Sean Shelby's Shoes: What's next for Max Holloway and UFC 218's other winning fighters?

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(ALSO SEE: Sean Shelby’s Shoes: What’s next for UFC 218’s losing fighters?)

The UFC featherweight title was defended for the first time in more than three years on Saturday when Max Holloway successfully retained his title against Jose Aldo in UFC 218’s pay-per-view headliner.

Holloway (19-3 MMA, 15-3 UFC) closed out the five-fight main card at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit with a third-round TKO of Aldo to extend his winning streak to 12.

Prior to the main event, Francis Ngannou (11-1 MMA, 6-0 UFC), Henry Cejudo (12-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) and Tecia Torres (10-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) made cases for title shots in their respective divisions, while former UFC champ Eddie Alvarez (29-5 MMA, 4-2 UFC) bounced back from a two-fight skid.

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 218’s winning fighters.

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Tecia Torres

Cynthia Calvillo

Should fight: Winner of Cynthia Calvillo vs. Carla Esparza at UFC 219
Why they should fight: Torres continued to shine in the UFC strawweight division when she beat former Invicta FC champion Michelle Waterson for her third consecutive victory in the weight class.

A month ago it seemed guaranteed a Torres unanimous-decision victory would be enough to get the next title shot. Then Rose Namajunas stunned Joanna Jedrzejczyk to win the 115-pound title at UFC 217, and the entire division was turned on its head.

Instead of fighting for the belt next, Torres, whose only pro loss came to Namajunas, will likely have to wait for a rematch to play out. That could take quite some time, which would mean another fight is necessary in order for “Tiny Tornado” to keep her momentum.

A title-eliminator matchup with the winner of Calvillo (6-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) and ex-champ Esparza (12-4 MMA, 3-2 UFC), who fight at UFC 219 on Dec. 30 in Las Vegas, would be an appropriate fight for the top contenders.

Eddie Alvarez

Dustin Poirier

Should fight: Dustin Poirier
Why they should fight: After a forgettable two-fight stint in which he lost the UFC lightweight title and then fought to a no-contest, Alvarez finally got a clean win on his record when he spoiled the undefeated run of former WSOF champ Justin Gaethje.

Alvarez, a former UFC and Bellator champ, was eager to fight one of the most hyped fighters in the sport in Gaethje. No one had been able to figure out “The Highlight” prior, but Alvarez got the job done with a third-round TKO and is back on stable ground in the 155-pound division.

Considering he lost UFC gold to Conor McGregor – who still hasn’t fought since – Alvarez is aware he’s in no position to be fighting for the title in the near future. That leaves him looking to take exciting matchups similar to one he got with Gaethje, and there’s some bad blood out to be resolved with Poirier (22-5 MMA, 14-4 UFC).

Alvarez and Poirier had an exciting fight at UFC 211 in May that ended in a no-contest after Alvarez landed an illegal knee. He claims it was accidental, but Poirier insists it was because he wanted out of a fight that was on the verge of being lost. “The Diamond” has been clamoring for a rematch since, and he stumped for it again after a win over Anthony Pettis at UFC Fight Night 120 this past month. Now is the time to run it back.

Henry Cejudo

Demetrious Johnson

Should fight: Demetrious Johnson (or T.J. Dillashaw?)
Why they should fight: The rapid development of Cejudo’s skillset was a big talking point prior to UFC 218, but against Sergio Pettis, the Olympic gold medalist went back to his wrestling roots to earn a unanimous-decision victory.

Despite already failing in a title bid against UFC flyweight champ Johnson (27-2-1 MMA, 15-1-1 UFC), Cejudo seems like he is the most equipped member of his weight class to dethrone “Mighty Mouse.” He provided another example of why when he snapped Pettis’ winning streak.

The initial meeting between Cejudo and Johnson didn’t take place that long ago, but Cejudo’s improvements since then have created a compelling argument for a rematch. The holdup, however, is the champ. Johnson will apparently look to defend his belt against bantamweight champ Dillashaw (15-3 MMA, 11-3 UFC) in a super fight next, and if that happens, it leaves Cejudo left waiting.

Cejudo would either have to be sidelined or take another fight if the Johnson vs. Dillashaw matchup moves forward, but assuming it doesn’t (or Cejudo waits until after), there’s no more deserving contender.

