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Anthony Pettis on importance of family ahead of UFC-Norfolk – on anniversary weekend of father's death

NORFOLK, Va. – As it turns out, emotions may be running high for UFC Fight Night 120 headliner Anthony Pettis tonight.

Pettis (20-6 MMA, 7-5 UFC), a former UFC and WEC lightweight champion, takes on Dustin Poirier (21-5 MMA, 13-4 UFC) in the main event. The winner will remain in the title chase at 155 pounds; the loser likely will take a big step back in the pack.

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

This weekend, though, is an emotional one each year for Pettis. Sunday, the 30-year-old told MMAjunkie earlier this week, will be the 14th anniversary of his father’s death – he was stabbed to death by a would-be robber in Milwaukee in 2003.

Pettis, no doubt, would love to honor the memory of his father with a win over Poirier. But he’s got some added incentive, as well.

His mother will be at the fight, watching cageside – something she doesn’t typically do.

Check out the video above to hear from Pettis about his mother, his father’s death, and why he’s doing much of this now for his 6-year-old daughter.

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

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