Sean Shelby's Shoes: What's next for Dustin Poirier and UFC Fight Night 120's other winning fighters?

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UFC Fight Night 120 was touted as one of the most stacked non-pay-per-view and non-FOX cards this year, and in the end, the six-fight main card largely delivered at Ted Constant Convocations Center in Norfolk, Va.

Headliner Dustin Poirier (22-5 MMA, 14-4 UFC) pulled off the crowning performance of the card when he beat former UFC champ Anthony Pettis (20-7 MMA, 7-6 UFC) by third-round stoppage in the FS1-televised bout, continuing his solid run in the 155-pound division.

Elsewhere on the card, Matt Brown (21-16 MMA, 14-10 UFC), Andrei Arlovski (26-15 MMA, 15-9 UFC), Cezar Ferreira (12-6 MMA, 8-4 UFC), Raphael Assuncao (26-5 MMA, 10-2 UFC) and Clay Guida (34-17 MMA, 14-11 UFC) earned victories that ranged from total domination to scorecard squeakers.

After every event, fans wonder whom the winners will be matched up with next. And with another night of UFC action in the rearview mirror, it’s time to look forward, put on a pair of Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard’s shoes, and play UFC matchmaker for UFC Fight Night 120’s winning fighters.

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Clay Guida

Joseph Duffy

Should fight: Joseph Duffy
Why they should fight: Guida’s return to the UFC lightweight division is proving to be a good one after he moved to 2-0 with a victory over fellow UFC veteran Joe Lauzon.

Despite spending a decade together under the UFC banner, Guida and Lauzon had never crossed paths. When it finally happened, “The Carpenter” pulled off a first-round TKO victory over Lauzon to continue his revival in the 155-pound division.

Guida said his stint in the featherweight division was only to provide “star power” to the weight class, but he admitted lightweight is best for him. He believes he can do big things, but at 35 and with more than 50 pro fights, it remains to be seen how far he can go.

If Guida can consistently rack up wins like he did against Lauzon, he’ll have a place on the UFC roster for as long as he wants. He’s going to get challenging competition every time out, though, and Duffy (16-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) is a very dangerous fighter.

Duffy is coming off a TKO loss to James Vick at UFC 217 this month and will surely be looking to rebound as quickly as possible. Guida represents a solid name for the Irishman, and Duffy would be a solid win for Guida.

Raphael Assuncao

Cody Garbrandt

Should fight: Cody Garbrandt
Why they should fight: Assuncao emerged victorious in a high-risk fight against an up-and-coming bantamweight when he picked up a brutal third-round knockout of Matthew Lopez.

Lopez came into the fight looking to threaten Assuncao’s status as an established top-five fighter in the 135-pound division. The Brazilian denied that possibility, though, and improved to a ridiculous 10-1 in his past 11 UFC appearances.

There’s good and bad for Assuncao at this point. He owns a victory over newly crowned UFC bantamweight champ T.J. Dillashaw, but he also has a loss to the currently titleholder in their rematch at UFC 200 in July 2016. A trilogy could always happen if the circumstances are right, but at this point, it’s obvious the UFC isn’t eager to push Assuncao into a title shot.

That leaves him in the undesirable position of fighting top opponents until he loses again or wins to the point he can’t be denied. He’ll surely want the latter, and that means taking on the next best available challenge. At this point, recently dethroned champ Garbrandt (11-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) would be his best way to make a statement.

Cezar Ferreira

Antonio Carlos Junior

Should fight: Antonio Carlos Junior
Why they should fight: Ferreira’s return to the middleweight division has been largely successful. He improved to 4-1 since returning to the weight class after scoring a split-decision victory over tough veteran and former Strikeforce champion Nate Marquardt.

“The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil” winner had had some ups and downs in his UFC tenure, but his form is consistently improving. He caught a version of Marquardt wh’os in the twilight of his career, but beating “The Great” is still a somewhat meaningful accomplishment.