Francis Ngannou

Stipe Miocic

Should fight: Stipe Miocic
Why they should fight: There weren’t many objections to the idea of Ngannou getting a heavyweight title shot before UFC 218. Now that he holds a win over Alistair Overeem, it’s a guarantee.

Ngannou continued his unbeaten run inside the octagon with his biggest win to date. He beat the former Strikeforce and DREAM champion by vicious first-round knockout, strengthening his argument even more as the man who should next challenger current heavyweight kingpin Miocic (17-2 MMA, 11-2 UFC).

Although Ngannou’s dominant style still leaves many questions about potential flaws in his game, no one has been able to expose them so far. He’s earned his keep, but if anyone is capable of figuring him out, it’s champion Miocic.

Max Holloway

Should fight: Frankie Edgar
Why they should fight: Watch the video above to see why Holloway should fight Edgar (22-5-1 MMA, 16-5-1 UFC) next for his second title defense.

For complete coverage of UFC 218, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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MMAjunkie's 'Fight of the Month' for November: Who thrilled most in an event-heavy month?

With another action-packed month of MMA in the books, MMAjunkie looks at the best fights from November. Here are the five nominees, listed in chronological order, and winner of MMAjunkie’s “Fight of the Month” award for November.

At the bottom of the post, let us know if we got it right by voting on your choice.

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The Nominees

T.J. Dillashaw def. Cody Garbrandt at UFC 217

The bad blood between Cody Garbrandt (11-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) and T.J. Dillashaw (15-3 MMA, 11-3 UFC) finally got a chance to boil over, and an ex-champ got his title back in the grudge match with a former teammate.

Dillashaw stunned Garbrandt with a head kick, then moments later planted him again with a right hand before finishing him with a series of punches on the ground. The end came midway through the second round – and came after Dillashaw was saved by the bell in the first round when Garbrandt nearly had him finished.

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Georges St-Pierre def. Michael Bisping at UFC 217

Georges St-Pierre (26-2 MMA, 20-2 UFC) promised to make history against Michael Bisping (30-9 MMA, 20-9 UFC), and he delivered by becoming just the fourth fighter in UFC history to win belts in two weight classes when he claimed the middleweight belt.

Former longtime welterweight champ St-Pierre was successful in his return to the octagon after nearly four years when he defeated Bisping by third-round technical submission, tying the record for most wins in UF history.

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Dustin Poirier def. Anthony Pettis at UFC Fight Night 120

After faltering in his first UFC main event, Dustin Poirier (22-5 MMA, 14-4 UFC) thrived in his second when he defeated former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis (20-7 MMA, 7-6 UFC) in a thrilling bout.

Poirier’s solid run since returning to the 155-pound division in early 2015 continued with the victory over Pettis. It was a back-and-forth affair, and while the finish was anticlimactic due to an injury, “The Diamond” won a highlight entertaining bout.

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Frank Camacho def. Damien Brown at UFC Fight Night 121

In a no-brainer “Fight of the Night,” Frank Camacho (21-5 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and Damien Brown (17-11 MMA, 2-3 UFC) beat each other up for 15 minutes in a lightweight affair.

In the end, however, it was Camacho who got the most work done, and bloodied Brown up on his way to a split decision win. The judges rewarded his output with scores of 30-27 and 29-28; Brown got a dissenting 29-28 score.

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Fabricio Werdum def. Marcin Tybura at UFC Fight Night 121

Not many were expecting the heavyweight main event between Fabricio Werdum (23-7-1 MMA, 13-4 UFC) and Marcin Tybura (16-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) to go the distance. But that’s exactly what happened.

Werdum and Tybura went five rounds, combining for a single-fight heavyweight record 282 significant strikes landed. In the end it was Brazil’s Werdum, a former UFC heavyweight champion, who took the unanimous decision.

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The winner: Dustin Poirier vs. Anthony Pettis

Poirier and Pettis 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.

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.

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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Eddie Alvarez focused on Justin Gaethje, 'Most Violent Man' title, not Dustin Poirier's rematch hopes

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DETROIT – Eddie Alvarez has a big fight on his hands Saturday at UFC 218 – one many, many people were plenty stoked about when it was announced.

Alvarez (28-5 MMA, 3-2 UFC) fights Justin Gaethje (18-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) in a lightweight showdown on the main card. The two coached opposite each other on the just-about-to-wrap Season 26 of “The Ultimate Fighter.” Now they’ll fight to see who stays at the top of the divisional pecking order.

