The UFC on FUEL TV 9 Winners

| April 8, 2013 | 2:06 pm | Reply

Matt Mitrione UFC on FUEL TV 9The second trip to Stockholm, Sweden for the UFC had a dark cloud hanging above it due the late change in the main event, but Saturday’s UFC on FUEL TV 9 did have several bright spots. The fight card saw several impressive performances inside the Octagon, including a 19 second knockout as well as a few successful promotional debuts.

Below is the list of UFC on FUEL TV 9 fighters that came away as “winners” and while you won’t find Alexander Gustafsson on the list, you will find his late replacement along with two other Swedish fighters.

The UFC on FUEL TV 9 winner:

Conor McGregor came into his UFC debut with a lot of hype behind him. The former Cage Warriors FC featherweight and lightweight champion faced a tough test in Marcus Brimage on the preliminary card. The Irishman backed up the hype with his quick hands and accurate strikes that knocked out Brimage just 67 seconds into the fight. McGregor (13-2) earned the “Knockout of the Night” with his 12th career KO and walked away with $60k in bonus money.

Matt Mitrione gave McGregor a run for his money on the KO bonus with his knockout victory over Phil De Fries in just 19 seconds. A product of The Ultimate fighter season 10, Mitrione (6-2) is one of only a few that has all their career MMA bouts inside the Octagon. He came into the bout on a two fight losing streak but the former NFL player is a work in progress and continues to improve.

After Gustafsson was removed for the fight card Reza Madadi was proclaimed the most popular Swede on the UFC on FUEL TV 9 fight card. Madadi faced Michael Johnson is the featured preliminary bout and was nearly knocked out in the first round. Somehow Madadi survived the round and even came out stronger in round two. Madadi took Johnson down several times in the fight and in the third round locked on a d’arce choke that forced a tap. The win was the biggest inside the Octagon for Madadi and the submission earned him the “Submission of the Night” bonus.

The TUF 17 season has one more episode to go before in concludes but Tor Troeng became the first fighter from the current season to earn an official UFC win. Troeng and fellow TUF 17 fighter Adam Cella squared off on the preliminary card a week before the reality season holds it’s finale in Las Vegas. Cella was no match for Troeng, who took the fight to the ground and eventually latched on for a rear-naked choke submission. The Swede was a favorite going into the TUF 17 season and despite falling short he made a statement in front of his home town fans.

In a losing effort and on very short notice, Llir Latifi comes out of the fight a winner. Making you Octagon debut is never easy but to do it on short notice, in the main event against a former champion is ridiculous. Latifi deserves tons of credit and should be given a second UFC fight with a proper training camp for stepping up to face Gegard Mousasi.

Above we gave you five winners but stay tuned for the opposite end of the spectrum with the UFC on FUEL TV 9 losers.

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