Ferreira has fallen short against his most notable opponents in the past, but against Marquardt, he came through. He needs a solid test at this point, and when it comes to 185-pound fighters on the rise, Carlos Junior (9-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) looks pretty good.

Carlos Junior is another “TUF: Brazil” winner who is on a four-fight winning streak, which includes a recent submission win over Jack Marshman at UFC Fight Night 119. A matchup between the two reality-show winners is a solid enough narrative, and the fact their skills match up well only makes things better.

Andrei Arlovski

Curtis Blaydes

Should fight: Curtis Blaydes
Why they should fight: Just when Arlovski appeared to be written off for good in the UFC heavyweight division, the former champ rebounded with a crucial victory against Brazilian prospect Junior Albini.

It’s been a rough road for Arlovski in recent years. However, he managed to snap a brutal five-fight losing skid when he picked up a unanimous-decision win over Albini to return to the win column for the first time since September 2015.

Regardless of whether anyone has objections over Arlovski still fighting at this point, the 38-year-old is determined to keep going, even if he has to fight unheralded opponents in the heavyweight division.

That’s a useful item to have for UFC matchmakers, and they will likely continue to use Arlovski as a measuring stick for rising talent. Albini was unable to pass, but perhaps Blaydes (8-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC), who’s another fighter with growing momentum, would have something else to offer “The Pitbull.”

Matt Brown

Should fight: No one
Why: Although Brown has already walked back the possibility of a guaranteed retirement, a brutal knockout of Diego Sanchez seems like a solid way to ride off into the sunset for “The Immortal.”

Brown originally announced his bout with Sanchez would mark his retirement. However, he slowed those conversations ahead of fight night. Even with the first-round knockout of “The Ultimate Fighter 1” winner, it’s still an option worth considering, and Brown seems like he’s going to take some time off to make that decision.

With 24 UFC fights under his belt and at age 36, Brown has gone through the ringer inside the octagon. Every fighter who retires appears to have some measure of reluctance, but for Brown, there’s not much more to prove.

He said a hiatus from competition is coming and that it’s just a matter of whether it sticks. Only time will tell, but regardless of which way it goes, it seems Brown won’t be fighting anytime soon, and for that reason, speculating on matchmaking possibilities is a useless endeavor.

Dustin Poirier

Should fight: Winner of Eddie Alvarez vs. Justin Gaethje at UFC 218
Why they should fight: Watch the video above to see why Poirier should fight the winner of the UFC 218 bout between Alvarez (28-5 MMA, 3-2 UFC) and Gaethje (18-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) next.

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 post-event facts: Matt Brown most prominent KO artist in UFC welterweight history

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The UFC made its fifth stop in Virginia with Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 120 event, which took place at Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, and aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

In the main event, Dustin Poirier (22-5 MMA, 14-4 UFC) continued to be one of the UFC’s biggest producers of stoppage wins when he defeated former UFC and WEC champ Anthony Pettis (20-7 MMA, 7-6 UFC) by third-round TKO to add another signature win to his resume at 155 pounds.

Poirier’s victory concluded a 13-fight card that had several notable results. For more, check below for 55 post-event facts to come out of UFC Fight Night 120.

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General

Clay Guida

The UFC-Reebok Athlete Outfitting payout for the event totaled $245,000.

Poirier, Pettis, Matt Brown and Raphael Assuncao earned $50,000 UFC Fight Night 120 fight-night bonuses.

UFC Fight Night 120 drew an announced attendance of 8,442 for a live gate of $642,070.

Betting favorites went 8-4 on the card. One fight had even odds.

Total fight time for the 13-bout card was 2:32:30.

Main card

Dustin Poirier

Poirier improved to 6-1 (with one no-contest) since he returned to the UFC lightweight division in April 2015.

Poirier has earned nine of his 14 UFC victories by stoppage.

Poirier’s 14 victories since 2011 in UFC competition are tied with Max Holloway for third most in the company behind Donald Cerrone (19) and champ Demetrious Johnson (15).

