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Sage Northcutt focused solely on UFC career with college no longer holding him back

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NORFOLK, Va. – Something to consider for those who forgot how young Sage Northcutt really is: While other fighters talk about recovering from broken bones or torn ligaments, the 21-year-old from Texas can’t stop talking about how good he feels after having his tonsils and wisdom teeth removed.

After his unanimous-decision victory over Michel Quinones (8-3 MMA, 0-2 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 120, words like “amazing” and “blessing” came tripping off Northcutt’s tongue, which is hardly a surprise for the youthful and exuberant young fighter.

But if you ask Northcutt (9-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC), the real difference in his life now as opposed to when he made his UFC debut may be one of focus.

As he was quick to point out after his victory at Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va., on Saturday night, when fans got their first look at him he was still splitting his time between training and school. Now he’s not only more mature as a fighter, he’s also more single-minded in his pursuits.

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“Since my very first fight in the UFC, it was about two years ago, I was 19 years old,” Northcutt told MMAjunkie. “I was studying in school at the same time. I was coming out of high school. I was actually in college at Texas A&M University, so my very first fight, I was doing school at the same time. My next few fights, I was in school. But now I’ve withdrawn from school, and I’m focusing full-time on the UFC and fighting. Now I’m training at Team Alpha Male, one of the best teams in the world, and I’m growing as a fighter, getting better and better.”

According to Northcutt, he first connected with Team Alpha Male founder Urijah Faber via Instagram. The training he’s gotten there has helped him improve his overall game, he said, and his return to lightweight has helped him get back on the winning track after two losses at welterweight.

“I’m working my way up, one fight at a time,” Northcutt said. “I’m back down at lightweight, undefeated at lightweight, so that’s a blessing. I’ve been 4-0 as a lightweight. … Obviously in the future, I’m going to be looking forward to getting a belt and having Team Alpha Male there with me.”

As for his overall trajectory in the UFC, Northcutt was quick to point out that, despite his two years of UFC experience, seemingly all of which has come in the glare of the spotlight, he’s still a young fighter. That means that, while he may make some mistakes along the way, there’s also a lot of potential for growth still to come.

“I am still a kid, 21 years old right now,” Northcutt said. “I was the youngest person in the UFC to come in and win their first fight in the UFC. … I’m still growing, still getting better as a fighter, too.”

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 120, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Andrei Arlovski relieved after UFC Fight Night 120 win: 'Finally I broke the streak of losing'

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NORFOLK, Va. – Former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski relieved a significant amount of pressure from his shoulders Saturday when he snapped a five-fight losing skid with a decision victory over Junior Albini at UFC Fight Night 120.

Arlovski’s (26-15 MMA, 15-9 UFC) UFC career was likely on the line against Albini (14-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC), but he managed to get back in the win column for the first time since September 2015 and credited sticking to his game plan for the result.

“Finally my hard work pays off and for the first time in a long, long time I stick to my game plan,” Arlovski told MMAjunkie after the fight. “It was not 100 percent, but 95 percent. I kept my hands up. Coach told me, ‘Don’t clinch,’ but I clinched a couple times. I’m very happy now.”

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“The Pitbull” had many doubters going into UFC Fight Night 120, which took place at Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va., and aired on FS1. His stretch of defeats came to the likes of UFC champ Stipe Miocic, Alistair Overeem, Josh Barnett, and Francis Ngannou, and a matchup with a hot prospect like Albini was a big test for the 38-year-old.

Arlovski’s experience played to his advantage, but he credited Albini for putting up a tough challenge.

“I have a lot of respect for Junior,” Arlovski said. “I came after the fight to the medical room, and I wished him luck in his future fights. Respect. Tonight it wasn’t personal, it was just business. Tonight I think I needed it more than he does. Of course I look for the KO, but my coach said when I go out, and I just need to keep my hands up. I did this pretty well.”

With 24 UFC bouts on his resume, Arlovski has fought the majority of big names in the heavyweight division. He believes he has a few more years of high-level competition left in him, and he said he will be willing to take on whoever UFC matchmakers throw his way.

“I want to go back home to my wife and my son, but I think I’ll be ready by February or March,” Arlovski said. “Of course it’s up to Dana White and the UFC. 2016 sucks for me, beginning and middle of the year in 2017 was same thing. Finally I broke the streak of losing fights.”

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 120, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Mirko Cro Cop returns, meets Tsuyoshi Kohsaka at Dec. 31 Rizin FF event

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Mirko Cro Cop is coming out of retirement. Again.

The veteran MMA fighter and kickboxer, who’s previously announced multiple retirements of sorts that never quite stuck, is returning to action again.

Risen FF officials today announced Cro Cop (35-11-2) will fight fellow heavyweight Tsuyoshi Kohsaka (29-12-2) on Dec. 31. The event, “Rizin FF 9: World Grand Prix Final Round,” takes place at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, and it steams on FITE TV in North America.

The announcement came on day after Rizin FF President Nobuyuki Sakakibara first mentioned that Cro Cop was returning to action to fight “a few more times” with the promotion (via Instagram):

Cro Cop, a 43-year-old UFC and PRIDE vet, claimed Rizin FF’s 2016 open-weight grand prix title after winning four fights – over the likes of Muhammad “King Mo” Lawal and Amir Aliakbari – to close out last year. It pushed the Croatian striker’s overall winning streak to seven fights. After the tourney win, he hit the sidelines but left open the door for a possible return.

