Power Ranking the UFC on Fuel 9 Main Card Fights
No two fights are created equal. Every matchup ends up being different than any others that have taken place before it. Some end by knockout, while others go to the judges' scorecards. Some are can't-miss thrill rides while others make you feel a bit drowsy.
With UFC on Fuel 9 on the books, we at Bleacher Report have had the chance to sit down and rank every fight that took place on the main card. That way, if you missed the show and plan to catch a replay later, you know which fights should take precedence.
For your viewing pleasure, here is the power ranking of all main card fights at UFC on Fuel 9.
6. Gegard Mousasi vs. Ilir Latifi
What is worse than watching a completely unknown fighter in the main event of a UFC card? Watching one that is uneventful and boring.
Late replacement Ilir Latifi was no match for Gegard Mousasi, who proved to be on a completely different level during their UFC on Fuel 9 matchup. However, at no point did the Armenian look to bring the action to a stop.
Instead, Mousasi was content with peppering Latifi with lightning-fast jabs from a distance, as well as throw the occasional straight right hand.
Latifi had his moments, but never stood much of a chance is this matchup that will likely be forgotten sooner, rather than later.
5. Diego Brandao vs. Pablo Garza
Pablo Garza probably saved himself from a pink slip with a December victory over Mark Hominick, but at UFC on Fuel 9, he found himself steamrolled by Ultimate Fighter winner Diego Brandao.
Brandao locked in an arm triangle choke in the first round that forced Garza to tap. Although the choke did not earn Submission of the Night honors, it was a testament to his jiu-jitsu to see how quickly he latched onto this ultra-tight maneuver.
There was nothing wrong with this fight that put it in the No. 5 position on the countdown. The action was good and the finish was even better. However, the remaining fights also had great action in their own respect.
4. Akira Corassani vs. Robbie Peralta
The UFC's featherweight division is arguably the most competitive in the entire promotion. From top to bottom, the stars who have a Zuffa contract in this division have earned their keep. In the opening matchup of the UFC on Fuel 9 broadcast, Akira Corassani and Robbie Peralta proved exactly that.
Both men traded their best shots, got rocked, recovered and then repeated the whole process during this 15-minute affair.
With Corassani having an edge on the ground, he was able to earn a leg up on the scorecards and won a unanimous decision.
Although Peralta didn't win the fight, he certainly gained the respect of Corassani, who sang praises of his opponent during a post-fight interview.
3. Matt Mitrione vs. Phil De Fries
Short, sweet and to the point. That is the only way I can describe Matt Mitrione's first win in nearly two years.
In only 19 seconds, the Ultimate Fighter veteran knocked out British slugger Phil De Fries in a heavyweight matchup that puts "Meathead" back on the map.
It actually took you longer to read this slide than it did for Mitrione to win his fight. Isn't that disgusting?
2. Ryan Couture vs. Ross Pearson
Believe it or not, but Ryan Couture didn't look completely out of place inside the Octagon.
After stealing a win from K.J. Noons on the final Strikeforce card, many felt the lightweight son of Randy Couture wasn't quite ready for prime time. Ultimately, he was knocked out by Ross Pearson in the co-main event of this card, however, he looked solid in the first round and even utilized some of his father's trademark dirty boxing.
Pearson simply proved to be the superior fighter in Round 2 and he made Couture pay for every mistake made.
The finish came when Pearson landed a leaping left hook as Couture tried to circle away along the fence. A few punches later, the Ultimate Fighter star was being pulled off and having his arm raised.
1. Brad Pickett vs. Mike Easton
When two ranked fighters are trying to rebound from a disappointing loss, it's safe to say that sparks are going to fly inside the Octagon. Throw in the fact that this matchup went down in the fast-paced bantamweight division and you've got a brawl with "thriller" written all over it.
At UFC on Fuel 9, that is exactly what happened in a matchup between Brad Pickett and Mike Easton.
Not only did they openly trade in standup exchanges, but each man put his wrestling skills on display throughout this exciting affair.
After two rounds with a razor-thin margin of victory, neither man could have had any confidence regarding what kind of scores would be read if this bout went the distance
Ultimately, it was Pickett who saw his arm raised in a bout where both fighters took home a $60,000 prize for Fight of the Night.