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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?


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.

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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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Sergio Pettis vs. Brandon Moreno full fight video highlights – UFC Fight Night 114

It was quite the performance for Sergio Pettis last night (Sat., Aug. 5, 2017) at UFC Fight Night 114 live on FOX Sports 1 from inside Arena Ciudad de México in Mexico City, Mexico, when he tactically took out rising contender Brandon Moreno to the tune of a five-round unanimous decision.

It was all Moreno in the early going. After coming out in what can only be called a drunken monkey stance, the 23-year-old Mexican took Pettis down, locked in a nasty body triangle and scored ground-and-pound in bunches. Pettis started to open up a little more in Round 2, landing a few hard head kicks and nearly locking in a triangle choke.

Moreno kept abandoning his ground game in favor of striking with Pettis, who utilized his technicality to outpoint “Baby Assassin.” Pettis whipped Moreno with more head kicks, hard right hands, lead jabs, and counter kicks. The damage took a toll as a cut opened up above Moreno’s right eye. The action temporarily stopped when Pettis inadvertently poked Moreno in the eye early into the fourth. When the fight resumed Moreno became on a little more aggressively by moving inside of the pocket and slinging swooping leather. Moreno was able to land one of his best punches of the fight, but Pettis ate it and remained patient.

Moreno opened up the fifth and final frame with a clean takedown. He didn’t do much damage as Pettis defended nicely, but did earn some much needed top time. That was until Pettis flung him off to bring the action back to the feet. Moreno tried to pour it on late, but it was simply too late. Pettis had done enough already to earn the unanimous decision victory.

Check out the full fight video highlights above courtesy of UFC.

With this win, Pettis has done enough to lock down a UFC flyweight title shot his next time out. He has won four-straight fights and is on the short list of available title contenders who have never faced current champion Demetrious Johnson. At 23 years of age, Pettis is far from a complete fighter, but has shown a higher level of maturity inside of the cage over his past few fights.

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UFC Fight Night 114 results stream live: ‘Pettis vs Moreno’ play-by-play updates

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is back on television TONIGHT (Sat., Aug. 5, 2017) with the UFC Fight Night 114 mixed martial arts (MMA) event on FOX Sports 1, which features a flyweight main event between Sergio Pettis and Brandon Moreno, who battle for a spot in the 125-pound title chase.

In the UFC Fight Night 114 co-main event, held inside Mexico City Arena in Mexico City, Mexico, The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 20 standout Randa Markos looks to cement her place among the 115-pound contenders by turning away the rough-and-tumble (and overweight) Alexa Grasso.

All that and so much more.

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 114 fight card below, starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. ET, and then the remaining undercard balance on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET, before the main card start time at 10 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.

Keep in mind that we will also be the spot for the latest news, recaps, and post-fight analysis following “Pettis vs. Moreno.”

Without further delay, see below for the latest UFC Fight Night 114 results. (Note: This will go from the bottom up; therefore, scroll toward the bottom for the latest detailed round-by-round action.)


Sergio Pettis vs. Brandon Moreno
Randa Markos vs. Alexa Grasso
Alan Jouban vs. Niko Price
Humberto Bandenay vs. Martin Bravo
Sam Alvey vs. Rashad Evans
Alejandro Perez vs. Andre Soukhamthath — Perez def. Soukhamthath by split decision (28-29, 29-28 x2)
Jack Hermansson vs. Brad Scott — Hermansson def. Scott by TKO (punches) at 3:50 of Round One
Dustin Ortiz vs. Hector Sandoval — Ortiz def. Sandoval by KO (punches) at 0:15 of Round One
Henry Briones vs. Rani Yahya — Yahya def. Briones by submission (kimura) at 2:01 of Round One
Jose Quinonez vs. Diego Rivas — Quinonez def. Rivas by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Joseph Morales vs. Roberto Sanchez — Morales def. Sanchez by submission (rear naked choke) at 3:56 of Round One
Alvaro Herrera vs. Jordan Rinaldi — Rinaldi def. Herrera by submission (Von Flue choke) at 2:01 of Round One