He now meets Kohsaka, a 47-year-old Japanese fighter who’s a vet at both MMA and pro wrestling. He made his MMA debut 23 years ago and has fought some of the biggest names in the sport. Since returning from a nine-year layoff from 2006-2015, the famed grappler and former King of Pancrase is 1-1 with a TKO victory over James Thompson and a decision defeat to Baruto Kaito – both under the Rizin FF banner.

Rizin FF 9 also featured the conclusion of the organization’s men’s bantamweight and women’s atomweight tournaments.

For more on Rizin FF 9, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.


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Karl Roberson 'coming for everybody' as classic UFC climb to top gets underway

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NORFOLK, Va. – Karl Roberson has no problem being honest about his career intentions following a successful UFC debut on Saturday night at UFC Fight Night 120. Why? Because he knows everyone else in the sport is thinking the same.

Roberson (6-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC), who earned a first-round submission victory over Darren Stewart (7-2 MMA, 0-2 UFC) in a UFC Fight Pass-streamed middleweight bout at Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va., is early in his career and has an ambitious mindset. Naturally, that has him gunning for the top.

“Everybody wants the belt,” Stewart told MMAjunkie following his victory. “What’s the point of being in this type of sport if you don’t want to be the best? I’m here to be the best. Top 10, top five, No. 1 (contender), champion. I’m coming for everybody.”

After earning a UFC contract with a 15-second TKO win on Dana White’s Contender Series 3 in August, Roberson said he wanted to deliver big in his official octagon debut.

“The win on the Contender Series was stressful,” Roberson said. “It was like the opening to everything. It either happened, or you’ve got to start all over again. Now I got to the big show; now I can have fun. Now I can show every part of my game. Now it’s time to really enjoy it.”

Roberson, 27, said he felt his ground game was being discounted in the lead-up to the contest. He managed to tap out Stewart in less than 4 minutes, though, and he said future opponents must be aware of what he can do.

“Everyone thinks I’m just a kickboxer; I’m dangerous everywhere,” Roberson said. “When he started wrestling, I got the hip toss on him, I knew we had time left in the round. So when I got his back there’s nothing he can do there.”

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 120, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 120 Athlete Outfitting pay: Highest non-PPV payout in program history

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NORFOLK, Va. – Fighters from Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 120 event took home UFC Athlete Outfitting pay, a program that launched after the UFC’s deal with Reebok, totaling $245,000.

UFC Fight Night 120 took place at Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va. The card aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Seven fighters on the card earned a maximum non-title payout of $20,000, the most of any card thus far in the history of the program.

The full UFC Fight Night 120 UFC Athlete Outfitting payouts included:

Dustin Poirier: $20,000
def. Anthony Pettis: $15,000

Matt Brown: $20,000
def. Diego Sanchez: $20,000

Andrei Arlovski: $20,000
def. Junior Albini: $2,500

Cezar Ferreira: $10,000
def. Nate Marquardt: $20,000

Raphael Assuncao: $15,000
def. Matthew Lopez: $2,500

Clay Guida: $20,000
def. Joe Lauzon: $20,000

Marlon Moraes: $2,500
def. John Dodson: $10,000

Tatiana Suarez: $2,500
def. Viviane Pereira: $2,500

Sage Northcutt: $5,000
def. Michel Quinones: $2,500

Nina Ansaroff: $2,500
def. Angela Hill: $5,000

Sean Strickland: $5,000
def. Court McGee: $10,000

Jake Collier: $5,000
def. Marcel Fortuna: $2,500

Karl Roberson: $2,500
def. Darren Stewart: $2,500

Under the UFC Athlete Outfitting program’s payout tiers, which appropriate the money generated by Reebok’s multi-year sponsorship with the UFC, fighters are paid based on their total number of UFC bouts, as well as Zuffa-era WEC fights (January 2007 and later) and Zuffa-era Strikeforce bouts (April 2011 and later). Fighters with 1-5 bouts receive $2,500 per appearance; 6-10 bouts get $5,000; 11-15 bouts earn $10,000; 16-20 bouts pocket $15,000; and 21 bouts and more get $20,000. Additionally, champions earn $40,000 while title challengers get $30,000.

In addition to experience-based pay, UFC fighters will receive in perpetuity royalty payments amounting to 20-30 percent of any UFC merchandise sold that bears their likeness, according to officials.

Full 2017 UFC-Reebok sponsorship payouts:

Year-to-date total: $5,322,500
2016 total: $7,138,000
2015 total: $3,185,000
Program-to-date total: $15,645,500

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 120, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Fight Tracks: The walkout songs of UFC Fight Night 120

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While it takes intense training, world-class skills and maybe even a bit of luck to register a UFC win, picking the right song to accompany you to the cage is a key talent, as well.

See what the fighters of Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 120 in Norfolk, Va., went with as their backing tracks.

