UFC Fight Night 120 Results: Live Updates, Highlights, and Reaction
Dustin Poirier defeated Anthony Pettis in the main event at UFC Fight Night 120 when the latter suffered an apparent rib injury. Pettis tapped out as Poirier was transitioning to the mount, drawing to a close what had been a wild and thrilling affair. The co-main event lacked the same back-and-forth action, but provided a memorable finish by Matt Brown, who turned out the lights on Diego Sanchez with a vicious elbow. Scroll down for a recap of each fight from UFC Fight Night 120.
- November 12, 2017
Poirier's Plan Was Made Explicit After the Win
He wasn't asking for his next opponent. He was booking the fight.
And Here's the End of the Fight Itself
The win for Poirier is called a TKO despite the tap because it came in response to an injury.
Poirier Celebrates the Victory
- Invalid Date
- November 12, 2017
Dustin Poirier Def. Anthony Pettis, TKO (Round 3, 2:08)
Dustin Poirier vs. Anthony Pettis: Round 3
As in Round 2, Poirier wastes little time before shooting and taking Pettis to the canvas, where he takes the back and wraps on a body-triangle. Poirier transitions to mount and during the transition Pettis begins grimacing, then he taps. After Poirier dismounts, Pettis grabs his midsection and remains down while he's attended to.
Dustin Poirier vs. Anthony Pettis: Round 2
Poirier goes to the early shot, elevating Pettis near the fence and planting him onto the mat. Pettis threatens with a triangle, nearly wrapping it on, but Poirier escapes and opens a cut on Pettis' face. Poirier moves to the back and begins looking for a choke, but Pettis spins into top-position and drops a couple hard elbows on his opponent's face. He then climb onto the back, but slips off the top and Poirier is back in the dominant position. The wild scrambling continues until time is called so the doctors can check on Pettis' bleeding, which is pooling blood into his eyes. Pettis is aloud to continue, and is restarted with Poirier in the guard. He threatens with a triangle and gets it deep, but Poirier somehow manages to escape and finish the round with a few big left hands.
Bleacher Report scores Round 2: 10-9 Poirier
Dustin Poirier vs. Anthony Pettis: Round 1
After some initial skirmishing, Pettis lands the first significant strike of the match, jumping up for a knee and putting a right hand behind it. Poirier responds with a takedown, fighting through a guillotine and kimura to establish top-position. Pettis sweeps, which leads to a scramble and both men are back up. Pettis takes advantage of the space, scoring with a knee an a pair of straight punches. Poirier comes back with a right hook before Pettis hammers him with a bodykick. Both fighters throw heavy fire at one another with 30 seconds remaining, Poirier landing a barrage of punches that put Pettis in trouble near the end of the round.
Bleacher Report scores Round 1: 10-9 Poirier
Dustin Poirier vs. Anthony Pettis
Brown Was Noncommittal When Asked About Retirement
But if he goes out, he'll do so holding the record for most stoppages at welterweight.
Here's the Finish from Brown
A Technical Glitch Sort or Detracted from That Finish...
But the replay showed just how vicious it was.
Matt Brown vs. Diego Sanchez, Knockout (Round 1, 3:44)
Matt Brown vs. Diego Sanchez: Round 1
Sanchez rushes out, popping Brown with a right hand and dropping for a single-leg. Brown defends, eventually separating and moving to the center of the cage. Sanchez shoots again, but again fails to complete the maneuver. A big kick to the gut from Sanchez paralyzes Brown for a moment, but he's able to hide it well enough to recover. The next time Sanchez kicks, Brown catches it and walks him over to the fence. He lets go of the foot to crush Sanchez with an elbow, spilling him onto the floor, unconscious.
Matt Brown vs. Diego Sanchez
Arlovski Gets the Nod
Arlovski Needed a Win Like Few Fighters Need a Win
Andrei Arlovski Def. Junior Albini, Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Junior Albini vs. Andrei Arlovski: Round 3
Albini presses forward, landing an uppercut. Both fighters land straight punches, Arlovski's hitting with more impact. Time is called when Arlovski is poked in the eye, but the break is brief and Arlovski gets right back to work. Albini fires back with a left hook. The pace has picked up through the last couple minutes, but the momentum peters out when Albini is caught with a low-blow. Back to it, Albini ties up and grabs for a takedown. Arlovski defends against the fence, staying up.
Bleacher Report scores Round 3: 10-9 Arlovski Bleacher Report scores the fight: 29-28 Arlovski
Junior Albini vs. Andrei Arlovski: Round 2
Albini advances methodically, allowing Arlovski to peck at his forearms. He forces a tie up, but that just leads to a reset. Undeterred, Albini ties up again, much to the chagrin of the crowd. This time he at least lands some knees to the thighs before Arlovski pushes off to land a right hand. Arlovski adds a couple punches to the body and goes high for another right.
