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UFC Fight Night 120 ‘Poirier vs. Pettis’ Play-by-Play, Results & Round-by-Round Scoring

Sherdog’s live UFC Fight Night 120 coverage kicks off live Saturday at 6:30 p.m. ET.
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UFC Fight Night 120 ‘Poirier vs. Pettis’ Play-by-Play, Results & Round-by-Round Scoring

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UFC Fight Night 120 ‘Poirier vs. Pettis’ Play-by-Play, Results & Round-by-Round Scoring

Sherdog’s live UFC Fight Night 120 coverage kicks off live Saturday at 6:30 p.m. ET.
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UFC Fight Night 120 ‘Poirier vs. Pettis’ Play-by-Play, Results & Round-by-Round Scoring

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UFC Fight Night 120 Primer: Countdown to Poirier vs. Pettis

It’s hard to pin down where exactly Anthony Pettis and Dustin Poirier reside on the food chain. Pettis was champ practically forever ago, and Poirier was almost a top contender, but the true elites of the UFC had their way with them, and so here they are. And where is here? Headlining UFC Fight Night […]

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UFC Fight Night 120 predictions: ‘Poirier vs Pettis’ FOX Sports 1 ‘Prelims’ undercard preview

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is bringing a bevy of “Prelims” fights to UFC Fight Pass and FOX Sports 1 this weekend (Sat., Nov. 11, 2017) when UFC Fight Night 120: “Poirier vs. Pettis” storms Ted Constant Center in Norfolk, Virginia. MMAmania.com’s Patrick Stumberg continues the UFC Fight Night 120 “Prelims” party with the second (and final) installment of a two-part undercard preview series below.

It’s five rounds of Lightweight mixed martial arts (MMA) mayhem in Norfolk, Va., this Saturday (Nov. 11, 2017) as former division champ Anthony Pettis looks to kick off another title run against fellow World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) import Dustin Poirier.

Even more old-school is UFC Fight Night 120’s co-feature, which pits Matt Brown against Diego Sanchez in a clash of two of UFC’s ballsiest competitors. Up at Heavyweight, meanwhile, the new school takes a crack at the old guard as Junior Albini looks to finally end Andrei Arlovski’s storied career.

We’ve got four more “Prelims” undercard matches to preview and predict before all that (check out the Fight Pass portion here), though, so let’s not dither:

135 lbs.: John Dodson vs. Marlon Moraes

An unsuccessful rematch against Demetrious Johnson sent John Dodson (19-8) back to Bantamweight, where he immediately annihilated Manny Gamburyan. He lost a headlining battle with John Lineker by the skin of his teeth, but re-entered the win column with a decision over Eddie Wineland in April.

He owns nine professional wins by knockout, including five in UFC.

Marlon Moraes’ (18-5-1) 13-fight win streak established him as arguably the best Bantamweight outside UFC, featuring multiple highlight-reel finishes and several defenses of the World Series of Fighting (WSOF) title. He finally made the jump to UFC in June, losing a controversial split decision to Raphael Assuncao in Rio.

He stands three inches taller than Dodson at 5’6.”

Dodson’s critical issues are that for all his speed and power, there’s no real nuance to the way he closes the distance and he might as well amputate his right hand to ease the weight cut for all the use he gets out of it. Ordinarily, he’s so fast and hits so hard that he can get away with it, but steadfast foes can run him into heavy strikes.

Moraes is not only blisteringly fast in his own right, he’s an incredibly varied striker with one-shot power in all four limbs. Whether on the counter or on the advance, I expect his length, footwork and superior arsenal to keep him away from Dodson’s sledgehammer left as he pieces up “The Magician” for a decision win.

Prediction: Moraes via unanimous decision

115 lbs.: Tatiana Suarez vs. Viviane Pereira

Tatiana Suarez (4-0) impressed Claudia Gadelha enough to be her first Strawweight pick on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 23 and proved the faith was justified by submitting all subsequent comers. After tapping Amanda Cooper to win the show, she signed on to face fellow wrestler Juliana Lima, only to pull out due to injury.

She medaled twice in the World Wrestling Championships, winning bronze in ’08 and ’10.

A massive height and reach disadvantage wasn’t enough to stop Viviane Pereira (13-0) from defeating former title challenger Valerie Letourneau on short notice in her Octagon debut. She had even greater success against TUF 23 competitor Jamie Moyle, taking home a decision despite weighing in well under the Strawweight limit.

She will give up five inches of height and four inches of reach to Suarez.

This is an excellent fight to show us where Suarez is in her development. She’s a legitimately world-class wrestler, but her striking is essentially empty outside of a naked low kick she uses to pass the time until she shoots. Pereira showed solid counter-wrestling against Moyle and has effective boxing, on paper exactly the sort of style to force Suarez to show new wrinkles.

