This is the UFC on FUEL 9 live blog for Gegard Mousasi vs. Ilir Latifi, a light heavyweight bout at Saturday's UFC event at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm.
Mousasi, who is making his UFC debut, will face Latifi, who replaced an injured Alexander Gustafsson, in the main event.
Check out the UFC on FUEL 9 live blog below.
Round 1: Marc Goddard is your main-event referee. Mousasi throws a low kick. Latifi responds in kind. Mousasi patiently stalks Latifi across the Octagon. He's keeping his hands low. Latifi with a two-punch combo. Latifi goes for a takedown attempt, which Mousasi easily stuffs. Mousasi throwing occasional jabs. Midway through the round. Latifi just misses with a big right hand. On one hand, it seems like Mousasi can turn it on whenever he feels like it, on the other, it seems like he's tempting fate keeping his hands low and chin forward. Latifi has swelling under his left eye from Mousasi's jabs. Mousasi continuing to flick jabs. Latifi tries to goad Mousasi in the closing seconds, but it doesn't work. MMAFighting scores the round for Gegard Mousasi, 10-9.
Round 2: More of the same in the opening minute. Latifi lands a left which catches Mousasi's attention. Latifi connects on a right. Mousasi content to stalk Latifi and keep him off-balance with his jabs. Latifi attempts a takedown, but Mousasi sprawls it, then tries to take Latifi's back but can't. Mousasi continues to pick Latifi apart with his jabs. Mousasi with a kick to the backpedaling Latifi. Latifi's face is a mess from Mousasi's incessant jabs. MMAFighting scores the round for Gegard Mousasi, 10-9 (20-18 overall).
Round 3: The 5-foot-9 Latifi simply doesn't have any answer for Mousasi's range. Mousasi continuing to treat the fight more like a workout than a UFC main event, but it's working. Latifi's face is starting to look like Glass Joe from "Punch-Out" right before he gets knocked out. Two minutes left. Latifi conects with a low kick, but Mousasi continues with his efficient assault. Final minute. Latifi's a bloody mess. Latifi catches a Mousasi kick and gets him to the mat, but can't do anything with it. Latifi lands a combo from top position in the final seconds, as he makes it to the final horn. MMAFighting scores the round for Gegard Mousasi, 10-9 (30-27 overall).
Gegard Mousasi def. Ilir Latifi via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).