Bleacher Report scores Round 2: 10-9 Arlovski
Junior Albini vs. Andrei Arlovski: Round 1
A left hand from Albini just glances the chin of Arlovski, but the Belorussian comes back with a cleaner right hand of his own. Arlovski connects with another right to the face, then follows with another to the ribs. Albini ties up, but nothing much comes of it, and the fighters return to open space. The Brazilian hits with a left hand and knee, then another left hand. He adds a few short punches from close quarters, rattling Arlovski's head around.
Bleacher Report scores Round 1: 10-9 Albini
Junior Albini vs. Andrei Arlovski
Ferreira with a Callout
And the Decision Announcement
Here's the Shot That Set Up the Early Takedown for Ferreira
Cezar Ferreira Def. Nate Marquardt, Split Decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Nate Marquardt vs. Cezar Ferreira: Round 3
Ferreira cracks Marquardt right out of the gate. Rather than pursue the finish he opts for an easy takedown and gets into his opponent's guard. After absorbing several punches, Marquardt works back to his feet. Ferreira takes him down again though, fighting through a guillotine to secure side-control. Ferreira works some pitter-patter strikes, but stays busy enough to keep the referee from intervening. The Brazilian moves to north-south and smacks the ribs of Marquardt, but his attempt finish with a guillotine results instead with Marquardt getting on top and opening a canyon of a cut on his face right before the horn.
Bleacher Report scores Round 3: 10-9 Ferreira Bleacher Report scores the fight: 29-28 Ferreira
Nate Marquardt vs. Cezar Ferreira: Round 2
The second round continues the lethargic pace of the first, prompting the crowd to sound its displeasure. Marquardt tries to do something novel by shooting for a takedown, but that just leads to positional fighting against the fence. Ferreira takes his turn looking for the takedown, but finds no more success than his opponent did. Marquardt steps in and lands a left hand, but it doesn't assuage the crowd. His next connection is more significant and leads to a combination that sees him drop the Brazilian right before the horn.
Bleacher Report scores Round 2: 10-9 Marquardt
Nate Marquardt vs. Cezar Ferreira: Round 1
Nearly a minute passes before either fighter throws a strike. When the inactivity is broken, it's broken by Marquardt, who bounces some punches off Ferreira's forearms. Ferreira pumps a cross before stuffing a takedown and attacking with a couple leg-kicks. Marquardt continues to move forward, exploding and retreating. He manages to take out a leg with kick, but Ferreira pops up quickly.
Bleacher Report scores Round 1: 10-9 Ferreira
Nate Marquardt vs. Cezar Ferreira
If Assuncao Doesn't Earn a Title Shot with the Win There Are Several Viable Options
Jimmie Rivera and Cody Garbrandt among them.
Assuncao Made His Case for a Trilogy with Dillashaw
Here's the KO from the Brazilian
Raphael Assuncao Def. Matthew Lopez, Knockout (Round 3, 1:50)
Raphael Assuncao vs. Matthew Lopez: Round 3
Assuncao goes straight back to the leg-kick, honing in on the visible target he's made on the thigh. He lands again, buckling Lopez leg for a brief moment. Lopez tries to recover momentum with a takedown, but he's stuffed, then hoofed in the leg. Assuncao then jumps up for a knee and misses it, but follows up with a massive right hand that leaves Lopez unconscious on the mat.
Raphael Assuncao vs. Matthew Lopez: Round 2
A right hook and a heavy leg-kick hit for Assuncao in the early going of the second frame. He adds a hard left hook before slamming his shin back against his opponent's leg twice more. Lopez seeks a takedown, but he's rebuffed, and the fighters move back to open space where Assuncao lands another leg-kick. After Lopez comes back with a couple kicks of his own, Assuncao lands a hard left hand to the face and another brutal leg-kick, adding to the design he's tattooed on his opponent's thigh.
Bleacher Report scores Round 2: 10-9 Assuncao
Raphael Assuncao vs. Matthew Lopez: Round 1
Lopez sneaks a left hand by his foe's defense for the first connection of the fight. He lands again before Assuncao blitzes in to connect with a straight right. Assuncao then feints a takedown and cracks Lopez with a left hook, his cleanest shot of the match. An uppercut is the response from Lopez a few moments later, then a takedown. Assuncao stands before any damage is done.
Bleacher Report scores Round 1: 10-9 Assuncao
Raphael Assuncao vs. Matthew Lopez
Guida Dominated the Fight, and the Post-fight Interview
The Combo That Led to the Finish
Guida Scores a Rare Knockout
Clay Guida Def. Joe Lauzon, TKO (Round 1, 1:07)
Joe Lauzon vs. Clay Guida: Round 1
A couple of chopping leg-kicks land for Guida, who follows up with a pair of winging hooks that put a wobble into Lauzon's step. Guida follows up with another couple punches, felling Lauzon. Guida continues to pound away on the fallen fighter until the referee eventually steps in to call the action.