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Dustin Poirier def. Anthony Pettis via TKO (submission due to injury) – Round 3, 2:08

Dustin Poirier: “The Boss” by James Brown

Anthony Pettis: “Showtime” by Jim Jones & Tum Tum

Matt Brown def. Diego Sanchez via knockout (elbow) – Round 1, 3:44

Matt Brown: “The Immortal” by Jasta

Diego Sanchez: “Hall of Fame” by Script feat. WILL.I.AM

Andrei Arlovski def. Junior Albini via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

Andrei Arlovski: “God’s Gonna Cut You Down” by Johnny Cash

Junior Albini: “It’s a Fight” by Three 6 Mafia

Cezar Ferreira def. Nate Marquardt via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

Cezar Ferreira: “Gonna Fly Now” by Bill Conti

Nate Marquardt: “Why Wait” by P.O.D.

Raphael Assuncao def. Matthew Lopez via knockout (punch) – Round 3, 1:50

Raphael Assuncao: “Podo Vir” by Tiago Brasil

Matthew Lopez: “Lunatic Fringe” by Red Rider

Clay Guida def. Joe Lauzon via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 1:07

Clay Guida: “Kickstart My Heart” by Motley Crue

Joe Lauzon: “Move” by Thousand Foot Krutch

Marlon Moraes def. John Dodson via split decision (30-27, 27-30, 30-27)

Marlon Moraes: “Coming Home” by Diddy Dirty Money feat. Skylar Grey

John Dodson: “Children of the Night” by Kids Next Door

Tatiana Suarez def. Viviane Pereira via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)

Tatiana Suarez: “Heads Will Roll” by Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Viviane Pereira: “Pesadao” by IZA

Sage Northcutt def. Michel Quinones via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Sage Northcutt: “Represent” by Lecrae feat. Tedashi

Michel Quinones: “Mi Gente” by J Balvin

Nina Ansaroff def. Angela Hill via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Nina Ansaroff: “Try Everything” by Shakira

Angela Hill: “Battle Hymn” by Manowar

Sean Strickland def. Court McGee via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Sean Strickland: “Star Spangled Banner” by Electric Guitar

Court McGee: “Cinderella Man” by Eminem

Jake Collier def. Marcel Fortuna via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Jake Collier: “Remember My Name” by Maino

Marcel Fortuna: “Shoot to Thrill” by AC/DC

Karl Roberson def. Darren Stewart via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 3:41

Karl Roberson: “New Level” by A$AP Ferg feat. Future

Darren Stewart: “Original Nuttah” by Shy-FX

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 120, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Matt Brown after UFC-Norfolk knockout win: Retirement decision can wait until later

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NORFOLK, Va. – The question of whether Matt Brown’s highlight-reel knockout of Diego Sanchez at UFC Fight Night 120 will be his last will have to wait to be answered.

Brown isn’t ready to make the call yet, despite announcing that Saturday’s appearance would be his last in the octagon.

“To be honest, I’m not even thinking about it right now,” Brown told MMAjunkie after his FS1-televised win at Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va. “It’s not even really a thought in my mind. I’m thinking about enjoying tonight, and we’ll talk about it later.”

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In the cage after his win, Brown (21-16 MMA, 14-10 UFC) said he would discuss the subject of retirement with friends and family before making a final decision. Until the final weeks prior to the fight, that appeared to be made. But then he walked back his declaration that he would call it a career after his meeting with Sanchez (27-11 MMA, 16-11 UFC).

A stellar training camp made Brown reconsider his end date. But there were also plenty of people telling him he shouldn’t hang it up.

“I’ve definitely had more people tell me not to retire than to retire,” Brown said. “But nobody other than me and my family really has any bearing on that – and close friends. So I’m not even going to allow anybody else’s opinions to get into my mind like that.”

Brown’s win not only added another impressive win to his resume. It also snapped a losing skid that likely motivated his decision to give himself one final chance of turning things around.

“Ending (the skid) feels good, but I felt like I needed a finish, because I wasn’t getting the job done, Brown said. “I had to at least show myself that I’m better than I’ve been fighting.”

Now that he’s done that, it’s hard to imagine Brown deciding he’s finished. But that’s a decision he’ll make for himself.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 120, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Dustin Poirier adamant about Eddie Alvarez rematch after TKO win over Anthony Pettis

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NORFOLK, Va. – Dustin Poirier is rooting for Eddie Alvarez to take out surging lightweight Justin Gaethje when they meet next month at UFC 218.

Even after taking out his frustrations on ex-lightweight champ Anthony Pettis (20-7 MMA, 7-6 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 120, Poirier (22-5 MMA, 14-4 UFC) hasn’t forgotten about the chain of events that led him to his fight on Saturday night, and he’s got a score to settle with Alvarez (28-5 MMA, 3-2 UFC).

“I hope Eddie wins, so we can build this up to what it should be,” Poirier told MMAjunkie after his third-round TKO over Pettis in the headliner of Saturday’s fight card at Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va. “I should have (had) an automatic rematch. He shouldn’t have been rewarded with a TV show and more publicity and another big fight against another ranked guy.

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“He cheated and got out of a fight that he was losing, and he should have been forced to run it back with me.”

Poirier is speaking about the no contest declared in his meeting with Alvarez in May at UFC 211. Alvarez landed a trio of illegal knees against Poirier in the second round, but the blows were ruled accidental and no winner was declared. Poirier later appealed the result to no avail.

Poirier hoped to get an immediate rematch with the ex-champ. But instead, Alvarez was booked as a coach opposite Gaethje (18-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) on “The Ultimate Fighter 26,” a setup to a showdown at UFC 218.

