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Anthony Pettis would have smoked Dustin Poirier at UFC Norfolk — but it was late and he was kinda tired

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Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight champion, Anthony Pettis, was submitted by fellow 155-pound contender, Dustin Poirier, in the main event of UFC Fight Night 120 last November in Norfolk, Virginia.

Watch the replay here.

Poirier had a marked advantage when the FOX Sports 1 headliner finally got underway. It was already midnight by the time they got around to squaring off and Pettis had long since gone flat, presumably because it was past his bedtime and he was super tired.

“Showtime” breaks it down for MMA Fighting:

“I won’t stay down forever. Obviously I’m still pushing, I’m still training, I’m still in the gym, I’m still getting better and I’ve just got to show it in my fights now. That’s the big thing. It’s something to do with that mental mindset. Honestly, for the Poirier fight, I warmed up at like 3 p.m. [and felt good] before the fight. If I would’ve fought Poirier at 3 p.m., I would’ve smoked him. And then, coming out at midnight when we fought out there, I just was flat. It was like a mental thing again, so that’s what I’m trying to figure out.”

The solution is simple!

Pettis can fight at 3 p.m. ET when the promotion stages one of its Fight Pass events in Europe (like this one). Sure, only 22 people will be able to watch him compete, but think of the travel miles collected when all is said and done.

We’ll see who gets smoked when Pettis collides with former TUF guy Micheal Chiesa at the UFC 223 pay-per-view (PPV) event next month in Brooklyn, New York (more on that fight here).

To see who else is fighting at UFC 223 click here.