Joe Lauzon vs. Clay Guida
Here's the Decision for Moraes
Moraes Has a Somewhat...intense Post-fight Interview
Marlon Moraes Def. John Dodson, Split Decision (30-27, 27-30, 30-27)
John Dodson vs. Marlon Moraes: Round 3
It's a tense beginning to Round 3, neither fighter offering significant offense through the opening minute. Moraes lands a leg-kick and right hand before the pace slackens once again. After a few light strikes from Moraes, Dodson doubles up on his left hand. Moraes tries to leave an impression on the judges with a late takedown, but Dodson defends with help from the fence. The referee quickly intervenes, allowing Moraes to wrap on a guillotine. Dodson taps, but not before the fight ends, so we go to a decision.
Bleacher Report scores Round 3: 10-9 Moraes Bleacher Report scores the fight: 29-28 Moraes
John Dodson vs. Marlon Moraes: Round 2
Both men throw leather at the outset of the second period. Moraes cracks Dodson's ribs with a hard right hand, then lands the same strike to the face. Moraes lands a bodykick, then Dodson lands one before taking Moraes to the mat. Dodson is unable to maintain position, Moraes popping up immediately. The same sequence repeats, and the action returns to the feet. Moraes takes his turn completing a takedown, but he's not able to do any more than Dodson did with his.
Bleacher Report scores Round 2: 10-9 Moraes
John Dodson vs. Marlon Moraes: Round 1
Moraes focuses on chopping at the lead leg early, hitting Dodson with some kicks in the opening minute. Dodson lands a left hand that crumples Moraes, but the wounded fighter pops up quickly and looks to have weathered the assault. Unfortunately his reprisal is a low-blow, drawing a pause to the action. When we resume, Dodson scores with a right hand. In the next exchange, Moraes puts a finger in Dodson's eye, causing another brief timeout.
Bleacher Report scores Round 1: 10-9 Dodson
John Dodson vs. Marlon Moraes
Suarez Reaffirms Her Contender Status
Tatiana Suarez Def. Viviane Pereira, Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Tatiana Suarez vs. Viviane Pereira: Round 3
This time it takes Suarez a full minute to put Pereira onto the canvas. She moves to side-control and drops some elbows. Not content with the position, Suarez climbs into mount and proceeds with her elbows, adding some punches into the mix. Pereira improves positions, but Suarez then transitions to her back, peppering her with over-the-shoulder punches, then looking for an armbar as time expires.
Bleacher Report scores Round 3: 10-8 Suarez Bleacher Report scores the fight: 30-25 Suarez
Tatiana Suarez vs. Viviane Pereira: Round 2
After having success on the mat in Round 1, Suarez looks for a takedown to begin Round 2. Pereira defends, but opts to drop for a guillotine and losing it. Suarez takes advantage by posturing in the half-guard and dropping ground and pound. Suarez advances to mount and begins putting some power behind her shots. Rather than wilt, Pereira furiously looks to buck her way free and manages to get to a better position, though fails to get Suarez off her entirely. Suarez concludes the round with a pair of hard right hands.
Bleacher Report scores Round 2: 10-8 Suarez
Tatiana Suarez vs. Viviane Pereira: Round 1
Suarez quickly looks to leverage her considerable size advantage in the clinch, but Pereira breaks free. She traps Suarez in a guillotine, but Suarez weathers the danger and completes a takedown, moving to side-control. Pereira offers some submission attempts from the bottom, but nothing doing. Instead, Suarez moves to the back, placing in her hooks. From there, she looks for a choke, mixing in punches whenever Pereira commits to defending.
Bleacher Report scores Round 1: 10-9 Suarez
Tatiana Suarez vs. Viviane Pereira
Northcutt Celebrates His Win the Only Way He Knows How
Northcutt Looked Excellent After His Brief Layoff
Sage Northcutt Def. Michel Quinones, Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Sage Northcutt vs. Michel Quinones: Round 3
Northcutt looks for an early takedown, but Quinones shuts it down. His reward for defending the shot is a stiff jab to the face that sends his head snapping back. In the next exchange, Quinones lands a glancing right hand that had a lot behind it, but it registers only as a partial connection. He lands another right moments later, but he's rapidly running out of time to make something happen. Northcutt looks to end any thought of a comeback with a takedown, but Quinones is able to scramble free before he establishes top-control. Quninoes lands another right hand before Northcutt hits with a couple punches at the horn.
Bleacher Report scores Round 3: 10-9 Northcutt Bleacher Report scores the fight: 30-27 Northcutt