The winner of Alvarez vs. Gaethje could be on the short list for a title shot. That’s why Poirier is demanding he first meet the winner of the fight. There’s no hiding the chip on his shoulder or his ambition to cut the line of contenders.

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“I’m the guy who got robbed in that fight,” Poirier said. “(Alvarez) got rewarded.”

After Pettis tapped out in the third round, Poirier immediately walked to the cage and yelled at UFC matchmaker Sean Shelby, ordering him to green light a showdown with the winner of Alvarez vs. Gaethje.

Historically, the rate of success on career demands is far less than 100 percent. But Poirier is certain he’ll get what he wants.

“100 percent,” he said. “I mean, I’ve earned it. I don’t deserve it. I’m not begging for it. I’ve earned it, and then we move on.”

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 120, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Diego Sanchez after brutal KO loss to Matt Brown at UFC-Norfolk: 'I'm not done yet'

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Those pleading for Diego Sanchez to retire after his highlight-reel knockout loss to Matt Brown at UFC Fight Night 120 won’t have their wish granted.

Sanchez (27-11 MMA, 16-11 UFC), who suffered a brutal first-round knockout courtesy of a vicious elbow from Brown (21-16 MMA, 14-10 UFC) in Saturday’s FS1-televised welterweight co-headliner at Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va., said he intends to fight on despite a 3-6 record in his past nine octagon appearances.

“The Nightmare” released an update on social media at the conclusion of the event (via Instagram):

I love y’all fans hope you guys liked the fight, what can I say but it hurts to let down the family. But that’s the fight game. I still have fight in me I’m not done yet I know that @iamtheimmortal what a classy competitor

Sanchez, who was making his 27th UFC appearance at the event after winning Season 1 of “The Ultimate Fighter” in 2005, suffered his third knockout loss in his past four fights. He’d never suffered a true loss due to strikes prior to that, but even his latest streak of results apparently won’t deter him.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 120, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 120 bonuses: Yeah, Dustin Poirier got his money

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Following his thrilling win over Anthony Pettis at Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 120 event, Dustin Poirier shifted his gaze to UFC matchmakers Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard, demanding they award him a $50,000 bonus.

They listened.

Poirier and Pettis were each awarded “Fight of the Night” honors for Saturday’s event, which took place at Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va. Their contest served as the main event of the FS1-broadcast main card following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass, and Poirier took home a third-round TKO.

The headliners weren’t the only fighters to take home an extra check, with both Matt Brown and Rapahel Assuncao also earning an additional $50,000 in the form of “Performance of the Night” awards.

Brown (21-16 MMA, 14-10 UFC) devastated fellow veteran brawler Diego Sanchez (27-11 MMA, 16-11 UFC) in the night’s co-feature, landing a devastating elbow to score a first-round knockout. Meanwhile, Assuncao (27-11 MMA, 16-11 UFC) picked apart Matthew Lopez (10-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) for two full rounds before knocking him out in the third.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 120, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 120 results: Dustin Poirier downs Anthony Pettis in gloriously gory instant classic

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Dustin Poirier (22-5 MMA, 14-4 UFC) and Anthony Pettis (20-7 MMA, 7-6 UFC) delivered on the expectations, engaging in a wildly entertaining fight that saw “The Diamond” take home a third-round TKO in a blood-soaked affair.

The lightweight bout was the main event of today’s UFC Fight Night 120 event at Ted Constant Convocation Center on the Old Dominion University campus in Norfolk, Va. It aired on FS1 following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Poirier took the center at the start, looking to press, but Pettis was there to open with a few powerful kicks to the legs and then up high. A Pettis flying knee just missed, and Poirier then changed levels and quickly drove the action to the floor. Poirier kept the legs wrapped as Pettis patiently worked to a sitting position and looked to crawl to his feet. Poirier stayed heavy on top, and Pettis turned to a kimura, but Poirier reacted well and was able to pull free and move to his opponent’s guard. A slick Pettis sweep created a scramble, and the two moved back to the feet, where both men landed crisp right hands.

Poirier came up short on another takedown, but a nice right hand followed and briefly stumbled Pettis. Poirier turned up the head, and combinations rocked his opponent. Pettis answered with a spinning backfist that stunned his opponent, but Poirier and continued with the assault until the bell.

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Pettis seemed fully recovered to start the second, coming out aggressive and looking to strike. Poirier again turned to the takedown, getting the fight to the floor and battling through a triangle attempt from his opponent. Poirier scored with a few big elbows from the top, slicing open Pettis, who was forced to roll and expose his back. With blood streaming down his face and impacting his vision, Pettis was able to spin inside and take top position, scoring a few big punches and elbows of his own. Wild scrambles followed, with both men covered in blood and battling for position. Eventually, they returned to the feet, where Pettis scored a takedown but was unable to control Poirier, who slipped out the back door and took top position. With blood pooling on the face of Pettis, referee Keith Peterson called time and brought the doctor in to take a look.

Despite a few nasty cuts in dangerous spots, the fight was allowed to continue, and Pettis locked in a dangerous triangle choke in the final seconds. Poirier survived the hold and wound up on top, striking until the bell.

Both men looked battered to start the third, and after a few back-and-forth strikes, Poirier again pushed inside for a takedown. Pettis looked to scramble free, but Poirier was able to slip around to the back and lock in a body triangle. Pettis did well to battle the hands, but as he again tried to spin inside the hold, Poirier transitioned over to mount. The torque was too much for Pettis, and he verbally submitted due to an apparent injury, resulting in a TKO finish.

