The UFC’s lightweight title picture may be a total mess right now with the aftermath of Conor McGregor’s boxing debacle but ranking action is still going on with this weekend featuring #8 Dustin Poirier vs. #13 Anthony Pettis. UFC Fight Night 120, aka UFC Fight Night: Poirier vs. Pettis, takes place November 11th at the Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, VA with three prelims webcast at UFC Fight Pass, four prelims and the six-fight main card broadcast on Fox Sports 1.
Dustin Poirier earned the #8 ranking with a record of 21-5, 13-4 in the Octagon. In the past four years Poirier has only lost to current champion Conor McGregor and #9 ranked Michael Johnson while since the Johnson fight Poirier defeated Jim Miller and suffered a “no contest” against former champion and #4 ranked Eddie Alvarez. Former champion Pettis lost the belt to Rafael dos Anjos in March 2015 then struggled trying to drop to featherweight. In July Pettis returned to lightweight where he defeated Miller by unanimous decision.
The co-main event goes to unranked TUF vets Diego Sanchez and Matt Brown. 20-16 Brown is a fan favorite from Season 7 but over the past three years he has gone 1-5 in the UFC with his only victory being over Tim Means, his most recent loss being to Donald Cerrone. Season 1 vet Sanchez holds a record of 29-10 with a three-year record of 2-3. After defeating Bellator standout Marcin Held by unanimous decision last November Sanchez returned to lose to Al Iaquinta by first-round TKO in April.
Arguably the most interesting fight of the night headlines the undercard as #8 ranked bantamweight John Dodson takes on former WSOF champion and #9 ranked Marlon Moraes. Dodson faced Demetrious Johnson for the flyweight title twice losing the first unanimous decision in January 2013, the second in September 2015. Dodson has since returned to bantamweight where he has gone 2-1 with a win over Manvel Gamburyan, loss to #5 ranked John Lineker, and win over #12 Eddie Wineland. 18-5 Moraes holds the #9 ranking despite his only fight in the UFC being a loss to Raphael Assuncao in June by split decision. In WSOF Moraes went 11-1 including taking the inaugural title and defending it five times before moving up to the UFC.
Prelims at UFC Fight Pass
- MW: Darren Stewart vs. Karl Roberson
- LHW: Jake Collier vs. Marcel Fortuna
- WW: Court McGee vs. Sean Strickland
Prelims on Fox Sports 1
- W Strawweight: Angela Hill vs. Nina Ansaroff
- LW: Sage Northcutt vs. Michel Quinones
- W Strawweight: Tatiana Suarez vs. Viviane Periera
- BW: John Dodson vs. Marlon Moraes
- LW: Joe Lauzon vs. Clay Guida
- BW: Rachel Assuncao vs. Matthew Lopez
- MW: Nate Marquardt vs. Cezar Ferreira
- HW: Andrei Arlovski vs. Junior Albini
- WW: Matt Brown vs. Diego Sanchez
- LW: Dustin Poirier vs. Antony Pettis