UFC on Fuel TV 9 is in the books! So here's the top 10 facts you need to know coming out of Sweden's big event.
1) First and foremost, Conor McGregor is here!
The Irish sensation picked up a huge win in his UFC debut on Saturday, ending Marcus Brimage's 4-fight winning streak by KO. Of McGregor's 13 wins, 12 have been finished by KO/TKO. He also picked up a nice cash bonus of $60,000 for Knockout of the Night. Pretty awesome news for a guy who was collecting $188 Euro a week in social welfare.
2) Gegard Mousasi got his first UFC win, despite not finishing a clearly outmatched opponent
"The Dreamcatcher" may have picked up his first big win in the promotion, however he was unable to finish his opponent for only the 5th time in his 34 career victories.
3) Ilir Latifi lost for the first time since 2011
Despite putting forth as solid an effort as one could on only 100 hours of notice, Ilir Latifi had his 3-fight win streak snapped by Gegard Mousasi. It is his first loss since being defeated by Emanuel Newton back in July of 2011.
4) Brad Pickett is raking in the money
In his Fight of the Night win over Mike Easton, the Englishman was able to pocket a cool $60,000 in picking up his 4th post-fight bonus in 5 UFC fights. This marks his 3rd fight of the night award, while he also has 1 Knockout of the Night bonus.
5) Matt Mitrione snapped a two-fight losing streak
6) Phil De Fries was once again finished in the first round
By being flattened by Mitrione, De Fies has now dropped to 2-3 in the UFC. The loss also marks the third time he has lost by KO/TKO in the first round in the promotion, as he was previously stopped by Todd Duffee and Stipe Miocic.
7) It was a bad night fight Marcus Brimage
With his KO loss to Conor McGregor, Brimage had his 4-fight win streak busted, lost for the 1st time in the UFC, and was KOed for the 1st time in his career.
8) Ross Pearson picked up another brutal TKO
Since returning to lightweight, "The Real Deal" has proved true to his moniker. He racked up another highlight real finish on Saturday by KOing Ryan Couture. It is his second TKO victory in a row, as he last launched George Sotiropoulos off the ground with a right hook back in December.
9) Diego Brandao is proving to be a finisher
With his submission victory over Pablo Garza, the TUF 14 champion has now finished 14(5 sub and 9 KO/TKO) opponents in 17 career wins.
10) UFC on FUEL TV 9 drew an attendance of 14,506 for a live gate of $2,710,000.
While the UFC didn't match their attendance from last years Sweden card, the world's biggest MMA promotion once again proved their worth by taking in a higher gate than last with $2,710,000.