Poirier’s nine stoppage victories since 2011 in UFC competition are tied with Holloway and Tony Ferguson for second most in the company behind Cerrone (13).

Anthony Pettis

Pettis has alternated wins and losses over his past five fights.

Pettis fell to 1-1 since he returned to the UFC lightweight division in July.

Pettis fell to 2-5 in his past seven UFC appearances.

Pettis has suffered both of his career stoppage losses by knockout.

Brown’s (21-16 MMA, 14-10 UFC) 14 victories in UFC welterweight competition are tied for third most in divisional history behind Georges St-Pierre (19) and Matt Hughes (16).

Brown’s 12 stoppage victories in UFC welterweight competition are the most in divisional history.

Brown’s 10 knockout victories in welterweight competition are the most in divisional history.

Matt Brown and Diego Sanchez

Diego Sanchez (27-11 MMA, 16-11 UFC) is now 0-1 since returning to the UFC welterweight division. He’s 9-5 overall at the weight under the UFC banner.

Sanchez fell to 3-6 in his past nine UFC appearances.

Sanchez has suffered all four of his career stoppage losses by knockout.

Andrei Arlovski (26-15 MMA, 15-9 UFC) snapped a five-fight losing skid and earned his first victory since September 2015.

Arlovski improved to 5-5 since he returned to the UFC for a second stint in June 2014.

Arlovski’s 15 victories in UFC heavyweight competition are second most in divisional history behind Frank Mir (16).

Junior Albini

Junior Albini (14-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) had his 10-fight winning streak snapped for his first defeat since August 2012.

Albini suffered the first decision loss of his career.

Cezar Ferreira (12-6 MMA, 8-4 UFC) improved to 4-1 since he returned to the UFC middleweight division in April 2016.

Ferreira has earned six of his eight UFC victories by decision.

Nate Marquardt (35-19-2 MMA, 14-11 UFC) fell to 3-6 since he returned to the UFC middleweight division in June 2014. He’s 3-9 in his past 12 bouts overall.

Marquardt fell to 3-9 in his past 12 bouts.

Marquardt’s 12 knockdowns landed in UFC middleweight competition are second most in divisional history behind Anderson Silva (13).

Marquardt’s 19 career losses are the most of any active member of the UFC roster.

Raphael Assuncao

Assuncao (26-5 MMA, 10-2 UFC) improved to 10-1 since he dropped to the UFC bantamweight division in August 2011.

Assuncao’s 10 victories in UFC bantamweight competition are tied with Urijah Faber for second most in divisional history behind T.J. Dillashaw (11).

Assuncao earned his first knockout victory since July 11, 2012 – a span of 1,949 days (more than five years) and nine fights.

Matthew Lopez (10-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) suffered the first knockout loss of his career.

Clay Guida

Clay Guida (34-17 MMA, 14-11 UFC) improved to 2-0 since he returned to the UFC lightweight division in June.

Guida earned his first knockout victory since April 2, 2008 – a span of 3,510 days (more than nine years) and 19 fights.

Joe Lauzon (27-14 MMA, 14-11 UFC) has suffered eight of his 14 career losses by stoppage.

Preliminary card

John Dodson

John Dodson (19-9 MMA, 8-4 UFC) fell to 2-2 since he returned to the UFC bantamweight division in April 2016. He’s 3-2 in the weight class overall.

Dodson has suffered all nine of his career losses by decision.

Tatiana Suarez (5-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) returned from a more than one-year layoff for her first victory since July 2016.

Viviane Pereira (13-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) had her 13-fight winning streak snapped for the first defeat of her career.

Sage Northcutt

Sage Northcutt (9-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) earned the second decision victory of his career. Both those wins have come in his past two fights.

Michel Quinones (8-3 MMA, 0-2 UFC) has suffered two of his three career losses by decision.

