Back from long layoff, Tatiana Suarez wants to take scenic route to UFC title

NORFOLK, Va. – Tatiana Suarez isn’t looking to rush into a UFC title shot after returning from a long layoff with a victory over Viviane Pereira on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 120.

Still young in her career, Suarez (5-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) labeled new UFC strawweight champion Rose Namajunas as an inspiration. Following her dominant unanimous decision win over Pereira (13-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC), Suarez said Namajunas (7-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC) had a long road of ups and downs before claiming the belt from Joanna Jedrzejczyk, and while she’s not exactly planning to have downs, she wants to enjoy the journey.

“I want to stay busy; that’s what I want to do,” Suarez told MMAjunkie after the win. “I want to face tough opponents and put in multiple battles. I want to earn my way to the top. I don’t want to just be like, ‘Mouth, mouth, mouth – I’m fighting for the title.’ I want to work for that. I want a journey to there. That’s what makes that win that much better.”

UFC Fight Night 120 took place at Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va. Suarez beat Pereira on the FS1-televised card following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Although the fight was one-sided and even earned one 30-26 scorecard, Suarez wasn’t able to get a stoppage, as she had in the majority of her fights prior. She didn’t cite any ring rust after taking more than a year off following a win on “The Ultimate Fighter 23;” she just said her Brazilian foe was tough.

“I knew she was going to be a tough opponent, and that’s what my coaches were telling me before the fight,” Suarez said. “It pushes you; it shows you how much you have. She was tough to put away, and give me five more seconds in the last round and I would have finished her, but I’m really excited. I’m proud of my performance, especially after a long layoff.”

With plans to take the scenic route to the belt, the 26-year-old said she’s willing to take on all comers in her weight class. She believes she proved herself in a big way against Pereira, and is ready to do that again against another tough opponent.

“Whatever the UFC gives me, I’ll take it,” Suarez said. “That girl was 13-0 and when they gave me her name I said yes. I’m not scared to put myself out there. You’ve got to take chances in order – you’ll never know unless you put yourself out there.”

To hear more from Suarez, 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 results: Tatiana Suarez dominates in return, overwhelms Viviane Pereira

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Sixteen months after winning “The Ultimate Fighter 23” crown, Tatiana Suarez (5-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) looked like she hadn’t missed a beat, absolutely dominating a previously undefeated Viviane Pereira (13-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC).

The women’s strawweight 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 aired on FS1 following additional prelims on UFC Fight Pass and ahead of a main card on FS1.

While both women were looking to grapple early, it was Suarez who rattled off a few big kicks to start. Suarez then moved inside and battled through a Pereira standing guillotine to lift and slam her opponent to the canvas. Pereira tried to hold tight underneath, but Suarez smoothly transitioned from position to position until working her way to the back. Pereira did well to prevent a choke from ending the fight, but Suarez controlled the position and peppered her opponent with punches in a dominant round.

It was more of the same in the second, with Suarez bringing the fight quickly to the floor and then just dominating the position and raining down nasty punches and elbows from top position. Pereira did finally work her way to the feet but quickly found herself back on the canvas after a failed guillotine attempt, and Suarez continued to dominate on the ground.

Suarez looked to strike a bit to start the third, firing kicks to all levels at distance. But the takedown again came with relative ease, and Suarez just dominated the action on the floor. Pereira tried to scramble and offer some type of threat from her back, but there was just no answer for Suarez’s relentless attack. Suarez tried to finish with an armbar in the final seconds but had to settle for a dominant decision win, 30-27, 30-27and 30-26.

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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Report: 'TUF 23' winner Tatiana Suarez meets Viviane Pereira at UFC Fight Night 120 in Norfolk

At long last, the Season 23 winner of “The Ultimate Fighter” will return to the octagon this fall.

“TUF 23” winner Tatiana Suarez (4-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) will take on Brazil’s Viviane Pereira (13-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) in a fight between unbeaten strawweights at UFC Fight Night 120. The booking first was reported by Brazilian news outlet, though it has not yet been formally announced by the UFC.

UFC Fight Night 120 takes place Nov. 11 at Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va. The event airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Suarez submitted Amanda Bobby Cooper, who was won of her teammates under coach Claudia Gadelha, to win “TUF 23” in July 2016. She picked up a $50,000 bonus check for her first-round D’Arce choke and stayed perfect as a pro at 4-0. But the 26-year-old Californian, who is a former Team USA wrestling standout and onetime Olympic hopeful who several years ago fought and beat thyroid cancer, has been on the sideline since winning the show.

Viviane Pereira

Pereira kept her perfect record intact in June when she took a unanimous decision from Jamie Moyle at uFC 212 in her home country. Prior to that, she won her promotional debut at UFC 206 this past December with a split decision over Valerie Letourneau in Toronto. That bout was her first time fighting outside her native Brazil. The fight against Suarez will be her first time competing in the United States.

With the addition, the latest UFC Fight Night 120 card now includes:

  • Anthony Pettis vs. Dustin Poirier
  • Matt Brown vs. Diego Sanchez
  • Nina Ansaroff vs. Angela Hill
  • Cezar Ferreira vs. Nate Marquardt
  • Karl Roberson vs. Darren Stewart
  • Jake Collier vs. Marcel Fortuna
  • Junior Albini vs. Andrei Arlovski
  • Court McGee vs. Sean Strickland
  • Clay Guida vs. Joe Lauzon
  • Viviane Pereira vs. Tatiana Suarez

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

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