125 lbs.: Sergio Pettis vs. Brandon Moreno

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115 lbs.: Randa Markos vs. Alexa Grasso

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Final result:

170 lbs.: Alan Jouban vs. Niko Price

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Final result:

145 lbs.: Humberto Bandenay vs. Martin Bravo

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Final result:

185 lbs.: Sam Alvey vs. Rashad Evans

Round 1: Alvey flat-footed, Evans bouncing on the balls of his feet early on. Leg kick from Evans. Evans ducks a right hook and shoots a minute in. Alvey defending well, lands a hard knee to the body. Hard right hand has Evans ducking in for another takedown attempt. Two minutes in. Alvey using underhooks to good effect, lands an elbow. Right hand from Evans, then chipping body shots. Knee from Alvey. Evans finally gets him to his rear. Two minutes to go.

Alvey gets to a knee, Evans still attached. Back to his feet. He lands another knee and reverses position before separating. One minute to go. Glancing lead uppercut from Alvey. Hard overhand right by Evans. Evans shoots again before the bell and lands a right hand. 10-9 Evans.

Round 2: Alvey plodding forward. Leg kick from Evans. Alvey right hook as Evans circles away. Body kick from Evans, one minute in. Lots of feints, not much action. Two minutes in. Straight left from Alvey, then another that seems to sting Evans. Evans tries to change levels, denied. Evans shoots in for a single-leg, completes it with two minutes to go.

Alvey scrambles to his feet. Good knee from Alvey, Evans changes levels again. He’s still going for it with a minute to go. Knees from Alvey and they separate. Ref tells them to engage. Alvey chasting, stuffs another takedown and lands a knee. 10-9 Alvey.

Round 3:

Final result:

135 lbs.: Alejandro Perez vs. Andre Soukhamthath

Round 1: Perez opens with a 1-2, lighter on his feet than his foe. Leg kick from Soukhamthath. Perez goes for a head kick a minute in. Left hooks connect for Soukhamthath. Perez leg kick. Left hook. Both whiff. Perez presses the advantage and runs headlong into a jab that puts him on his butt. Soukhamthath lets him back up two minutes in. Perez lands three straight leg kicks. Soukhamthath limp-legs out of a single-leg with two minutes to go.

Overhand right lands clean for Perez and Soukhamthath shakes it off. Left hand. Soukhamthath bops him with a good left hook along the fence. Another jab drops Perez and Soukhamthath follows up with a leg kick. One minute to go. Perez ducks in for a takedown and grabs the rear wasistlock, Soukhamthath breaks his grip. 10-9 Soukhamthath on the strength of the knockdowns.

Round 2: Soukhamthath opens with a leg kick. Perez jabbing well. Heavy right hand and another on the counter. One minute in. Inside low kick. Soukhamthath marching after him, blocks a fake takedown. Again he drops Perez with a jab. They’re slugging. Jab and leg kick by Soukhamthath. Two minutes in. To the body now, then upstairs with the left hook. Two minutes to go.

Soukhamthath now checking the leg kicks. A pair of overhand rights drop Soukhamthath and Perez takes top guard. Soukhamthath just holding on, controlling his posture. One minute to go. Perez moves him to the fence and Soukhamthath stands, landing a left hook after eating spinning elbow. 10-9 Soukhamthath.

Round 3: Perez firing his jab, eats a left hook. He ducks in for a single-leg, can’t get it. Check hook from Perez. One minute in. Soukhamthath still on the advance, eats jabs and stuffs another single-leg. Soukhamthath waves him on. Hard combination upstairs. Perez just whiffs on an overhand. Two minutes in. Perez goes back to the legs. 1-2 lands for Soukhamthath, Perez replies wiht a jab. 1-2 and he hauls Soukhamthath to the fence. He completes the takedown with two minutes to go.

