Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returned to the hurt business last night (Sat., Nov. 11, 2017) for UFC Fight Night 120, which took place inside Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Virginia. The FOX Sports 1-televised event featured a Lightweight bout that saw Dustin Poirier score a huge win over former Lightweight champion Anthony Pettis.
In the co-main event, Matt Brown knocked out Diego Sanchez in the very first round with a vicious elbow, giving “Immortal” a win in what proved to be the final fight of his combat sports career.
Biggest Winner: Matt Brown
There were a lot of big winners last night, but none as big as Matt Brown, who put an end to his long and grueling mixed martial arts (MMA) career in impressive fashion, knocking out the always-dangerous Diego Sanchez in the very first round with one vicious strike — an elbow to the side of the head.
Indeed, the shot dropped “The Nightmare” like a bad habit, giving “Immortal” his walkaway win he was hoping for. Now, Brown gets to ride into the sunset on a highlight-reel win. And who knows, the victory may very will leave Brown with an itch to get another one down the road, as he still didn’t want to fully close the door on his career. That said, there is no better way than to end a combat career than with a knockout win. So if this truly is the end, we thank you Matt for all of the great memories.
Runner Up: Dustin Poirier
Poirier put on a great performance against Pettis -- who brought the fight as well -- as “The Diamond” took it to “Showtime” throughout the bout. Indeed, the matchup saw a lot of transitions, back-and-forth action, and both men having their shining moments. In the end, Pettis tapped to an apparent injury, but Poirier’s dominance can’t be questioned, taking Pettis’ best shots and delivering his own, all while busting up the former champion. Now, Poirier could find himself in a title eliminator fight against the winner of the upcoming bout between Eddie Alvarez and Justin Gaethje.
Biggest Loser: Diego Sanchez
I admit, it’s tough calling Diego a “loser” because “The Nightmare” brings it time after time. But, after suffering his third first-round knockout loss in last four outings, to say Diego is on a rough stretch would be an understatement. What the future holds for the last man standing from the original The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) is unknown, but one can’t deny seeing him take all these damaging losses is tough to do. We all know Sanchez won’t retire on a loss, and he’ll keep fighting until his ticker stops working more than likely. But, he’ll have to switch things up -- and fast — if he wants to get back into the win column.
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