Nina Ansaroff (8-5 MMA, 2-2 UFC) earned just the second decision victory of her career and first since Sept. 11, 2010 – a span of 2,618 days (more than seven years) and 12 fights.

Angela Hill (7-4 MMA, 2-4 UFC) fell to 1-2 since she returned to the UFC for a second stint in February. She’s 5-2 since her initial release from the company in late 2015.

Hill has suffered three of her four career losses by decision.

Sean Strickland

Sean Strickland (19-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) improved to 4-2 since he dropped to the UFC welterweight division in February 2015.

Strickland has earned four of his six UFC victories by decision.

Court McGee (18-7 MMA, 7-6 UFC) fell to 2-3 since he returned from a nearly two-year layoff in December 2015.

McGee fell to 4-4 since he dropped to the welterweight division in February 2013.

McGee has suffered six of his seven career losses by decision.

Jake Collier

Jake Collier (11-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC) has alternated wins and losses over his six-fight UFC career.

Marcel Fortuna (9-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) has suffered all three of his career losses by decision.

Karl Roberson (6-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) has earned five of his six career victories by stoppage.

Darren Stewart (7-2 MMA, 0-2 UFC) suffered the first stoppage loss of his career.

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

FightMetric research analyst and live statistics producer Michael Carroll contributed to this story. Follow him on Twitter @MJCflipdascript.

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UFC-Norfolk's Clay Guida knows how baseball's home-run sluggers must feel

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NORFOLK, Va. – Clay Guida thinks Joe Lauzon could have gone on without those follow-up blows. But landing that one solid uppercut still felt pretty good.

On Saturday Guida (34-17 MMA, 14-11 UFC) and Lauzon (27-14 MMA, 14-11 UFC) met in a lightweight main-card clash that, upon its announcement, had “Fight of the Night” written all over it. Guida, however, made sure it didn’t get that far, and he dropped Lauzon with a clean shot and followed it up with a few strikes to prompt a stoppage at the 67-second mark of Round 1.

The UFC Fight Night 120 win marked Guida’s first finish since 2011 – and first knockout since 2008. It’s safe to say he’s pretty happy with it.

“I don’t think I’ve ever landed a flush knockout – a flush uppercut like that on someone,” Guida told MMAjunkie after the FS1-televised scrap, which took place at Ted Constant Convocation Center on the Old Dominion University campus in Norfolk, Va.

“I guess that’s how those professional baseball home-run sluggers feel when they smash one out of the freaking ball park. Because that felt pretty amazing.”

Here’s the blow (via Twitter)

The fight between the two notoriously durable brawlers didn’t turn into the drag-out war that many expected – or perhaps wanted. But for Guida, a longtime admirer of the “awesome” Lauzon, it went pretty much according to plan.

“Joe is one of those guys – you don’t want it to go too long, because he’s so dangerous he can finish a fight at any moment,” Guida said. “I’ve seen him knock guys out, we’ve seen him sub black belts, and we’ve seen him sub very good wrestlers.

“I didn’t want to give it any chance to get out of hand. So we got in there, put some hands on him, and we got our hand raised.”

That is, apart from this one thing.

“I felt like it went a few extra strikes I didn’t want to,” Guida said.

In any case, considering it was the last fight in his UFC contract, Guida picked a remarkably good occasion to find his way back into finishes. And his post-fight handling of it didn’t hurt, either.

“There was a lot at stake in this fight that didn’t know about,” Guida said. “We feel we put a stamp on it and an exclamation point. So, big things to come for ‘The Carpenter’ camp and Team Alpha Male.”

As he’d made clear in the octagon, Guida wants one specific UFC-related meeting now – and that is with UFC President Dana White. Inside the octagon,  though, Guida’s philosophy remains the same: He’s willing to fight whomever those who sign his checks want.

But, now on a two-fight winning streak since his return from a shaky stint in the lower featherweight division, Guida wants any possible competitor to know this one thing.

