UFC on Fuel TV 9 Predictions- Kamikaze Overdrive MMA

Scott Johnson

205lbs- Ilir Latifi (7-2-0 1NC) vs Gegard Mousasi (33-3-2)

With the cut to Alexander Gustafsson preventing him from competing this Saturday, his training partner and fellow 205er Ilir Latifi steps up on short notice to take the biggest fight of his career. I really have no intention of going into a breakdown of Gegard Mousasi’s skills as I have already done this on the latest episode of my show and nothing outside of his opponent has changed. This is a tremendous oppurtunity for Latifi. As a huge underdog against the former Strikeforce champion, if the Swede could pull the win out he would rise from obscurity to relevancy on biggest stage in all of MMA over night.

Physically, Latifi isn’t the typical LHW standing only 5’8″ but he packs a lot of muscle and power onto his frame. In the footage available he as shown some decent power grappling along with serviceable striking. To date he has won a pair of fight by knockout, 3 by sub, and 2 by decision. His two losses have come one each by knockout and decision, with the latter coming against current Bellator Light Heavyweight tournament champion winner Emanuel Newton.

Latifi is a training partner of Alexander Gustafsson so he is a) working with an elite level fighter and b) has been helping him to prepare for Mousasi so he should be at least knowledgeable of what to expect. That being said Mousasi is a double threat with both striking and grappling and for the most part is the better overall fighter. In the prediciton business, if I were to predict that Latifi was going to beat Mousasi it is a lose/lose situation. Either he wins and I am deem lucky for taking a shot in the dark or he losses and my credibility takes a hit for picking him. Either way, based on the footage I have seen of Latifi and what I already know about Mousasi, Gegard should be able to hold serve. The last time Mousasi fought a late replacement opponent he fought to a draw agaisnt Keith Jardine and with this being his UFC debut he can’t afford that type of a setback so the pressure is on, so my prediction is Gegard Mousasi to defeat Ilir Latifi by knockout.

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The World famous Octagon returns to Sweden and brings with it an action packed card headlined by the Scandinavian nation’s most prominent Mixed Martial Arts star; Alexander Gustafsson. Gustafsson is fresh off of a victory over former UFC Light Heavyweight title holder Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua. With another win the Swedish star could find himself in line for a shot at the reining champion UFC 205lbs champion Jon Jones. Opposing the Swede will be former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight champ Gegard Mousasi. Mousasi’s debut in the UFC has be a long awaited one. A talented and well-rounded fighter; Mousasi brings a lethal K-1 tested striking repertoire and a dangerous grappling game. Mousasi holds wins over Mike Kyle, Babalu Sobral, and Ovince St-Preux and should he derail the momentum of Alexander Gustafsson he could leap frog his way into immediate title contention in the UFC.

In the co-main event the son of UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture, Ryan Couture makes his promotional debut against the heavy-handed British brawler Ross Pearson. Pearson made a successful return to the Lightweight division with a knockout win over George Sotiropoulos, while Couture ended his Strikeforce career with a controversial win over KJ Noons. Couture has spent his entire career fighting for Strikeforce, increasing his level of competition with every fight and Pearson represents the next major challenge in his development. For Pearson, his time spent in the Featherweight division has cost him his position within the 155 pound ranks, but a win here will go a long way to returning him to notoriety in the UFC deepest division.

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Rounding out the main card Matt Mitrione faces Phil De Fries in the Heavyweight division, Brad Pickett squares off with Mike Easton in a Fight of the Night candidate, Diego Brandao looks to continue his winning ways against dangerous veteran Pablo Garza, and Swedish based Featherweight Akira Corrassani battles the exciting Robbie Peralta.

The prelims are headlined by a Lightweight bout between Ultimate Figther finalist Michael Johnson and Reza Madadi. Other Swedish fighters in action throughout the undercard include Tor Trong, Chris Spang, Papy Abedi, and Besam Yousef. Also on the card a number of talented European prospects will hit the cage with Dutch fighter Michael Kuiper facing Tom Lawlor, Adlan Amagov of Russia meeting the aforementioned Spang, and Irish Featherweight and reining Cage Warrior FC’s Lightweight and Featherweight champion Conor McGregor making his promotional debut.

Every time the UFC heads to Europe the fans are treated to an exciting night of action and UFC on Fuel TV 9 should be no different. The latest edition of Kamikaze Overdrive MMA Predictions covers the main card and the link to the preliminary breakdowns is also posted below. Kamikazeoverdrive.net is in full swing the the MMA Prediction Panel, the Public Picks section, and the Kamikaze Overdrive Prediction Tournament all gearing up for a long push into the Summer! As always enjoy the fights and let’s make some money this weekend!

205lbs- Ilir Latifi vs. Gegard Mousasi
155lbs- Ryan Couture vs. Ross Pearson
265lbs- Philip De Fries vs. Matt Mitrione
135lbs- Mike Easton vs. Brad Pickett
145lbs- Diego Brandao vs. Pablo Garza
145lbs- Akira Corassani vs. Robert Peralta

155lbs- Michael Johnson vs. Reza Madadi
185lbs- Adam Cella vs. Tor Troeng
170lbs- Adlan Amagov vs. Chris Spang
145lbs- Marcus Brimage vs. Conor McGregor
170lbs- Ben Alloway vs. Ryan LaFlare
185lbs- Michael Kuiper vs. Tom Lawlor
170lbs- Papy Abedi vs. Besam Yousef



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