UFC on Fuel 9 adds Couture vs. Pearson, two other bouts

Matt Roberts

Zuffa has added three bouts to UFC on Fuel 9, scheduled for April 6th in Stockholm. The biggest of the bunch is a lightweight battle between Ross Pearson and Ryan Couture.

It appears that TUF Smashes coach Ross Pearson will be staying at lightweight, and he'll be introducing a Couture to the octagon. The UFC added a total of three bouts to the UFC on Fuel 9 card scheduled for April 6th in Stockholm, one of which is Pearson vs. ex-Strikeforce fighter Ryan Couture. The other two will see Matt Mitrione face off with Philip De Fries in a heavyweight battle, and TUF Smashes contestant Ben Alloway meeting Ryan LaFlare at welterweight.

Pearson (14-6) briefly went down to featherweight in 2012, but returned to lightweight after a 1-1 stint and defeated opposing coach George Sotiropoulos by TKO in December. Couture (6-1) had spent his entire career in Strikeforce before being brought over, and is coming off a close split-decision win over K.J. Noons at the final SF event last month.

Mitrione (5-2) will be looking to get back into the win column after consecutive losses to Cheick Kongo and Roy Nelson. De Fries (9-2) was stopped in the first round of last bout with Todd Duffee at UFC 155, and is 1-2 in the organization overall.

Alloway (13-3), a quarter-finalist on TUF Smashes, picked up a TKO win over Manuel Rodriguez at UFC on FX 6 in December in his official debut with the organization. LaFlare (7-0) has fought in local promotion Ring of Combat for his whole career thus far, and has finished all seven of his fights inside the distance. He returned from a 30-month layoff last month to pick a third round submission win.


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