With Leather Live Discussion: UFC On FUEL 9

Now that I finally have my calendar organized and I know which UFC events are taking place on which dates, let’s get excited for some free UFC fights, shall we? Tomorrow at 1 PM ET, UFC on FUEL 9 will come at us live from Stockholm, where former Strikeforce champ Gegard Mousasi will make his UFC debut against… Ilir Latifi. Obviously, a lot of people are pissed off about this change, as Mousasi was supposed to fight hometown hero Alexander Gustafsson, who would win in front of his hot blonde female fans and possibly take on Jon Jones next.

Then Gustafsson suffered a cut under his eye, and despite Dana White’s prayers and sacrifices to the Bro Gods, it was too deep to allow him to fight at FUEL 9. Enter Latifi, and at least I’ve had a blast pronouncing Mousasi and Latifi for the past 24 hours. And while I still don’t know why we couldn’t at least get Gunnar Nelson added to the card – I just can’t live without his love and affection – there is still plenty to look forward to.

Namely, Ryan Couture’s UFC debut. It’s special for a number of reasons, but mostly because:

  1. His name.
  2. The person he got that name from, his father and UFC legend Randy Couture, is one of his coaches and is banned from UFC events because White is Roger Goodell in an Affliction shirt.
  3. Ryan’s other coach, Neil Melanson, also won’t be there because of his reason hospitalization.

Talk about stacked odds.

And the rest of the card is decent enough, filled with young fighters who will be looking to earn their paychecks and avoid White’s chopping block. As always, you can check out our own Lobster Mobster’s fight primer here.

But here’s something that we should all be excited about – new badges. But wait, you say, the badges aren’t new. That’s because I want you commenters and chatters to help me pick the new badge series so I can design them and have ‘em ready and new for The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale PPV next Saturday.

So throw your best ideas at me in the comments and let’s enjoy some free fights tomorrow at 1 PM ET on FUEL TV. Share, comment, make jokes and enjoy.