Soukhamthath on his rear against the cage. He pops up after forty seconds and Perez pops him with a 1-2 befor eretreating. One minute to go. 1-2-3 from Soukhamthath. Leg kick from Perez. Perez shoots, stuffed, eats punches. Soukhamthath throwing haymakers. They’re going at it on the fence. Soukhamthath tries to jump in with a kick and falls to his back before the bell. 10-9 Perez.

Final result: Perez def. Soukhamthath by split decision

185 lbs.: Jack Hermansson vs. Brad Scott

Round 1: Hermansson light on his feet as usual. Oblique kick. Head kick attempt blocks, low kick lands a minute in. Scott with a right downstairs. Hermansson with a well-timed shot that brings Scott down against the cage. Scott locks up guard and grabs an overhook on the right arm. He transitions to a triangle, but it allows Hermansson to pass to side control and then mount. Scott gives up the back and in go the hooks. Heavy punches from Hermansson with two minutes to go.

Back to mount and the strikes continue to pile up. Elbows, punches, more and more punishment by the Swede. Hermansson postures up and blasts away for another ground-and-pound finish.

Final result: Hermansson def. Scott by TKO (punches and elbows)

125 lbs.: Dustin Ortiz vs. Hector Sandoval

Round 1: Good combo from Sandoval, but a counter right takes his legs out. Ortiz plugs him with punches until the ref steps in.

Final result: Ortiz def. Sandoval by KO (punches)

135 lbs.: Henry Briones vs. Rani Yahya

Round 1: Yahya opens with leg kicks, takes his first shot twenty seconds in. He gets the rear waistlock and takes Briones down, immediately moving to side control. He quickly moves to a north-south choke a minute in. Briones survives and regains half guard. Yahya sets up a kimura, hops to side control, and cranks it for another submission win.

Final result: Yahya def. Briones by submission (kimura)

135 lbs.: Jose Quinonez vs. Diego Rivas

Round 1: Both men send out low kicks early. Oblique kick from Quinonez. Low kick by Rivas, blocks a body kick. He fires one in return. One minute in. Hard leg kick b Quinonez. Rivas right hand falls short. Straight left from Quinonez, followup flurry blocked. Two minutes in. They clinch up and Quinonez puts him on the fence. Knee to the body. They separate with two minutes to go.

Leg kick from Rivas. Lots of feints. Rivas blocks a head kick, fires one that’s blocked in turn. One minute to go. Rivas to the body and follows up with a low kick. Check hook by Quinonez. Rivas leg kick. Another check hook from Quinonez. 10-9 Quinonez.

Round 2: Rivas still struggling to close the distance. Solid leg kick. Body shot and leg kick. Quinonez with a right hook downstairs a minute in. Inside low kick. Short left hand. Quick right hook upstairs. Straight left by Quinonez, who runs into a Rivas right hand two minute sin. Right hand knocks Quinonez off-balance. Both landing solid leg kicks. Two minutes to go.

Check hook again from Quinonez, who catches a body kick for a takedown into guard. Rivas using wrist control, eats an elbow. Quinonez postures up and starts dropping heavy punches with a minute to go. Rivas armbar fails and Quinonez passes to side control. He keeps working until the bell. 10-9 Quinonez.

Round 3: Quinonez still light on his feet, working at range. He’s definitely the busier of the two, lands another sharp right hook. One minute in. Rivas throwing, having issues reaching his foe. Quinonez putting together combinations, not always landing clean but keeping Rivas occupied. Two minutes in. Counter hook by Rivas. Quinonez grabs a body lock, but Rivas hits a throw. Quinonez scrambles up, tries a takedown. Rivas attempts a granby roll but winds up on the bottom. Quinonez goes back to throwing from guard. Rivas goes to his knees with two minutes to go.

