The UFC will follow up arguably their best event of the year last week with UFC Fight Night 120. The event takes place at the Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Virginia. The main event takes place in the lightweight division where Dustin Poirier takes on former champion Anthony Pettis.
Poirier is 5-1 in his last six with one no-contest. The no-contest occurred at his most recent fight against Eddie Alvarez at UFC 211. Poirier struck Alvarez in the head with a knee when he had a hand on the mat. Alvarez was unable to continue after the knee so the official decision was a no-contest due to an accidental knee to a downed fighter.
After losing three fights in a row, Anthony Pettis is 2-1 over his last three bouts. His most recent fight was against Jim Miller at UFC 213 where he won by unanimous decision. This is a big fight for Pettis as he looks to get himself back on track in the lightweight division.
The co-main event features long time UFC veteran Matt Brown in what will be his last fight before hanging up the gloves. His final fight is against fellow UFC vet Diego Sanchez. This will be Brown’s thirty-seventh walk and Sanchez’s thirty-eighth. Brown has fallen on hard times of late, losing his last three fights in a row. He will look to walk out of the UFC cage for the final time with a victory. However, it won’t be easy against Sanchez who is 2-2 over his four.
The main card rounds out with Junior Albini taking on veteran Andrei Arlovski who makes the walk for the forty-first time, Nate Marquardt vs. Cezar Ferreira, Raphael Assuncao vs. Matthew Lopez and fan favorites Joe Lauzon vs. Clay Guida.
The early prelims will air on Fight Pass starting at 5:30 PM CT, with Fox Sports 1 taking over at 7 PM CT for the prelims. Keep it on FS1 for the main card starting at 9 PM CT.
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Here are the current odds and my predictions for each fight.
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Dustin Poirier (21-5, 1 NC) vs. Anthony Pettis (20-6) – Lightweight 155 lbs.
Current Odds: Pettis -125; Poirier -105
Pick: Pettis by decision
Matt Brown (22-16) vs. Diego Sanchez (29-10) – Welterweight 170 lbs.
Current Odds: Brown -365; Sanchez +285
Pick: Brown by TKO
Junior Albini (14-2) vs. Andrei Arlovski (25-15, 1 NC) – Heavyweight 265 lbs.
Current Odds: Albini -325; Alovski +255
Pick: Albini by TKO
Nate Marquardt (38-18-2) vs. Cezar Ferreira (12-6) – Middleweight 185 lbs.
Current Odds: Ferreira -280; Marquardt +220
Pick: Ferreira by decision
Raphael Assuncao (25-5) vs. Matthew Lopez (10-1) – Bantamweight 135 lbs.
Current Odds: Assuncao -365; Lopez +285
Pick: Assuncao by decision
Joe Lauzon (27-14) vs. Clay Guida (33-14) – Lightweight 155 lbs.
Current Odds: Guida -125; Lauzon -105
Pick: Guida by decision
John Dobson (20-8) vs. Marlon Moraes (18-5-1) – Bantamweight 135 lbs.
Current Odds: Dobson -120; Moraes -110
Pick: Moraes by decision
Tatiana Suarez (5-0) vs. Viviane Pereira (13-0) – Strawweight 115 lbs.
Current Odds: Suarez -300; Pereira +240
Pick: Suarez by TKO
Sage Northcutt (8-2) vs. Michel Quinones (8-2) – Lightweight 155 lbs.
Current Odds: Northcutt – -175; Quinones +145
Pick: Quinones by Submission
Angela Hill (7-3) vs. Nina Ansaroff (7-5) – Strawweight 115 lbs.
Current Odds: Hill -185; Ansaroff +155
Pick: Hill by decision
Court McGee (19-6) vs. Sean Strickland (18-2) – Welterweight 170 lbs.
Current Odds: Strickland -305; McGee +245
Pick: Strickland by TKO
Jake Collier (10-4) vs. Marcel Fortuna (9-2) – Light Heavyweight 205 lbs.
Current Odds: Fortuna -250; Collier +200
Pick: Fortna by TKO
Darren Stewart (7-1, 1 NC) vs. Karl Roberson (5-0) – Middleweight 185 lbs.
Current Odds: Roberson -225; Stewart +175
Pick: Roberson by decision
Enjoy the fights!
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