UFC Fight Night 120 Replay
It’s been nearly seven years since Anthony Pettis dazzled us all with his patented “Showtime” kick versus Benson Henderson to liquidate WEC 53 in amazing style.
It’s been more than 3 years since Dustin Poirier acted as little more than cannon fodder for the tsunami of buzz surrounding Conor McGregor.
Now, Pettis is almost three years removed from his title reign in the UFC’s lightweight department. “Showtime” dropped the title and lost 3 in a row before shifting to featherweight for a two-fight stint that consisted of a stopped working interim title bid against Max Holloway. Pettis has won one fight considering that his go back to the light-weight department, but he’s a weak 2-4 over his last six fights and simply 7-5 since that special day at WEC 53.
On the other hand, Poirier has actually seen his stock increase since the loss to McGregor. He had been 8-2 going into the fight with the Irishman, and his UFC resume already consisted of a victory over future champ Holloway. After McGregor, Poirier has gone on to collect five wins, a no-contest and simply one defeat. He’s completed entirely at light-weight for this stretch, and his list of victims includes Yancy Medeiros, Joseph Duffy, Bobby Green and Jim Miller. He fell versus Michael Johnson and drew a no-contest call against Eddie Alvarez.
It would appear these men are headed in opposite directions, but momentum is a fickle thing. Can Pettis reverse course and make it back-to-back triumphes in his go back to 155 pounds? Can Poirier lastly take the scalp of another top-level challenger?
The UFC’s trip to Norfolk, Va., likewise consists of a variety of really familiar names to anybody who has tuned into the promotion’s events over the last years or more. Matt Brown meets Diego Sanchez at welterweight, heavyweight Andrei Arlovski returns to action versus Junior Albini, Nate Marquardt battles fellow middleweight Cezar “Mutante” Ferreira, Joe Lauzon clashes with lightweight scrapper Clay Guida, and 2 interesting bantamweight affairs happen when Raphael Assunção fulfills Matthew Lopez on the main card and John Dodson locks horns with Marlon Moraes on the prelims.
The UFC Fight Night 120 initial card truly is filled, too. Beyond Dodson and Moraes, fans will have the chance to enjoy a ladies’s strawweight affair featuring Tatiana Suarez and Viviane Pereira, along with separate bouts featuring Angela Hill and Sage Northcutt.
The action kicks off at 6:30 p.m. ET with 3 battles on UFC Fight Pass. Then it’s off to cable for 4 prelim bouts on Fox Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET. Lastly, the primary card gets underway at 10 p.m. ET, also on FS1.
UFC Fight Night 120 Fight Card
Darren Stewart vs Karl Roberson
Jake Collier vs Marcel Fortuna
Court McGee vs Sean Strickland
Fox Sports 1 Preliminary Card
Angela Hill vs Nina Ansaroff
Sage Northcutt vs Michael Quinones
Tatiana Suarez vs Viviane Pereira
John Dodson vs Marlon Moraes
Joe Lauzon vs Clay Guida
Raphael Assuncao vs Matthew Lopez
Nate Marquardt vs Cezar Ferreira
Junior Albini vs Andrei Arlovski
Matt Brown vs Diego Sanchez
Dustin Poirier vs Anthony Pettis