Is Ryan Couture on Ross Pearson's level?
We're going to find out in just a few hours, when "The Real Deal" and "Natural"-junior hook 'em up in the co-main event of UFC on FUEL TV 9: "Mousasi vs. Latifi," which emanates from the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden.
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Pearson (14-6) captured the "six-figure contract" on season nine of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) reality show, having fought nine times inside the Octagon since graduating in late 2009. "The Real Deal" made a pit stop in the featherweight division, but after a coaching stint on TUF: "Smashes," the 28-year-old returned to 155 pounds to fight opposing coach George Sotiropoulos, winning the contest by third-round technical knockout.
The scrappy Brit is 6-3 over the course of his UFC career with notable wins over "G-Sots," Spencer Fisher and Dennis Siver.
Couture (6-1) has fought all seven of his professional mixed martial arts (MMA) bouts under the Strikeforce banner, racking up one technical knockout, two submissions and three decision wins, including a controversial split over K.J. Noons back in January.
Time to find out if he's UFC material.
MMAmania.com will provide LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the main card action on Saturday (April 6, 2013), which is slated to air at 2 p.m. ET on FUEL TV. The latest quick updates of the live action will begin to flow earlier than that around 10:30 a.m. ET with the "Prelims" bouts on Facebook.
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