“It was weird,” Poirier said of the finish. “I thought I was going to get the head-and-arm or rear-naked choke. He was hurt, and I felt the power leave him. You know the point in a fight when a guy gets broken. I do that to a lot of these guys.

“I’m a nasty dude. I love this. This is what I live for. The talking, calling people out and acting crazy? That’s not what I do. I fight.”

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(MMAjunkie’s Matt Erickson contributed to this report on site in Norfolk.)

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UFC Fight Night 120 results: Matt Brown survives near finish, devastates Diego Sanchez

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It didn’t go as long as some might have hoped, but it delivered everything one might expect, as Matt Brown (21-16 MMA, 14-10 UFC) was almost finished but came back to score a first-round knockout of Diego Sanchez (27-11 MMA, 16-11 UFC).

The welterweight bout was the co-main event of today’s UFC Fight Night 120 event at Ted Constant Convocation Center on the Old Dominion University campus in Norfolk, Va. It aired on FS1 following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Sanchez sprinted forward at the start and immediately shot inside for a takedown. Brown sprawled well at the fence and looked to drop in a few elbows but wisely focused on position, instead, keeping himself upright. Sanchez eventually had to back away, and the two looked to strike. Sanchez again changed levels, but Brown was able to push him away with no issue. Another takedown attempt came up short shortly after, and Brown seemed in complete control of the positioning.

A firefight followed, and Sanchez landed a beautiful left kick to the liver that saw Brown wince noticeably, but there was no follow-up attack. It was a terrible mistake, as Brown would catch another kick shortly after and back his opponent to the fence. “The Immortal” then threw a pinpoint right elbow over the top that landed flush to the head and sent Sanchez crashing to the floor. There would be no need for a follow-up blow after the highlight-reel walk-off.

“Diego’s one of my favorite fighters,” Brown said after the win. “I absolutely love the guy. I wish nothing but the best for him. It almost feels bad doing it to him, because I like him so much. That’s the game we play, I guess.”

Brown, who openly discussed retirement prior to the fight, remained non-committal in his post-fight speech.

“Diego’s one of my favorite fighters,” Brown said after the win. “I absolutely love the guy. I wish nothing but the best for him. It almost feels bad doing it to him, because I like him so much. That’s the game we play, I guess.”

“I wanted to focus on this fight and enjoy the moment,” Brown said. “It could be my last fight. I’m closing the door, but I’m not locking it. I want to think hard about what my motivations are and what I want out of this. I want to think about what I do with myself and my life. I love fighting. It’s my favorite thing in the world to do. But do I want to be a championship fighter or just fight? I don’t want to just fight. If I’m not going to be fighting towards a championship, then I’m not going to be fighting.”

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 120 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 120, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s Matt Erickson contributed to this report on site in Norfolk.)


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UFC Fight Night 120 results: Andrei Arlovski staves off retirement, outworks Junior Albini

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With five consecutive losses, Andrei Arlovski (26-15 MMA, 15-9 UFC) knew the importance of his bout with Junior Albini (14-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC), and he outworked the Brazilian prospect to claim a decision win.

The heavyweight bout was part of the main card of today’s UFC Fight Night 120 event at Ted Constant Convocation Center on the Old Dominion University campus in Norfolk, Va. It aired on FS1 following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Arlovski took the center of the cage to start, as the bigger Albini look to fire power shots from the pocket. Arlovski was the quicker man, moving in and out of striking range, while Albini simply tried to load up on the homerun shot when his opponent got in tight. The two moved to the clinch, and Albini was able to control from the outside, but Arlovski was able to slip away without taking any damage.

Arlovski kicked the legs a bit on the restart and began to rifle in combinations, but Albini walked through the blows and continued to answer back with big shots of his own that just narrowly missed. The danger was evident with every strike Albini threw, though Arlovski was able to stick and move in the early going.

Arlovski was light on his feet to start the second, while Albini simply waded forward and looked to load up for the finishing blow. When they moved into the clinch, Albini pressed in from the outside, but there was little action, and the bout was bought back to the center. Albini was quick to move back to the clinch, pressing against the cage, and holding Arlovski against the fence until he finally pressed away and escaped back to the middle. Arlovski continued to show more speed with his strikes, but he was unquestionably playing with fire as he just avoided Albini’s powerful punches.

Albini pressed a bit to start the third but was unable to trap Arlovski against the cage. With the better footwork and slicker movement, Arlovski kept himself just away from Albini’s massive punches. For his part, Albini never seemed hurt or bothered but simply walked forward, looking to land one big shot. Arlovski’s combinations found their mark, and he drew blood from Albini’s nose. Albini received a warning for an eye poke, but we carried on for the final few minutes, where Albini did press a bit with what little energy he had left. Albini landed a bit but couldn’t quite land clean, and the bout ended on the feet, with Arlovski awarded a decision win with scores of 29-28, 30-27 and 30-27.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 120 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 120, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s Matt Erickson contributed to this report on site in Norfolk.)


