Gegard Mousasi was making his UFC debut against Ilir Latifi at UFC on FUEL TV 9 on Saturday afternoon in the main event in Stockholm, Sweden. It wasn’t the fight that MMA fans had hoped for, but it was an intriguing match up as we headed in to the headlining fight.
Mousasi came out for the fight just as relaxed as ever as he stalked Latifi in the first-round and was looking for the early finish against the short, stocky wrestler.
Latifi was using the home town crowd to gain momentum, but he was ultimately unable to mount any sort of significant attack to start the fight. He did land a few heavy blows, but Mousasi was controlling the action.
It appeared that Mousasi could have injured his left hand in the early goings of the fight, but he continued to throw the effective jabs to keep Latifi on his heels.
Mousasi continued to stalk his opponent as the two circled around the cage, while Latifi’s eye was becoming more swollen by the moment. Near the end of round two, Latifi was having trouble seeing out of his right eye.
The Strikeforce veteran was able to keep peppering away at Latifi’s eye and turned his opponent’s face into raw hamburger as the two continued to slug it out. Mousasi continued to dominate throughout the final frame, but he never showed the killer instinct.
When it was all said and done, the judges scored the bout in favor of Mousasi, (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
It will be exciting to see what the UFC has in store next fore Mousasi, who is poised for a run in the light-heavyweight division.