But Alvarez is acutely aware there’s one guy out there who isn’t thrilled he’s fighting Gaethje, rather than a rematch with him: Dustin Poirier (21-5 MMA, 13-4 UFC). The two left UFC 211 in May with a no-contest after illegal knees from Alvarez to a downed Poirier left Poirier unable to continue.

Poirier’s argument is that he was beating Alvarez and on his way to a win when the fouls took place. And instead of getting to run it back, Alvarez got a coaching spot on “TUF 26” and a fight with Gaethje. But Alvarez isn’t too worried about Poirier’s hope for a rematch – not with Gaethje looming.

“This has been my style during my fight career,” Alvarez told MMAjunkie today in Detroit. “I’m hearing, ‘You’ve gotta rematch. You’ve gotta do this’ – I don’t gotta do anything. If I had to rematch every guy who was beating me, I’d have to rematch everyone I fight. Everyone was beating me at some point – just go back and look at my career. I don’t win every minute of every round. I lose a good bit, and then I deal with the (expletive), and then I come back and beat the (expletive) out of guys. That’s sort of my style. That’s my M.O. – that’s why people watch me.”

UFC 218 takes place Saturday at the new Little Caesars Arena in downtown Detroit. It’s the promotion’s first event in Michigan since UFC 123 in 2010. The main card airs live on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

The Alvarez-Gaethje fight seems pre-ordained for “Fight of the Night” honors. Gaethje, came to the UFC earlier this year from WSOF, where he was the lightweight champion. His impact was immediate with a second-round TKO of Michael Johnson that earned him not only a “Performance of the Night” bonus, but “Fight of the Night,” as well.

Alvarez was a Bellator champion who rather quickly won the UFC’s lightweight belt in 2016, though he lost it in short order to current champ Conor McGregor at UFC 205 a year ago. And while Alvarez said there’s no bad blood with him and his fellow “TUF” coach and UFC title hopeful, he does believe he may have bitten off more than he can chew.

“Justin’s an ace – he’s one of the good guys,” Alvarez said. “… He works hard, he busts his ass – there’s a reason why he’s an undefeated fighter. I got a chance to get to know him and I’d be lying to you if I said I had any animosity or beef toward him.

“He’s very honest with himself – I think he knows what he’s getting into. No, I don’t think he’s fought anyone like me. There aren’t many people like me.”

And just what is he getting into? Alvarez said the UFC can’t truly sell violence to its fanbase – but if the fanbase expects violence from Alvarez, that’s what he’ll deliver on.

“On Saturday, I’ll be finally crowned the UFC’s Most Violent Man. That’s the only title I care about right now. There’s an interim title, there’s a real title – no one’s really doing anything with either one of them. So I’m going to make up a third title, and that’s the Most Violent Man. That’s the only one that’s going to matter in the lightweight division right now.”

For more from Alvarez, check out the video above.

And for more on UFC 218, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Dustin Poirier's neck was a little sore, but without Mike Brown, it could've been worse

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Dustin Poirier left a recent UFC headliner with a sore neck, but if it weren’t for Mike Brown, he could’ve left with a loss too.

Earlier this month in UFC Fight Night 120’s headliner, Poirier (22-5 MMA, 14-4 UFC) picked up a big win after scoring a third-round TKO victory over former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis (20-7 MMA, 7-6 UFC).

However, to get the victory, which took place Nov. 11 and aired on FS1 from Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va., Poirier had to survive a few dangerous – and painful – submission attempts.

“My neck is a little sore from getting out of that last triangle,” he recently told MMAjunkie Radio. “He locked in a tight triangle. The tightest one of them all was maybe (with) 20 or 30 seconds left in the second round.

“There’s a pass I do to get out of the triangle and I throw my head toward the lock and kind of sprawl over the body and circle my feet around. And when I did that, the triangle was so tight that my neck got put in a crazy position and it popped.”

Of course, one triangle also came with a tad of controversy. As Pettis looked to secure the hold, the referee called a timeout to have a cageside physician look at the ex-champ’s badly bleeding face. The pause in action elicited some boos, though Poirier dismissed them.

“All those people who were upset probably live in Milwaukee or have an Anthony Pettis T-shirt,” he joked. “F*ck ’em, man.”

As for his ability to survive Pettis’ dangerous ground game, Poirier, who’s No. 11 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings, thanks one man: American Top Team coach and former WEC champ Brown.

