This is the UFC on FUEL 9 live blog for Brad Pickett vs. Mike Easton, a bantamweight bout at Saturday's UFC event at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm.
Pickett, who has won three of his past five fights, will face Easton, who has won three of his past four fights, on the main card.
Check out the UFC on FUEL 9 live blog below.
Round 1: Leon Roberts is the referee for this fight. Pickett connects with a two-punch combo and Easton briefly covers up. Pickett connects with another punch and scores a sweet trip. But they scramble back to their feet and Easton has Pickett locked against the cage. Easton landing knees from the clinch. Easton trips Pickett, but Pickett right back to his feet. Pickett throws two short elbows in close. They switch position and PIckett presses Easton against the fence. They break and head out to center Octagon. Pickett trying to line Easton up for an uppercut, throws one but misses. Easton lands a kick to Pickett's neck. Back to their feet in the final 45 seconds. Pickett goes for a takedown, Easton sprawls it at first, but Pickett sticks with it and finally lands the takedown. He trips Easton again as the round ends. MMAFighting scores the round for Brad Pickett, 10-9.
Round 2: Easton shows urgency in the opening minute, firing jabs and working for the takedown. PIckett responds, though, throwing combos and finding a home with his uppercut. Pickett with a takedown, Easton right back to his feet. Midway through the round. Pickett with a slam. Back to their feet. A big exchange as Pickett lands an uppercut and Easton lands a three-punch combo. Easton with a takedown and moves to side control. Both guys tiring. They're back on their feet. Easton misses on a spinning back fist. Wild final flurry with Pickett landing heavy shots. He lands a huge elbow late. Pickett teeing off right up until the horn. Final exchange clinches a close round. MMAFighting scores the round for Brad Pickett, 10-9 (20-18 overall).
Round 3: Right back to the frenetic action. Easton just misses on a spinning back kick. He's pressing forward and throwing more often. Easton switches levels and scores a takedown, but in the scramble, Pickett ends up in top position. Midway through the round, Pickett still on top but Easton doing his best to fend him off. Easton gives up his back and gets back to his feet, but Pickett scored a slam. Pickett went for a guillotine, but Easton deftly avoids it. Pickett again going for a guillotine, but it's not tight. Easton escapes. Back to their feet. Pickett throwing single punches, then getting out of range. Both guys swing until the final horn. A great battle. I have all three rounds for Pickett, but the first two rounds were close enough that I'd have no quibble with Easton getting the call. MMAFighting scores the round for Brad Pickett, 10-9 (30-27 overall).
Brad Pickett def. Mike Easton via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 30-27).