppage over Philip De Fries at UFC on Fuel TV 9, Mitirione should face Duffee next since they are the last two people to face De Fries and win in similar quick fashion.
Diego Brandao vs. Nik Lentz: Brandao is still a young fighter with plenty of room to grow in the UFC. He looked very good against Pablo Garza at UFC on Fuel TV 9 winning by submission. Nik Lentz who has fought top 10 contenders in this weight class and would really test the young Brandao in the UFC.
Where the UFC places these outstanding competitors is yet to be determined. Follow along to see what’s next for these UFC on Fuel TV 9 winners. Follow me on Twitter at @mmadocket and stay tuned on www.mma-freak.com for the latest MMA news.