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UFC Fight Night 120 results: Cezar Ferreira edges out Nate Marquardt, calls out Paulo Costa

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It was a back-and-forth battle, and Nate Marquardt (35-19-2 MMA, 13-12 UFC) ended in fine fashion, but Cezar Ferreira (12-6 MMA, 8-4 UFC) ultimately took home a split-decision win.

The middleweight bout was part of the main card of today’s UFC Fight Night 120 event at Ted Constant Convocation Center on the Old Dominion University campus in Norfolk, Va. It aired on FS1 following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Marquardt took the center of the cage to start the fight, and the taller Ferreira stayed at range, patient to open. Marquardt was the first to really attack, launching a few powerful punches that were blocked, thought it was a Ferreira left that seemed to be the first direct hit.

As the action played out, Ferreira was content to let Marquardt come to him and then unleash big left hands in return. Marquardt’s right eye was busted up early, and he began to take a more measured approach to his attacks. The pace slowed a bit, leading to a restless crowd, but both man was trying to remain disciplined in their approach. Marquardt landed a crisp right late, perhaps his best shot of the round.

The two were again patient to start the second. Ferreira continued to chop the legs a bit, and Marquardt was able to eventually get inside and wrap the body. However, he couldn’t capitalize on the position, and they returned to the center. Following a Marquardt right hand, Ferreira actually looked to bring the fight to the floor but fell short after a brief scramble. Ferreira seemed to be the aggressor late, though both men really were set on waiting to counter. Marquardt again did his best work late, landing a few big right hands and actually knocking Ferreira down just before the bell, creating a wild flurry to close the frame.

With the bout seemingly hanging in the balance in the third, both men came out quick. Ferreira landed a right that stunned his foe and then quickly followed with a big takedown, falling into his opponent’s guard. Marquardt wisely worked to a knee and then his feet, but Ferreira maintained control of the body as they scrambled. Marquardt tried to grab the neck as they stood, but Ferreira lifted his opponent high in the air and slammed him to the floor, popping his head free and moving to side control. Marquardt tried to scramble for the remainder of the round, but Ferreira stayed heavy on top until the end, when he moved to bottom position to try and finish a guillotine. Marquardt capitalized with his only offensive moment of the round, slicing open Ferreira with a nasty elbow right at the bell.

It was too little, too late, though, and Ferreira took home a split-decision win, 28-29, 29-28 and 29-28. Afterward, “Mutante” called for a future fight with fast-rising middleweight contender Paulo Costa.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 120 results include:

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(MMAjunkie’s Matt Erickson contributed to this report on site in Norfolk.)


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Clay Guida gets crowd to help with UFC contract negotiations after first finish since 2011

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It had been nearly seven years since Clay Guida finished an opponent in the UFC.

But in his 25th promotional appearance, and in what he would later claim was the last on his current UFC contract, “The Carpenter” notched a win worth remembering – right before he turned the Norfolk, Va., crowd into his own personal negotiating team.

It started, as so few of Guida’s wins have, with some slick striking. After stunning Joe Lauzon with an early onslaught, Guida (34-17 MMA, 14-11 UFC) dropped him with a right hand uppercut in the bout’s opening moments, then poured on the punishment with punches and elbows on the mat as a bloodied and dazed Lauzon (27-14 MMA, 14-11 UFC) held on as best he could.

The beating arguably stretched on a little too long before referee Mike King finally stepped in to call it off just 67 seconds into the first round, but Guida was quick to pull Lauzon to his feet before making his case for a continued UFC existence in his post-fight interview at UFC Fight Night 120.

Clay Guida's contract is up in the UFC, but is he done? The fans clearly feel some type of way… #UFCNorfolk https://t.co/QxBXJJrpSu

— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) November 12, 2017

“A lot of you guys don’t know this, but I’m pretty sure that was the last fight on my UFC contract,” Guida told UFC commentator Jon Anik after the win. “I want to finish my career here, so if you guys want to see ‘The Carpenter’ doing this for several more years, I want each and every one of you guys to get up and cheer, and I want to hear you guys at home, if you want to see me finish my career in the UFC. Because this is the only show in town.”

Guida then mentioned UFC President Dana White by name, saying he wanted to “come visit (White) in (his) office,” which seemed to meet with the approval of the very vocal crowd in attendance at Ted Constant Convocation Center on the Old Dominion University campus.

Of course, the unstated premise of Guida’s request is that, if the UFC doesn’t give him a new contract, he might be forced to finish his career somewhere else, whether he likes it or not. Especially after a first-round stoppage win, there are bound to be other promotions that might be interested in a fighter like Guida, which makes his public appeal for a new deal even more well timed.

It remains to be seen if the UFC will be as interested in the meeting as Guida and the Norfolk crowd appeared to be. But after polishing off Lauzon in violent fashion, he could hardly have given himself a better shot at one more run in the big show.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 120, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 120 results: Raphael Assuncao chops down, lays out Matthew Lopez

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Raphael Assuncao (26-5 MMA, 10-2 UFC) is sometimes criticized for a lack of exciting fights. Matthew Lopez (10-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) won’t be one of those critics.

Assuncao battered Lopez for the opening two rounds of their matchup before laying him out cold in the third.