“I used to have more of a pure jiu-jitsu style, but since I’ve been at American Top Team, Mike Brown has helped me round out my grappling for MMA so much more,” Poirier said. “I’m more of a top guy now. I give up less positions chasing submissions, and he’s a guy who’s really dedicated and spent a lot of time perfecting the things I was doing wrong, and still to this day, (he’s) tightening up a lot of things.

“He’s an amazing coach and an amazing guy to have (in my corner).”

Following his victory, Poirier emphatically called for a rematch with another ex-champ, Eddie Alvarez (28-5 MMA, 3-2 UFC), who fought to a controversial no-contest in May. An immediate rematch wasn’t booked so that Alvarez could coach opposite Justin Gaethje on the currently airing 26th season of “The Ultimate Fighter.”

Still, Poirier hopes to get that fight someday – and bouts against other top contenders who can help him get to a title shot.

But getting the type of experience he did against Pettis – and with help from coaches like Brown – he’s confident he’s ready for more fights against the 155-pound division’s best.

“You know, (Pettis) is a vet,” Poirier said. “He’s been fighting a long time and fighting the best of the best, so I didn’t expect anything less from him.”

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

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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2564 with Dustin Poirier, Frank Mir

Stream or download Monday’s episode of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Dustin Poirier and Frank Mir.

Poirier unpacked his win over Anthony Pettis at this past weekend’s UFC Fight Night 120 card in Norfolk, Va. Former UFC heavyweight champion Mir called in to talk about his upcoming spot in the recently announced Bellator heavyweight grand prix, which will take place over the course of 2018 and crown a new champ.

You can listen below or stream the entire episode on AudioBoom.com.

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USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie rankings, Nov. 14: Poirier rises; big week for Tybura

With a win over a former champion, Dustin Poirier is on the rise in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie rankings.

Poirier defeated former titleholder Anthony Pettis in UFC Fight Night 120’s headliner, which moved him from No. 13 to No. 11 at lightweight. Pettis, meanwhile, falls from No. 11 to No. 12.

As for upcoming events, Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 121 headliner offers rankings honorable mention Marcin Tybura a chance to jump in the top 15 in the heavyweight division when he takes on former titleholder and No. 3-ranked Fabricio Werdum.

Check out all of the rankings above.

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Bidding opens at $3,000 for Dustin Poirier's UFC-Norfolk fight gear to benefit slain officer's family

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Now that one of the biggest – if not the biggest – wins of Dustin Poirier’s career is in the books, you can own all the gear that went along with it.

MMAjunkie recently reported on Poirier’s decision to auction off his fight kit from UFC Fight Night 120, as well as his plans to auction off his gear after all his future fights to raise money for important causes close to him. He first auctioned off his gear following UFC 211 in May and raised $5,100 for the Second Harvest Food Bank in his home city of Lafayette, La., which translated to 3,000 meals for needy families.

This past Saturday, Poirier (22-5 MMA, 14-4 UFC) took out former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis (20-7 MMA, 7-6 UFC) with a third-round TKO in a “Fight of the Night” winner at UFC Fight Night 120, which took place at Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va.

And now, Poirier has his fight kit on eBay to raise money for the family of Lafayette Police Cpl. Michael Middlebrook, who was killed in the line of duty in October.

The bidding opened at $3,000, and there already is a bid on it. Bidding ends Thursday.

The auction includes: Poirier’s Reebok shorts, warm-up pants, shirt, hat, hand wraps and gloves – all worn to the cage or in the cage.

Check out the video above to hear from Poirier about the auction and his plans for future auctions. Below, don’t miss the highlights of his big win over Pettis.

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

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Dustin Poirier and Frank Mir

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Dustin Poirier and Frank Mir.

Poirier defeated former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis in this past weekend’s UFC Fight Night 120 headliner. Former UFC champ Mir recently signed with Bellator and is part of the Bellator MMA World Grand Prix 2018.

MMAjunkie Radio airs from 1 to 3 p.m. ET (10 a.m. to noon PT), live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. You can watch and listen live on MMAjunkie’s Facebook and YouTube pages. Additionally, SiriusXM Rush (Ch. 93) carries a replay later in the day (8-10 p.m. ET) and the following morning (7-9 a.m. ET), or catch a replay on demand.

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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.

“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.

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

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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