“We’re back at 155, and the cream is rising to the top,” Guida said. “You guys watch out. ‘The Carpenter’ is coming. I don’t care who’s in front of me. I am the cream of the 155-pound division. You guys better watch out.”

To hear more from Guida, check out the video above.

And 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.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

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UFC-Norfolk Twitter reaction: Sage Northcutt's return, Clay Guida's blowout, more

Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 120 card, which took place at Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va., and aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, featured a number of notable matchups outside the main and co-main event.

Familiar names such as Andrei Arlovski (26-15 MMA, 15-9 UFC), Clay Guida (34-17 MMA, 14-11 UFC), Marlon Moraes (19-5-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and Sage Northcutt (9-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) earned victories that ranged from decisive to somewhat controversial.

Check below for the top Twitter reactions to their winning performances at UFC Fight Night 120.

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Clay Guida steamrolls Lauzon

Marlon Moraes takes strange split

Sage Northcutt returns

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

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

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.

“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: 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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UFC-Norfolk staff picks: In close fight, who has edge between Anthony Pettis, Dustin Poirier?

Pettis
vs.
Poirier
Brown
vs.
Sanchez
Albini
vs.
Arlovski
Ferreira
vs.
Marquardt
Assuncao
vs.
Lopez
Guida
vs.
Lauzon
MMAjunkie readers’
consensus picks
2017: 108-72
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Poirier
(57%)
mbrown2017
Brown
(80%)
albini2017
Albini
(62%)
ferreira2017
Ferreira
(53%)
assuncao2017
Assuncao
(90%)
lauzon2017
Lauzon
(72%)
Simon Samano
@SJSamano
2017: 114-66
poirier2017
Poirier
mbrown2017
Brown
albini2017
Albini
ferreira2017
Ferreira
mlopez2017
Lopez
lauzon2017
Lauzon
Ben Fowlkes @BenFowlkesMMA
2017: 112-68
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apettis2017
Pettis
mbrown2017
Brown
albini2017
Albini
ferreira2017
Ferreira
assuncao2017
Assuncao
lauzon2017
Lauzon
Steven Marrocco @MMAjunkieSteven
2017: 111-69
poirier2017
Poirier
mbrown2017
Brown
albini2017
Albini
ferreira2017
Ferreira
assuncao2017
Assuncao
lauzon2017
Lauzon
Dann Stupp
@DannStupp
2017: 111-69
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poirier2017
Poirier
mbrown2017
Brown
albini2017
Albini
ferreira2017
Ferreira
assuncao2017
Assuncao
guida2017
Guida
Brian Garcia
@thegoze
2017: 109-71
poirier2017
Poirier
mbrown2017
Brown
arlovski2017
Arlovski
ferreira2017
Ferreira
assuncao2017
Assuncao
guida2017
Guida
Fernanda Prates @nandaprates_
2017: 106-74
poirier2017
Poirier
mbrown2017
Brown
albini2017
Albini
ferreira2017
Ferreira
assuncao2017
Assuncao
lauzon2017
Lauzon
Matt Erickson @MMAjunkieMatt
2017: 105-75
apettis2017
Pettis
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Sanchez
albini2017
Albini
marquardt2017
Marquardt
assuncao2017
Assuncao
lauzon2017
Lauzon
George Garcia @MMAjunkieGeorge
2017: 104-76
poirier2017
Poirier
mbrown2017
Brown
arlovski2017
Arlovski
ferreira2017
Ferreira
assuncao2017
Assuncao
lauzon2017
Lauzon
John Morgan @MMAjunkieJohn
2017: 102-78
poirier2017
Poirier
mbrown2017
Brown
arlovski2017
Arlovski
ferreira2017
Ferreira
assuncao2017
Assuncao
guida2017
Guida
Mike Bohn @MikeBohnMMA
2017: 101-77
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Poirier
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Brown
albini2017
Albini
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For the fourth time overall, and first time in Norfolk, the UFC touches down in Virginia this week.

