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.view original article >>
As he looks to bounce back from a loss in his octagon debut, UFC-Sydney’s Ashkan Mokhtarian credits brother Suman for his confidence.Filed under: News, UFC, Videos read news >>
The biggest fight of Francis Ngannou’s young career is right around the corner against Alistair Overeem at UFC 218.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC, Videos read news >>
UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway has some questions about the mindset of Jose Aldo going into their title rematch at UFC 218.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>
UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway appears to be well fed going into his first scheduled title defense against Jose Aldo at UFC 218.Filed under: Blue Corner, Featured Videos, News, UFC read news >>
Ahead of UFC 218, Suckerpunch Entertainment has teamed up with a CBD oil company. read news >>
There's plenty on the line at UFC 218 but it appears all of the athletes were saving any potential drama for fight night after everybody made weight early Friday morning in Detroit. Both champion and read news >>
With Emil Meek’s visa issues ahead of UFC 219, Kamaru Usman says Colby Covington was offered a fight with him – but “declined, once again.”Filed under: Featured, News, UFC, Videos read news >>
Jared Cannonier remains humble ahead of UFC on FOX 26 and says he “ain’t got no time” to be fake with bold claims and outrageous actions.Filed under: News, UFC, Videos read news >>
Ahead of the UFC Fight Night 123 main event Saturday in Fresno, Calif., watch headliner Cub Swanson take out Dennis Siver in Las Vegas.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC, Videos read news >>
Go behind the scenes with Robbie Lawler and Rafael dos Anjos ahead of their UFC on FOX 26 showdown in "Road to the Octagon." read news >>