Jake Collier looking for some momentum, and wants it at home at UFC-St. Louis

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NORFOLK, Va. – Jake Collier is trying to keep his career goals small and manageable at this point. Right now, that means no more than getting a few consecutive wins together.

Collier’s (11-4 MMA, 3-3 UFC) UFC tenure has been up and down since he joined the organization in December 2014. He had another high on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 120 with a unanimous decision win over Marcel Fortuna (9-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC), and he said now is the time to get some momentum going.

For Collier, there would be no better place to do that than at UFC Fight Night 124 on Jan 14., which takes place at Scottrade Center in St. Louis – not far from Collier’s home

“I’d love to (fight on that card),” Collier told MMAjunkie. “I’ll take a week or so and get my fight back together and see if the UFC wants to throw me somebody. That’s seriously only an hour from my house – that’s my backyard. I want to fight on that card. I’m going to take about a week off and see if I can start making some noise and get on that card.”

Collier said he was looking for an impressive stoppage at UFC Fight Night 120, which took place at Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va., but knew putting away Fortuna inside the distance was going to be tough. He knows his opponent had faced bigger and stronger opponents in the past, so he still considers a victory on the scorecards to be significant.

With hopes of getting back-to-back wins for the first time in the UFC in his next fight, Collier said he will fight anyone the 185-pound division has to offer. However, if matchmakers want to give him a fellow striker, he would be more than open to it.

“Nobody in the UFC is easy,” Collier said. “I prefer a non-wrestler so we can stand and exchange a little bit and put on a show for the crowd because that’s kind of what I like to do. That’s all I really ask for.”

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: Jake Collier outworks Marcel Fortuna for decision win

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In a battle of two fighters looking to rebound from recent decision losses, it was Jake Collier (11-4 MMA, 3-3 UFC) who was successful against Marcel Fortuna (9-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC).

The light heavyweight bout was part of 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 streamed on UFC Fight Pass ahead of the rest of the card on FS1.

The two fighters were quick to exchange on the feet, settling in the pocket and firing big punches up the middle. Collier was the man walking forward, but Fortuna was retreating and countering well, lacing in heavy strikes in return. Fortuna did briefly gets inside on the clinch, but Collier peeled his arms away and went back on the attack. Both men landed flush in spots, but each shook it off and immediately went back to work.

Collier continued to be the aggressor to start the second, but Fortuna countered by shooting inside and nearly taking the back in a scramble. Instead, Collier alertly defended and pulled himself free from a dangerous spot. Both men continued to fire with power on the feet before Fortuna scored a takedown with 90 seconds left and immediately set up a threatening arm-triangle choke. However, Collier again fought his way out of a bad spot and then swept to the top in a beautiful transition, finishing the round in the dominant position.

Collier appeared the fresher man in the third, and he resumed his constant forward attack. Fortuna was again able to get a takedown, but Collier instantly rolled him over and backed away, calling his opponent back to the feet. Fortuna never stopped throwing heavy leather, but Collier dealt with them well and answered back with volume. Collier stuffed another takedown in the final minute and cruised to the decision win, 30-27, 29-28 and 29-28.

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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Jake Collier vs. Marcel Fortuna headed to UFC Fight Night 120 in Norfolk

The UFC’s return to Virginia this fall continues to see its lineup build with the addition of a light heavyweight bout.

Jake Collier (10-4 MMA, 2-3 UFC) will meet Marcel Fortuna (9-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 120. UFC officials recently announced the new booking.

UFC Fight Night 120 takes place Nov. 11 at Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va. The event’s main card airs live on FS1 following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass. The show is headlined by a lightweight showdown between ex-champ Anthony Pettis and Dustin Poirier.

Jake Collier

Collier has alternated wins and losses since coming to the UFC nearly three years ago. After an 8-1 start to his career, he debuted in the promotion with a TKO loss to Vitor Miranda in hostile territory in Brazil. He rebounded in June 2015 with a split-call win over Ricardo Abreu, but later that year found himself on the wrong end of a TKO against Dongi Yang in South Korea.

In May 2016, though, he bounced back witih a bonus-winning second-round TKO of Alberto Uda at UFC Fight Night 88 in Las Vegas. But after a layoff of more than 10 months, he moved from middleweight to light heavyweight earlier this year and lost a decision to Devin Clark at UFC on FOX 24 in Kansas City.

Fortuna came to the UFC earlier this year on a five-fight winning streak. His promotional debut was a big one. He picked up a performance bonus for a first-round knockout of Anthony Hamilton at UFC Fight Night 104 in Houston in a heavyweight fight. In July, he dropped back to 205 pounds, but lost a decision to Jordan Johnson at the TUF 25 Finale in Las Vegas for his first setback since 2012 – which coincidentally came to Jesse Taylor, the “TUF 25” winner, in a middleweight fight.

With the addition, UFC Fight Night 120 now includes:

  • Anthony Pettis vs. Dustin Poirier
  • Matt Brown vs. Diego Sanchez
  • Karl Roberson vs. Darren Stewart
  • Cezar Ferreira vs. Nate Marquardt
  • Nina Ansaroff vs. Angela Hill
  • Jake Collier vs. Marcel Fortuna

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

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