The catchweight bout (Lopez missed the bantamweight limit) was part of the main card of today’s UFC Fight Night 120 event at Ted Constant Convocation Center on the Old Dominion University campus in Norfolk, Va. It aired on FS1 following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Assuncao took the center to start, and both men looked comfortable exchanging strikes to start. Both men were swinging hard in the early exchanges, though it appeared Assuncao was getting the best of the work. Neither man looked for a takedown until the final minute, when Lopez wrapped the body and successfully took the action to the floor. However, Assuncao worked quickly back to his feet and landed a knee as they broke away.

Lopez pressed a bit to open, but Assuncao avoided well and landed a nice right hand behind the ear, as well as a snapping low kick to the thigh. Lopez tried to move in and out of range, creating angles, but Assuncao’s slapping inside leg kicks started to take a toll. Lopez tried to score a few kicks of his own, but Assuncao was sharp with counters in both his punches up top and more of those chopping shots to the leg.

Assuncao went immediately back to his opponent’s bruised thigh to start the third. Lopez tried to make something happen, but the Assuncao shots continue to buckle his opponent’s legs. A flying knee missed, but as Lopez looked to slip, Assuncao landed a right hand on the button that sent his opponent crashing to the floor. Assuncao followed but pulled his follow-up with Lopez out cold.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 120 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 120, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s Matt Erickson contributed to this report on site in Norfolk.)


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UFC Fight Night 120 results: Clay Guida dominates Joe Lauzon, calls for meeting with Dana White

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In a battle of two veteran brawlers, Clay Guida (34-17 MMA, 14-11 UFC) turned in one of the best performances of his career, battering Joe Lauzon (27-14 MMA, 14-11 UFC) for a 67-second stoppage.

The lightweight bout opened up the main card of today’s UFC Fight Night 120 event at Ted Constant Convocation Center on the Old Dominion University campus in Norfolk, Va. It aired on FS1 following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Guida did his thing to start, moving frantically and attacking at all levels. Kicks and punches came as Guida moved in and out of range. As Lauzon tried to settle in, Guida scored a big right hand that stunned Lauzon, and an uppercut sent him crashing to the floor. Guida hopped on top and began unloading huge hammerfists on the floor to a stunned Lauzon. In truth, the fight looked as if it could have been stopped at nearly any point, but Guida continued punching away, eventually moving past the legs and driving in big elbows and forearms to seal the deal.

At the stoppage, Guida popped up to celebrate but immediately embraced Lauzon, as well, seemingly bothered by the need to land so many strikes on the floor.

“Joe and I got in the UFC right around the same time,” Guida said after the win. “He’s someone I’ve always looked up to and a fighter I’ve always enjoyed watching. It was great to compete with him.

“It was awesome to get a win that quick. Any time I can put my hands on someone, which I never do, it’s awesome. It’s like hitting a grand slam in the World Series.”

After the impressive performance, Guida revealed the bout was the last of his current UFC contract and called for a meeting with UFC President Dana White to sign a deal that would allow Guida to finish his fighting career in the UFC.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 120 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 120, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s Matt Erickson contributed to this report on site in Norfolk.)


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Combate Americas' Copa Combate live results

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Combate Americas’ one-night, eight-man Copa Combate bantamweight tournament takes place tonight, and you can follow the results on MMAjunkie.

The event, which takes place at the Grand Oasis Cancun in Cancun, Mexico, kicks off with a preliminary card – which includes the tournament quarterfinals – at 9 p.m. ET streaming on NBCSports.com. The main card airs on NBCSN and Telemundo beginning at 11:30 p.m. ET.

The winner of Copa Combate, created as a throwback to UFC 1, will be awarded a $100,000 grand prize.

Full fight card and results below.

NBCSN/TELEMUNDO LIVE SIMULCAST (11:30 p.m. ET):

  • opponent TBA vs. opponent TBA – Copa Combate bantamweight tournament final
  • opponent TBA vs. opponent TBA – Copa Combate bantamweight tournament semifinal
  • opponent TBA vs. opponent TBA – Copa Combate bantamweight tournament semifinal
  • Gloria Bravo vs. Melissa Martinez

NBCSPORTS.COM, 9 p.m. ET

For more on Combate Americas: Copa Combate, visit the UFC Events section of the site.


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Abu Dhabi Grand Slam de Jiu-Jitsu: Os finalistas da faixa-preta no Rio de Janeiro

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Patrick Gáudio superou Xande Ribeiro na decisão dos árbitros para avançar à final até 94kg. Foto: Carlos Arthur Jr.

Nem mesmo o dia cinza e chuvoso na Cidade Maravilhosa espantou os fãs que estavam sedentos para conferir as emoções do Abu Dhabi Grand Slam de Jiu-Jitsu. A Arena Carioca 1 no Parque Olímpico do Rio de Janeiro recebeu, nesse sábado, dia 11 de novembro, os duelos na faixa-preta e marrom.

Após os animados combates entre os futuros professores da arte suave, era chegada a hora da elite do Jiu-Jitsu mundial adentrar as nove áreas montadas na arena. Entre os favoritos, nomes famosos como Xande Ribeiro, Celsinho Venicius e Fernandinho Vieira acabaram no caminho antes de chegarem nas finais, que rolam neste domingo, dia 12, ao vivo no Combate.

Feras como João Miyao, Igor Silva, Isaque Bahiense, Patrick Gáudio e Hugo Marques fizeram bonito no sábado e garantiram vaga nas finais de domingo. Entre as mulheres, Bia Mesquita, Ana Carolina Vieira, Bia Basílio e Cláudia do Val voltam no último dia de evento para lutar em busca do ouro.

