UFC Norfolk Recap

While the finish of his match was anti-climatic when considering how well it was being received, Dustin Poirier got what might arguably be the biggest win of his UFC career at the Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Virginia, on Saturday night.

Poirier defeated Anthony Pettis, a former UFC lightweight champion, in a battle of ranked lightweights in the main event of Saturday’s edition of UFC Fight Night.

Poirier got in an early takedown on Pettis, but Pettis threatened a guillotine choke before transitioning to a Kimura. Poirier escaped and the two exchanged for a little bit. Poirier attempted another takedown, but Pettis got underhooks in and pinned Poirier against the cage. Poirier landed a hard uppercut, stunning Pettis. Poirier continued to fire away, though Pettis landed a respectable spinning back fist of his own.

Poirier got a double-leg takedown in early on in round two, but Pettis threatens to lock in an arm-triangle. Poirier countered to take Pettis’ back and started striking awa. Pettis developed a bad cut over one of his eyes, though he transitioned and nailed  Poirier with elbows. After a period of battling for position, the referee called in the doctor to examine Pettis’ face, but Pettis is eventually cleaned up and allowed to continue. Pettis nearly locks in a triangle, but Poirier lands several hard shots in a round that proved to be a potential Round of the Year.

The finish, however, came in the third round. With a body triangle locked in for Poirier attempted to transition into either an arm-triangle or take full mount, when Pettis injured his ribs on the turn, forcing a stoppage due to injury.

“I’m not gonna ask for a fight. I’m gonna tell you,” Poirier said after the fight. “I’m gonna fight the winner of Alvarez-Gaethje and then fight for the title.”

In the co-main event, Matt Brown defeated Diego Sanchez in what may have been the final time Brown entered the UFC Octagon. If it is the end, Brown went out in style with a vicious, highlight-reel knockout late in the first round.

UFC Norfolk Main Card (10 p.m., Fox Sports 1):
Lightweight: Dustin Poirier def. Anthony Pettis via TKO (Rd. 3, 2:08)
Welterweight: Matt Brown def. Diego Sanchez via KO (Rd. 1, 3:44)
Heavyweight: Andrei Arlovski def. Junior Albini via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Middleweight: Cezar Ferreira def. Nate Marquardt via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Catchweight (138.5 lbs.): Raphael Assuncao def. Matthew Lopez via KO (Rd. 3, 1:50)
Lightweight: Clay Guida def. Joe Lauzon via TKO (Rd. 1, 1:07)

UFC Norfolk Preliminary Card (8 p.m., Fox Sports 1):
Bantamweight: Marlon Moraes def. John Dodson via split decision (30-27, 27-30, 30-27)
Women’s Strawweight: Tatiana Suarez Padilla def. Viviane Pereira via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
Lightweight: Sage Northcutt def. Michel Quinones via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Women’s Strawweight: Nina Ansaroff def. Angela Hill via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

UFC Norfolk Early Prelims Card (7 p.m., UFC Fight Pass):
Welterweight: Sean Strickland def. Court McGee via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Light Heavyweight: Jake Collier def. Marcel Fortuna via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Middleweight: Karl Roberson def. Darren Stewart via submission (rear-naked choke) (Rd. 1, 3:41)

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