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Ilir Latifi will receive a second shot in the Octagon

UFC on Fuel 9 Poster - UPDATELight heavyweight Ilir Latifi always thought he’d end up fighting under the UFC banner. He just didn’t realize his debut would come with less than a week to prepare, let alone feature an adversary like Gegard Mousasi or involve the pressure of a main event in his native Sweden. However, opportunity knocked when training partner Alexander Gustafsson went down with a cut and the 29-year old stepped up despite the less-than ideal circumstances.

While Latifi wasn’t able to overcome Mousasi’s superior stand-up, eating a number of stiff jabs throughout their three-round tilt, his heart and willingness to step up on short notice were enough to keep him employed for at least one more match-up.

UFC President Dana White confirmed Latifi’s services would be retained regardless of the loss while speaking with media at the UFC on Fuel 9 post-fight press conference.

Latifi’s loss dropped his record to 7-3 but also snapped a three-fight winning streak. Five of his triumphs have involved some form of finish.

PHOTO CREDIT – UFC

3 COMMENTS
  • AlphaOmega says:

    Latifi did look good at the end when Mousasi was finally on his back, makes you wonder how the fight would of went if he would of tried that earlier.

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    Also is there any word yet (I know its just been a day) about if Dana is going to cut Couture instantly?

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  • MCM says:

    Glad to hear he’s getting a second shot. Both Latifi and Gegard came into the main event out of shape and injured, I hope they don’t get judged too harshly by the fan base for it. (side note, is this the first main event headlined by two fighters making their UFC debut?)

    @Alpha,
    Dana seemed pretty complimentary to Couture during the post fight press conference, so it wouldn’t surprise me if he gets another shot. Then again, it’s Dana White…..

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