This is a fight that should mostly boil down to Suarez’s takedown offense against Pereira’s takedown defense. With Suarez’s layoff and underdeveloped striking, I’m leaning toward “Sucuri,” who should sprawl-and-brawl her way to an increasingly one-sided decision.

Prediction: Pereira via unanimous decision

155 lbs.: Sage Northcutt vs. Michel Quinones

The Sage Northcutt Train (8-2) has not enjoyed the sort of smooth ride UFC would prefer. After tapping to an arm triangle from half guard against Bryan Barberena, Northcutt struggled with Enrique Marin before getting dropped and submitted by Mickey Gall.

This will be his first fight in almost 11 months thanks to injuries scrapping a UFC 214 appearance.

Though he lost in his sole Bellator appearance, Michael Quinones (8-2) rattled off five consecutive victories to earn a spot in UFC, including to sub-minute knockouts. After several false starts, he finally got to debut in June against Jared Gordon and suffered the first stoppage loss of his career.

“El Capo” has knocked out five opponents and submitted another.

We’ve seen that Northcutt is not the MMA fighter Dana White presented him as. This fight will determine if he’s at least the striker he’s supposed to be. Quinones is going to give Northcutt the stand up battle he wants.

Northcutt will almost certainly have a size and strength advantage, but he’s yet to look spectacular since his debut thrashing of Francisco Trevino. Quinones has none of the mental hang ups, none of the pressure on him, and won’t have to deal with the sort of suffocating pressure he did against Gordon. I say Quinones knocks Northcutt all the way off the rails, dropping him midway through the fight and locking up a submission.

Prediction: Quinones via second-round submission

115 lbs.: Angela Hill vs. Nina Ansaroff

Consecutive losses to Tecia Torres and Rose Namajunas led UFC to amicably part with Angela Hill (7-3) in the interest of giving her a chance to improve. She did so in a big way, winning and defending the Invicta Strawweight title before putting on a “Fight of the Night” with Jessica Andrade and defeating Ashley Yoder.

She has knocked out three professional opponents.

Nina Ansaroff (7-5) — who had to face Carla Esparza and Barb Honchak in her first three fights — got off to a rocky start in UFC, dropping a clear decision to Juliana Lima and a questionable one to Justine Kish. “The Strina” finally earned her first victory in the promotion in January by choking out Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger.

Four of her six stoppage wins have come by form of knockout.

This is a fight between two of the best strikers the division has to offer, Hill with Muay Thai and Ansaroff with Taekwondo. I expect this to be razor-thin and generate a lot of controversy, but I’ve got Ansaroff by a hair.

Without the threat of a takedown, we ought to be see the best Ansaroff has to offer, while Hill has to deal with the possibility of Ansaroff catching her kicks and working from top position. Further, Ansaroff’s kicking game looks the stronger of the two and she appears to be ever-so-slightly faster. She narrowly outlands Hill in an entertaining back-and-forth.

Prediction: Ansaroff via split decision

Pettis vs. Poirier is A+ matchmaking, Brown vs. Sanchez should be fireworks (while it lasts), and Junior Albini could be worth keeping an eye on. Sounds good for a free evening! See you Saturday, Maniacs.

Remember, too, that MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 120 card this weekend, starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. ET, and then the remaining undercard balance on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET before the FOX Sports 1 main card action kicks off at 10 p.m. ET.

Current UFC “Prelims” Prediction Record for 2017: 126-75-1 (1 NC)

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UFC Fight Night 120 Primer: Countdown to Poirier vs. Pettis

It’s hard to pin down where exactly Anthony Pettis and Dustin Poirier reside on the food chain. Pettis was champ practically forever ago, and Poirier was almost a top contender, but the true elites of the UFC had their way with them, and so here they are. And where is here? Headlining UFC Fight Night […]

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UFC Fight Night 120 promo video preview for ‘Poirier vs Pettis’ event on Nov. 11 in Norfolk

Now that UFC 217 is in the books — complete results here — Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is gearing up for a quick turnaround, as UFC Fight Night 120 is set to go down inside Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Virginia on Saturday Nov. 11, 2017.

The Fox Sports 1 event will feature a pivotal Lightweight showdown as former division champion Anthony Pettis will face Dustin Poirier in what is sure to be a stand up war. “Showtime” is looking to collect back-to-back wins at 155 pounds for the first time in a long time after making the jump back up following a less than stellar tenure at Featherweight.

As for Poirier, he will look to get back on the winning track after fighting to a draw against Eddie Alvarez in his last outing. With a win, Dustin will collect the biggest win of his career and cement his standing in a 155-pound weight class that is filled to the brim with contenders eager for their invitation to the big dance.

Also, Matt Brown and Diego Sanchez will collide in the co-main event in a fight that could provide fireworks in the leading candidate to win “Fight of the Night” honors. Also, Andrei Arlovski makes his return to face Junior Albini in Heavyweight action.

To see the latest and most up-to-date fight card click here.