UFC Fight Night 120 takes place Saturday at Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va., on the campus of Old Dominion University. It airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

(Click here to open a PDF of the staff picks grid in a separate window.)

In the main event, former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis (20-6 MMA, 7-5 UFC) takes on perennial title contender Dustin Poirier (21-5 MMA, 13-4 UFC). The 155-pound bout is a close one with the oddsmakers – Pettis is just a slight favorite. But it’s Poirier who has an overwhelming 8-2 advantage from our 10 MMAjunkie editors, writers and radio hosts.

In the co-feature, Matt Brown (20-16 MMA, 13-10 UFC) will fight for the final time when he meets Diego Sanchez (27-10 MMA, 16-10 UFC) in a welterweight bout. Brown is a 3.5-1 favorite over Sanchez, and he has an overwhelming 9-1 edge from our pickers.

Also on the main card, heavyweight prospect Junior Albini (14-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) takes on former champ Andrei Arlovski (25-15 MMA, 14-9 UFC), who will be trying to snap a five-fight skid. Albini is more than a 3-1 favorite and is a 7-3 pick from our staff members. Cezar Ferreira (11-6 MMA, 7-4 UFC) is yet another big favorite in his middleweight bout against Nate Marquardt (35-18-2 MMA, 13-11 UFC), and only one of our pickers is brave enough to take Marquardt with the upset, leaving Ferreira a 9-1 choice.

Bantamweight standout Raphael Assuncao (25-5 MMA, 9-2 UFC) is more than a 3-1 favorite and is a 9-1 pick over Matthew Lopez (10-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC). And to open the main card, a lightweight fight between Clay Guida (33-17 MMA, 13-11 UFC) and Joe Lauzon (27-13 MMA, 14-10 UFC) features 24 fight-night bonuses between the two. It’s the closest fight on the card from an odds standpoint, and it’s the closest fight in our picks: Lauzon has just a 6-4 edge.

In the MMAjunkie reader consensus picks, Poirier, Brown, Albini, Ferreira, Assuncao and Lauzon are the choices.

Check out all the picks above.

For more on UFC Fight Night 120, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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10 reasons to watch UFC-Norfolk, and hey, have you really seen this card's depth?

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Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 120 fight card might not be as star-studded as the recent UFC 217 blockbuster, but it’s still a deep card full of recognizable names worthy of your attention.

In the main event, former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis looks to show that he’s still a player in the 155-pound division despite a record of 1-3 in his four most recent lightweight contests. Pettis’ opponent, Dustin Poirier, is anxious to keep climbing the divisional rankings since returning to lightweight in 2015.

In the co-main event, two veteran brawlers meet in a welterweight bout that might be the final fight for one of them. Matt Brown might call it a career after his bout against Diego Sanchez, but then again, he might not.

UFC Fight Night 120 takes place at Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va. It airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Here are 10 reasons to watch the event.

1. On the hunt

With a move up the 155-pound rankings on the line, the headlining bout between Poirier (21-5 MMA, 13-4 UFC) and Pettis (20-6 MMA, 7-5 UFC) is a must watch.

Poirier is currently No. 13 in the most recent USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings. Former lightweight champ Pettis checks in at No. 11.

After a two-fight run at featherweight, Pettis returned to form in his most recent fight, a decision win over Jim Miller. Pettis looked loose and relaxed in that bout. He employed a high-pressure and unconventional striking game that harkened back to his glory days. As for Poirier, he’s coming off an exciting fight with former champ Eddie Alvarez that unfortunately ended in a no-contest in the second round after Alvarez landed illegal knees to Poirier’s head.

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Before the Alvarez fight, Poirier was on a 5-1 run at 155 pounds. During that stretch, he looked like a complete and confident fighter. This bout should let us know if Pettis is indeed back to form.

