The UFC on Fuel 9 main card featured a gaggle of good bouts, with three of the six bouts getting finished before the final horn. This recap will look at five of the main card bouts, with the main event bout between Gegard Mousasi and Ilir Latifi getting its own recap. So without further ado, here we go.
Couture started quite well and had Pearson frustrated for the first half of the fight. He alternated between strong clinch work (similar to his father) and using movement on the feet to stay away from Pearson's power. He couldn't maintain it in the second though, because Pearson figured him out. Eventually Pearson caught a kick and inflicted some damage on the ground. Couture escaped, but ate a huge left hook that put him down for good.
This one was over before it really started. De Fries charged forward for a takedown and Mitrione caught him with a sneaky punch behind the ear. It looked like De Fries went down because he just ran into Meathead, but that wasn't the case. Nonetheless, Mitrione jumped on the British fighter and pounded him into unconsciousness in just 19 seconds.
This bout won the fight of the night bonus with good reason - it was great. The two men battled all over the cage, mixing in strong boxing with takedowns and scrambles. The first two rounds were close, but Pickett controlled the third with some takedowns. The judges had it as a split decision, with two of them seeing every round for Pickett while one gave two rounds to Easton. If there's one bout from the card that you should go out of your way to watch (other than Conor McGregor vs. Marcus Brimage), this is the one.
Garza tried to keep Brandao at bay with his reach advantage, but that only worked for about a minute. Brandao got a takedown and used some fancy guard passing to get out to side control. He then locked up an arm triangle to get the finish. It was another impressive performance from Brandao, who has really found his groove since he lost to Darren Elkins.
Akira Corassani defeated Robbie Peralta via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Corassani surprised a lot of people with his improved skills, and had Peralta on the defensive for much of the first round. Each man hurt the other in the second with punches, but it was Corassani that closed the round strong. He continued in the third with solid striking and took the decision. The fight was closer that the scores indicate, but Peralta still suffered his first loss in the UFC while Corassani moved to 2-0.