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Midnight Mania! Dana White warns Anthony Pettis that his new Mercedes is a ‘piece of sh*t’

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There was a time when Anthony Paul Pettis was the golden boy of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. With the well-earned nickname “Showtime” and the shiny lightweight title belt around his waist, Pettis seemed like the future. All that was not to last; Pettis hit a sudden and steep decline, losing his belt to a dominant Rafael Dos Anjos. Once the holes in his game had been exposed, it seemed everyone found a way to exploit them; he lost three straight and dropped to featherweight. He managed to pull out a win there, and somehow cartwheel kicked his way to an interim title shot at 145. Then he missed weight, and Max Holloway finished him in brutal fashion. During this time, he also experienced a lot of car trouble: he had several cars torched and carjacked. After a couple old ladies fought the carjackers and tipped off the police, the criminals were finally caught.

Since then, he’s moved back up to lightweight and beaten Jim Miller, getting his errant career back on track. Apparently he still has money to burn, too. His last win netted him $ 180,000; he decided to get his car situation back on course too, so he dropped some of that cash on a new set of wheels: a luxury Mercedes G-Wagon.

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UFC President Dana White was, however, less than impressed with Pettis’ purchase. He said he himself purchased the G-Wagon … and returned it after two days.

I hate to be Debbie downer but I Had mine for 2 days and returned it. They are pieces of shit kid. There are 1,000 cars/trucks u can buy that are less money and much better.


What do you think of Dana White’s comment? Was that candid advice welcome, or was it uncalled for?


Insomnia

ATT strength and conditioning coach Phil Daru finished up Joanna Jedrzejczyk’s camp with these powerful-looking drills. I talked to Phil about Joanna’s conditioning on my podcast, the MMA Outsiders. Listen on SoundCloud as well as iTunes and Stitcher, on the official MMA Mania channel! Joanna comes up around the 1:08 mark.

It’s not all hard work, though. Camp involves fun in the sun, too:

Enjoying life | Ciesząc się życiem #thestrawweightqueen #joannachampion #joannajedrzejczyk #floridalife #enjoyinglife

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Is this the last we have seen of Artem Lobov?

Machida’s finest hour. Can he replicate this kind of performance at 39 against Derek Brunson?

Ian McCall is talking shit again now that he got his release from UFC.

#herecometheinstacoaches is a great hashtag. I just like the body work.

I agree, UFC heavyweight Chase Sherman.

This is an undefeated bantamweight fighter known as Mark “The Bumblebee” De La Rosa out of Forth Worth, Texas. And I’m not sure at all what he’s doing here.

Rampage continues the online quest to protect his girl from Nick Diaz.

This shit killed me

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Bob Arum’s comments on UFC being a monopoly (and now a desperate one) aren’t without self-interest, but he does make a legitimate point about low UFC fighter pay:

Josh Thomson, whose old American Kickboxing Academy friend Jon Fitch is currently in an anti-trust lawsuit against UFC, agrees.

I’ll believe Holly wants this fight when they step into the Octagon. To be fair, the UFC should pay up for anyone willing to step in the Octagon with Cyborg Justino.

This is horrific: A woman is knocked out cold on the sidewalk and all people do is take pictures and video of her. Black Mirror isn’t fiction any more.

Ronda Rousey plays video games, too:

Had a blast playing the new #assassinscreedorigins on #Xboxonex for #xboxlivesessions yesterday!

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McGregor is on top of the world (as usual) for Halloween.

Happy Halloween kids. Stay fresh

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Slips, Rips, and KO Clips

Before we get to knockouts, enjoy some Demian Maia!

And some stretching, always necessary before an athletic endeavor.

Alright, knockouts:

This body shot shut him down entirely:

That Aaron Pico knockout was awesome, but the truly scary one is at the end, because it resulted in a fractured skull:


Podcasts and Video

Alright, you know I’ve got to put it here: One last chance to hear Andrew Richardson’s technical analysis on The MMA Outsiders podcast:

Just a note: If anyone has something to advertise to a niche MMA audience, we are currently looking for sponsors.

Machida-Brunson predictions with Flyin’ Brian J:

Watch Lyoto Machida work out in sunglasses (for some reason) and the Brazilian fans chant death at Colby Covington:

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Quick Hits


Random Land

Eat your heart out, Sage Northcutt:

So this was very funny, and more than a little disturbing …

Some things are too cute to not post here.

Stay woke, Maniacs! Follow me on Twitter and Facebook @Vorpality

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UFC Fight Night 114 Results: Sergio Pettis Finally Lives Up to His Potential

It’s time for the main event of UFC Fight Night 114, which means Sergio Pettis has the spotlight shining brightly on him and there’s no room for the shadow of his older, much more accomplished brother Anthony to intrude. That’s the theory, at least. In reality, we’ve always gazed upon Sergio through a lens filtered […]

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