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2. Leather will fly

Imagine how glorious a fight between Brown (20-16 MMA, 13-10 UFC)
and Sanchez (27-10 MMA, 16-10 UFC) would have been just a few years ago. Between 2013 and 2014, Brown took home a bonus in each of his four bouts. Sanchez earned bonuses in six of his nine fights between 2009 and 2013. Neither has picked up a bonus since then.

That’s not to say this welterweight matchup is going to be a snoozer. Fans are almost guaranteed a slobberknocker, but with Brown’s record at 1-5 in his six most recent bouts and Sanchez 3-3 in his past six, it feels like this fight would have been more fun had it come a little sooner.

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Brown is the more technical striker of the two while Sanchez tends to bite down on his mouthpiece and throw caution to the wind. Brown suffered the first two knockout losses of his career in his two most recent outings. Sanchez was also knocked out in his two most recent setbacks.

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3. A hard act to follow

In his UFC debut, Junior Albini scored a first-round knockout of Timothy Johnson. He earned a sorely needed “Performance of the Night” bonus that night.

“I was never able to buy her a toy or something like that,” Albini said of his daughter following his win. “All of her toys were like shampoos, empty bottles, because we didn’t have much money. My wife was following my dream too together, so it means a lot to me right now that I can make a living and give back to them what they suffered together with me.”

Albini (14-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) faces former heavyweight champion and current rankings honorable mention Andrei Arlovski (25-15 MMA, 14-9 UFC), who, with five straight losses on his record (four by stoppage), is in the worst slump of his lengthy career.

As an aside, hopefully the UFC gets Albini a pair of shorts that fit for this fight.

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4. Itching for a title shot

Raphael Assuncao hoped a win over Marlon Moraes at UFC 212 would earn him a bantamweight title shot. And, he did win, but a title shot didn’t materialize. Instead, the No. 4-ranked Brazilian faces rankings honorable mention Matthew Lopez in Norfolk.

Assuncao is currently on a 9-1 run. His sole defeat was a unanimous-decision defeat to current bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw in 2016. That loss came after injuries kept the 35-year-old from the octagon for more than 21 months.

Lopez might not be the opponent Assuncao wanted, but he can’t take the 30-year-old American lightly. Lopez dropped his UFC debut, a short-notice fight to Rani Yahya. Since then he’s gone 2-0. After his recent first-round TKO of Johnny Eduardo, Lopez (10-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) called for a bout with any fighter above him in the rankings. We’ll find out if he bit off more than he can chew with Assuncao (25-5 MMA, 9-2 UFC).

5. That’s a lot of bonuses

Clay Guida (33-17 MMA, 13-11 UFC) vs. Joe Lauzon (27-13 MMA, 14-10 UFC) is the kind of fight with which you look at the matchup and think, “You know, these guys aren’t what they used to be. But I like it.”

Guida has had a rough run as of late. After he dropped decisions to Benson Henderson in 2011 and Gray Maynard in 2012, he decided to give featherweight a go. The results were less than ideal. Guida wrapped up his run at 145 pounds with a record of 3-4. He moved back to lightweight in June and scored a decision win over Erik Koch.

Lauzon has alternated wins and losses since 2014 and is 4-4 over that time. His most recent fight was a majority-decision loss to Stevie Ray.

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With 24 fight-night bonuses between them, expectations are high that these two will increase that number in Virginia.

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6. A hidden gem

Two of the more entertaining bantamweights face off when No. 7-ranked Marlon Moraes meets rankings honorable mention John Dodson.

Moraes (18-5-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC), the former WSOF bantamweight champ, saw his 13-fight winning streak come to an end when he dropped a split decision to Assuncao in June. Dodson (19-8 MMA, 8-3 UFC)
is 2-1 since returning to 135 pounds. In his most recent bout, Dodson earned a decision win over Eddie Wineland.

This fight is essentially a pick’em. That makes sense because it’s the most evenly matched bout on the card. While Dodson has the speed advantage, Moraes has a deeper arsenal of striking techniques. Moraes also employs good feints, which he might use to draw Dodson into striking range.

