Hard-punching British bantamweight Brad
Pickett will return to the Octagon on April 6 when he collides
with American veteran Mike Easton
UFC on Fuel TV 9.
The event, which takes place at Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm,
is headlined by a pivotal light heavyweight showdown between
Mousasi and Alexander
Gustafsson and marks the UFC’s sophomore trip to Sweden. The
evening’s main card airs live on Fuel TV, while the preliminary
card is streamed immediately prior on Facebook. UFC officials
announced the Pickett-Easton pairing on Thursday morning.
Pickett, 34, saw a two-fight winning streak snapped in his most
recent outing, as “One Punch” was narrowly outpointed by the
Wineland on Dec. 29 at UFC 155. Prior to that setback, Pickett
had earned back-to-back wins in 2012, submitting Damacio
Page with a rear-naked choke in April before knocking out
Jabouin this past September at UFC on Fuel TV 5.
Easton, 29, enters the cage on the heels of a Dec. 8 unanimous
decision defeat to Raphael
Assuncao -- a loss that halted an eight-fight winning streak
dating back to 2008. “The Hulk” joined the UFC in 2011, rattling
off victories over Byron
Papazian and Ivan
Menjivar before running into Assuncao at UFC on Fox 5.