On Saturday the 11th of November, the Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Virginia will be the home of UFC Fight Night 120: Poirier vs. Pettis. The fans in attendance are in for a great night of fights in what, on paper, looks to be one of the most stacked Fight Night cards the UFC has put on in recent memory.
Headlining the bill is the much anticipated lightweight clash between UFC veterans Dustin Poirier and Anthony Pettis. This is a very important fight for both men; one loss in the highly competitive UFC Lightweight Division can become a major setback for any title hopes. Poirier is coming off a somewhat deflating fight which ended in a no contest when Eddie Alvarez landed illegal knees to his head at UFC 211 back in May. His opponent, former UFC Lightweight Champion, Anthony Pettis will also be looking to get back on track after losing four of his last six fights.
Norfolk will have the honour of closing the book on the of the most storied careers in MMA. UFC legend, Matt Brown will be fighting his last fight in his retirement match against fellow UFC legend and one of the toughest fighters ever to grace the Octagon, Diego Sanchez.
Headlining the Preliminary card are John Dodson and Marlon Moraes. Moraes will be making just his second walk to the UFC Octagon and looks to rebound from his split decision loss to Raphael Assunção in his debut which brought an end to a thirteen fight winning streak. Dodson, 2-1 since returning to the 135 lbs weight class, is in no way planning to let Moraes make this his UFC arrival party, as he looks to get on track and start a run in his new home in the UFC’s bantamweight division.
Sage Northcutt will also return to action for the first time since losing to Mickey Gall last December against American Top Team’s Michel Quinones. It will be interesting to see how ‘Super’ Sage has improved during his almost one year layoff. TUF 23 strawweight winner Tatiana Suarez (4-0) will be in action against fellow undefeated (13-0) fighter, Viviane Pereira.
With names such as Andrei Arlovski, Joe Lauzon and Raphael Assunção also fighting on the card there is so much to look forward to. There will be no shortage of UFC experience here, the fighters on the main card alone combine for a staggering 200 combined fights under the UFC banner. This is definitely a top quality card where most of the bouts wouldn’t look out of place on pay-per-view. Full results below:
Main Card (3 AM GMT, BT Sport 2)
Dustin Poirier def. Anthony Pettis: TKO (Injury) – Round 3 (2:08)
Matt Brown def. Diego Sanchez: KO (Elbow) – Round 1 (3:44)
Andrei Arlovski def. Junior Albini: Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27) – Round 3 (5:00)
Cezar Ferreira def. Nate Marquardt: Split Decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28) – Round 3 (5:00)
Catchweight bout (138.5 lbs) – Lopez missed weight
Raphael Assunção def. Matthew Lopez: KO (Punch) – Round 3 (1:50)
Clay Guida def. Joe Lauzon: TKO (Punches & Elbows) – Round 1 (1:07)
Preliminary Card (1 AM, GMT, BT Sport 2)
Marlon Moraes def. John Dodson: Split Decision (30-27, 27-30, 30-27) Round 3 (5:00)
Women’s Strawweight bout
Tatiana Suarez def. Viviane Pereira: Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26) Round 3 (5:00)
Sage Northcutt def. Michel Quinones: Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) Round 3 (5:00)
Women’s Strawweight bout
Nina Ansaroff def. Angela Hill: Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) Round 3 (5:00)
Fight Pass Prelims (11:30 PM, GMT, UFC Fight Pass)
Sean Strickland def. Court McGee: Unanimous Decision – Round 3 (5:00)
Light Heavyweight bout
Jake Collier def. Marcel Fortuna: Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) – Round 3 (5:00)
Karl Robertson def. Darren Stewart: Submission (Rear naked choke) – Round 1 (3:41)
Fight of the night: Anthony Pettis vs. Dustin Poirier ($50,000 each)
Performance of the night: Matt Brown and Raphael Assunção ($50,000 each)