UFC Sweden: Mousasi v Latifi preview
Can Mousasi overcome the reach of the lanky Swede Gustafsson?
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Ryan Couture (6-1) vs. Ross Pearson (14-6)
The son of two-divisional UFC champ Randy Couture, Ryan makes his UFC debut against TUF 9 winner Pearson. Couture holds an impressive 6-1 record, most recently winning a controversial decision over KJ Noons.
In this match-up, he again faces a very game striker in Pearson, who most recently took down Aussie George Sotiropolous on the Gold Coast. Pearson wants this fight to stay on the feet and if the fight plays out that way, Couture will have his hands full against the Brit.
Brad Pickett (22-7) vs. Mike Easton (13-2)
These two bantamweights were both on the verge of title contention before hitting a bump in the road, now Pickett and Easton find themselves back in the expanding bantamweight pool. Pickett has devastating power for his weight class and is well-rounded across the board but Easton is a knockout artist in his own right, bringing intensity and energy that few can emulate.
With two well-rounded fighters such as these it will be interesting to see where the fight will play out as both prefer to stand, Easton is a great striker but the pin-point precision and non-stop attack from Pickett should be too much for the training partner of UFC bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz.
Matt Mitrione (5-2) vs. Phil De Fries (9-2)
The majority of viewers look at this matchup on paper and would assume it to be another sloppy heavyweight slugfest, but that may not be the case. Mitrione disappointed in his last outing against Roy Nelson and De Fries was annihilated by a resurrected Todd Duffee.
Mitrione is an ever-improving striker and his athleticism has always been his strong suit. De Fries is a savvy submission artist but if the former defensive tackle in the NFL can avoid the canvas he should snap his two bout losing skid.
Diego Brandao (16-8) vs. Pablo Garza (12-3)
Diego Brandao came into the UFC with a great deal of hype. He struck fear into his adversaries on the reality series The Ultimate Fighter - series 14, with his aggressive style but faltered in his last bout against Darren Elkins.
Garza is a dangerous featherweight in his own right, recently retiring Mark Hominick. At 6’1” (1.85m) he is one of the longest featherweights but Brandao is a tough challenge. If the Brazilian can control his aggression and pace himself he should prevail against "The Scarecrow".
Aussie Prelim Special: Ben Alloway (12-3) vs. Ryan LaFlare (7-0)
Australia's Alloway makes his return to the cage after an impressive knockout win over compatriot Manny Rodriguez. Alloway faces the undefeated LaFlare who has impressively finished all seven of his pro bouts.
From all accounts it seems Alloway will have his hands full. Alloway is strong on his feet but appeared vulnerable on the ground against Rodriguez before scoring the knockout. If the unbeaten LaFlare doesn't encounter any Octagon jitters and keeps his head in the game he'll bring the fight to the experienced Queenslander.
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