Outro destaque para este domingo fica por conta da superluta do Abu Dhabi Legends, entre os ex-atletas do UFC Carlão Barreto (Carlson Gracie) e Rafael Carino (Nova União).

Na divisão de masters, nosso GMI Rogério Poggio (Infight) garantiu o ouro no master 4 até 77kg. Cristiano “Titi”, da BH Rhinos, garantiu seu lugar na final do master 1 até 94kg contra Rubens Pedro (NS Brotherhood), enquanto Cláudio Caloquinha e Sérgio Beninni, dupla da GMI Gracie Barra BH, se encontraram na semifinal do master 1 até 77kg. Caloquinha avançou e enfrenta Sandro Veira (CTA) na final.
Outros GMIs que fizeram bonito na faixa-preta master foram os cascas-grossas Carlos Holanda (Carlos Holanda JJ), Arthur Gogó (GFTeam Cascadura), Alberto Ramos (GFTeam Cachambi) e Sérgio Capella (Laranjeiras Club).

Confira abaixo os finalistas na faixa-preta adulto que entram em ação hoje, no último dia de Abu Dhabi Grand Slam do Rio!

Masculino

56kg – José Carlos Lima (GFTeam) x David Herrera (Soul Fighters)
62kg – João Miyao (Cícero Costha) x Hiago Goerge (Cícero Costha)
69kg – Rafael Mansur (NS Brotherhood) x João Gonçalves (Alliance)
77kg – Hugo Marques (Soul Fighters) x Ricardo Lima (NS Brotherhood)
85kg – Isaque Bahiense (Alliance) x Gustavo “Braguinha” (NS Brotherhood)
94kg – Guilherme Santos (Alliance) x Patrick Gaudio (GFTeam)
110kg – Igor Silva (Commando Group) x Gerard Labinski (NS Brotherhood)

Feminino

49kg – Mayssa Bastos ficou com o ouro (sem oponentes na chave)
55kg – Amanda Nogueira (GFTeam) x Mayara Abraão (GFTeam)
62kg – Bia Mesquita (Gracie Hmaitá) x Bia Basílio (Almeida JJ)
70kg – Ana Carolina Vieira (GFTeam) x Thamara Silva (Cícero Costha)
90kg – Cláudia do Val(De la Riva) x Heloisa Ferreira (Alliance)

UFC Fight Night 120 results: Marlon Moraes gets nod in bizarrely scored split over John Dodson

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Marlon Moraes (19-5-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) recovered from a disappointing UFC debut, standing toe-to-toe with John Dodson (19-9 MMA, 8-4 UFC) and walking away with an oddly scored decision win.

The bantamweight bout closed out the preliminary card of today’s UFC Fight Night 120 event at Ted Constant Convocation Center on the Old Dominion University campus in Norfolk, Va. It aired on FS1 following additional prelims on UFC Fight Pass and ahead of a main card on FS1.

Moraes started quickly, chopping the leg at the opening bell and looking to bully the smaller man. Dodson looked to counter with speed, moving in and out of range, but Moraes continued his steady diet of kicks to all levels. Dodson was the first to land flush, landing a left hand straight down the middle that sent Moraes to the floor, but he quickly popped back up and seemed fully recovered.

A nasty Moraes low kick then landed flush to the groin, forcing a timeout as Dodson dry-heaved a bit but insisted on continuing as quickly as possible. Moraes seized back a little momentum on the restart, and Dodson appeared a bit hesitant. A Moraes eye poke drew another warning in the final seconds, and both men seemed a little agitated at the bell.

The pace was quick to start the third, with both men winging heavy punches. Moraes’ right hand started to find its range as Dodson tried to dart in and out of the pocket. A Dodson takedown saw Moraes attack the leg, forcing a scramble and a restart on the feet. Dodson continued to fight with a scowl on his face, and the pace remained high. Moraes was the one moving forward, but Dodson countered at every opportunity, continuing his relentless movement.

With the first rounds so tightly contested, both men needed to capitalize in the third. Moraes again controlled the center, but Dodson was able to move in and out range with continued success. Moraes briefly slipped in the center, and Dodson tried to flurry on an off-balance opponent, but Moraes eventually recovered and reset. Dodson started to find real success in the closing minutes, with Moraes’ output slowing just a touch. Moraes looked for a late takedown, and the referee called for a surprisingly fast restart. With just seconds remaining, Moraes latched on to a guillotine choke, falling to his back, and Dodson appeared to tap just slightly after the end of the round, bringing a thrilling close to an entertaining contest.

In the end, one judge thought Dodson earned all three rounds, but the other two gave Moraes scores of 30-27, awarding him the split nod. Afterward, Moraes had strong words for fellow bantamweight contender Jimmie Rivera, challenging him to a Dec. 30 meeting.

“I fight with my heart in there and listen to my coaches,” Moraes said after the win. “I really put my heart in there, and my coaches all think I won, so I think I won. His style is a little bit unique, but I wasn’t impressed at all. People have hit me harder and faster, but he did have a different style.

“Jimmie Rivera is the fight to make. We were supposed to fight, but he didn’t want to fight me. Let’s fight. He has no opponent.”

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 120 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 120, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s Matt Erickson contributed to this report on site in Norfolk.)

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