With both fighters recently coming out on the wrong end of split decisions, fans should expect a spirited display.

7. It’s been a while

It’s been 16 months since Tatiana Suarez won Season 23 of “The Ultimate Fighter”” with a first-round submission of Amanda Cooper. The accomplished wrestler has been on the sidelines since that “Performance of the Night” bonus-winning victory. She returns against Viviane Pereira, who has fought three times since Suarez (4-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) won “TUF.”

Pereira’s (13-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) most recent bout was a June decision win over Jaime Moyle.

Both of these strawweights are unbeaten. Pereira has a definite advantage in experience with nine more pro fights than Suarez. However, with so much time in the gym between contests, Suarez is likely to show a fair amount of progress in her overall MMA game.

8. He’s back

Sage Northcutt (8-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) makes his 2017 debut against Michel Quinones (8-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) in a lightweight bout. The contest is Northcutt’s first as a member of Team Alpha Male.

Northcutt is under a lot of pressure in this fight. After two stoppage wins in his first two UFC contests, the highly promoted 21-year-old is on a 1-2 run. Both losses came at welterweight. He also packed all five of his previous fights into a 14-month span. That rushed schedule might have hampered the development of the young fighter. With nearly a year between fights, we’ll find out if Northcutt used his time away from the octagon wisely.

Quinones had a five-fight winning streak come to an end with a TKO loss in his UFC debut in June.

9. Looking for two in a row

Angela Hill had a rough go during her first run with the UFC. She won her debut against Emily Kagan but then dropped fights to Tecia Torres and Rose Namajunas. After her loss to Namajunas, which was just her fourth pro fight, Hill moved to Invicta FC. With that promotion she went 4-0, and won and defended the Invicta FC strawweight title. In her return to the UFC, Hill dropped a decision to Jessica Andrade. She bounced back with a win over Ashley Yoder in her most recent bout.

One of the biggest personalities in the sport, Hill, who is ranked No. 8 at strawweight, faces Nina Ansaroff, who ended a two-fight losing skid in her most recent fight, a January submission win over Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger.

This should be a good striking battle. Hill (7-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) is the more technical striker with a solid muay Thai base, but Ansaroff (7-5 MMA, 1-2 UFC) has more power. Both fighters land at a 50 percent striking rate, but Hill is more active.

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10. Set the tone

Two relatively young middleweights who like to get things done in a hurry open this card. Darren Stewart, who drops from light heavyweight for this fight, has five first-round knockouts to his name (one later ruled a no-contest due to an accidental head-butt). His opponent, Karl Roberson, has finished his past four opponents in the first stanza.

Roberson (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) comes into this contest on the strength of a 15-second knockout of Ryan Spann on DWCS 3. Stewart (7-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) suffered his first career loss in his most recent bout, dropping a decision to Francimar Barroso. Stewart faded as that fight wore on, so it will be interesting to see if the drop to 185 pounds helps his cardio.

Roberson has a kickboxing background, which should give him the striking advantage in this contest. He’s also likely to have the edge in confidence, as well, after defeating 15-fight veteran Spann in July.

The full UFC Fight Night 120 card includes:

MAIN CARD (FS1, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Anthony Pettis vs. Dustin Poirier
  • Matt Brown vs. Diego Sanchez
  • Junior Albini vs. Andrei Arlovski
  • Cezar Ferreira vs. Nate Marquardt
  • Raphael Assuncao vs. Matthew Lopez
  • Clay Guida vs. Joe Lauzon

PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 8 p.m. ET)

  • John Dodson vs. Marlon Moraes
  • Viviane Pereira vs. Tatiana Suarez
  • Sage Northcutt vs. Michel Quinones
  • Nina Ansaroff vs. Angela Hill

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:30 p.m. ET)

  • Court McGee vs. Sean Strickland
  • Jake Collier vs. Marcel Fortuna
  • Karl Roberson vs. Darren Stewart

For more on UFC Fight Night 120, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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