Rivas manages to scramble into top position and goes for an anaconda choke. It’s not deep enough and they stand. Whipping left hand from Quinonez. One minute to go. Both block body kicks. Stepping jab lands for Quinonez. Another check hook before the bell. 10-9 Quinonez.

Final result: Quinonez def. Rivas by unanimous decision

125 lbs.: Joseph Morales vs. Roberto Sanchez

Round 1: Sanchez shoots in after about thirty seconds and dumps Morales on his back against the fence. Morales threatens the guillotine to try to stand, Sanchez scrambles through it into guard. One minute in. Sanchez staying heavy as Morales looks for wrist control. Sanchez has Morales’ right arm pinned behind his back, not doing much with it as Morales threatens a high guard. Two minutes in. Morales transitions to a guillotine attempt, uses it to stand, and then flattens Sanchez with a huge 1-2. Morales in pursuit, looking to finish the job. Sanchez goes for a desperate leglock and Morales takes his back with less than two minutes to go.

Full body triangle. Sanchez gets to his knees and Morales cinches up the choke. Sanchez struggles for a bit, but Morales gets the tap.

Final result: Morales def. Sanchez by submission (rear naked choke)

155 lbs.: Alvaro Herrera vs. Jordan Rinaldi

Round 1: Herrera looks a lot bigger than Rinaldi from this angle.

Tentative opening. Herrera checks a leg kick. Lead right by Rinaldi, check hook from Herrera a minute in. Good leg kick from Rinaldi. 3-2 from Herrera blocked. Rinaldi pressed forward and gets dropped by a forearm and headbutt, falling into an anaconda choke as he shoots. Herrera falls back for it, but Rinaldi slips out and takes side control. Rinaldi takes advantage of the headlock to clamp down on a Von Flue choke fro the finish.

Final result: Rinaldi def. Herrera by Von Flue choke

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UFC Fight Night 114 ‘Pettis vs. Moreno’ Play-by-Play, Results & Round-by-Round Scoring

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UFC Fight Night 114: Sergio Pettis, ‘Fighter To Watch’ tonight in Mexico City

The time has come once again for Sergio Pettis to attempt his long-awaited breakout under the brights lights of the Octagon. After a few missed opportunities in the past, Pettis will get his chance to headline an event later tonight (Sat., Aug. 5, 2017) at UFC Fight Night 114 live on FOX Sports 1 from inside Arena Ciudad de México in Mexico City, Mexico, when he takes on surging flyweight contender Brandon Moreno.

This is not only a huge fight for “The Phenom” as he looks to burst out from behind the shadow of brother Anthony Pettis, but it’s an incredible matchup in a 125-pound division dying for fresh title challengers. Whoever is able to escape UFC Fight Night 114 later this evening will more than likely lock down the chance to fight UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson, assuming “Mighty Mouse” is able to get past Ray Borg at UFC 215 on Sept. 9.

Pettis, 23, was one of the most highly-touted prospects in mixed martial arts (MMA) when he made his UFC debut back in 2013. Anthony had given the Pettis family its name in the sport and Sergio was going to take full advantage of that popularity. Unfortunately, “The Phenom” wasn’t able to push his way towards contention with a submission loss to Alex Caceres at bantamweight in 2014 and a knockout loss to Ryan Benoit at flyweight in 2015.

Now that Pettis has won three in a row he’s hoping to become the “new face” of the vastly depleted flyweight division. With youth on his side and an apparent evolution of skill fueling his recent success, Pettis could jump into title contention for the first time with a win over Moreno in Mexico City. If he’s unable to get past “Assassin Baby,” Pettis will be forced back down the flyweight ladder and have his overall potential questioned yet again heading into 2018.

It’s a hell of a lot to think about, especially considering Pettis is competing in his first UFC main event. But if the Duke Roufus protege wants to take the next step towards fighting the pound-for-pound best fighter on the planet he’s going to have to come out victorious in moments like these.

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 114 fight card, starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. ET, and then the remaining undercard balance on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET, before the main card start time at 10 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.

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