Dustin Poirier takes on Anthony Pettis in the main event of UFC Fight Night 120 on Saturday night in Virginia on FS1. Poirier comes into this bout at 21-5-1 and off a no-contest against Eddie Alvarez at UFC 211 in May, while Pettis is 20-6 and coming off a win against Jim Miller at UFC 213 in July. There are six fights on the main card on FS1 and seven on the preliminary card, with four on FS1 and three on UFC Fight Pass. Let’s look at the card, with a focus on the main event between Poirier vs. Pettis and the co-main event between Matt Brown and Diego Sanchez.
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Poirier vs. Pettis
Poirier is coming off a fight against Alvarez in May in which Alvarez landed illegal knees to Poirier’s head and the bout was declared a no-contest. Poirier has won five of his last six fights overall and he has won five of his last seven bouts by knockout. Before the no-contest against Alvarez, Poirier defeated Jim Miller at UFC 208 by majority decision. Poirier fought three times last year, with wins over Joseph Duffy and Bobby Green and a loss against Michael Johnson.
Poirier has been a finisher in his career, as he has ten wins by knockout and six by submission. He has 12 first round finishes.
Pettis is 20-6 in his career with half of his wins coming by knockout. He is coming off a win over Miller in July but Pettis is just 4-4 in his last eight bouts and just 2-4 in his last six fights.
Pettis is also known as a finisher, as he has ten knockout wins and six submission wins.
UFC PicksThis should be an excellent main event, as both fighters have shown the ability to finish. These two have been on a collision course for a while and the winner will be in a good position in the lightweight division. I lean slightly toward Poirier, as he is in better form, but I think the better pick is to simply take the rounds to go under, as it is unlikely this fight goes to a decision.
Matt Brown vs. Diego Sanchez
Brown comes into this fight at 20-16 overall and 13-10 in the UFC, while Sanchez is 27-10 overall and 16-10 in the UFC. Brown has lost three straight and four of his last six, while Sanchez is 2-3 in his last five bouts. Brown said he was going to retire after this fight but he is rethinking that decision. “I’m not 100 percent sure that it is the right time for me to walk away, I’ve chosen to right now, but it’s not necessarily set in stone.” Brown said on the Cage Side Submissions podcast.
Brown has not fought in almost a year but he said he is in great shape and ready to roll. “I just really love fighting. It is a good feeling knowing that I have put in the time and if I do want to just take some time off, like I have in the past year, that’s ok and I can do that, and I can still come back, and I’m a co-main event here so, that’s a really good feeling.”
Brown said Sanchez is going to struggle at 170 pounds. “He’s done all that he can do I think, and coming back to 170 is not the answer for him. I think it’s going to be a big mistake for him, too much power, too much strength. Everyone thinks it’s going to be a fan friendly fight, I think it’s just going to be me beating Diego up the whole time.”
If we believe what Brown is saying then he is the right side in this fight and why not, as Sanchez hasn’t done anything of note, so this fight may come down to motivation, and it looks like Brown has more of it than Sanchez.
UFC Fight Night 120 takes place on Saturday, November 11 at the Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Virginia, featuring Dustin Poirier taking on Anthony Pettis. There are six fights on the main card on FS1 and seven on the preliminary card, with four on FS1 and three on UFC Fight Pass.
Main Card (FS1)
Dustin Poirier vs. Anthony Pettis
Matt Brown vs. Diego Sanchez
Andrei Arlovski vs. Junior Albini
Nate Marquardt vs. Cezar Ferreira
Raphael Assuncao vs. Matthew Lopez
Joe Lauzon vs. Clay Guida
Preliminary Card (FS1)
John Dodson vs. Marlon Moraes
Tatiana Suarez vs. Viviane Pereira
Sage Northcutt vs. Michel Quinones
Angela Hill vs. Nina Ansaroff
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Court McGee vs. Sean Strickland
Jake Collier vs. Marcel Fortuna
Darren Stewart vs. Karl Roberson
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