The Good, The Bad and the Ugly: UFC Fight Night 120 Edition.
The Good, The Bad and the Ugly features the best, worst and horrendous of Fight Night 120.
We’re back with another edition of The Good, The Bad and the Ugly. Fight Night 120 was a pretty darn solid event, and the fighters gave the fine fans of Norfolk, VA a night to remember. It was Veteran’s Day and the fighters did their best to pay respects to those who have served and continue to serve in the armed forces. There’s plenty to talk about, so let’s get into it.
Dustin Poirier – Dustin Poirier is a savage. Dustin is not afraid of hard work. For those who have been paying attention to his last camp, it was bananas. He is doing some next level reflex and speed work. He just continues to improve, and his victory over former champion Anthony Pettis is a big, big deal. He’s not won six of his last seven, and he’s undoubtedly going to move up the rankings from #8. He wants the winner of Justin Geathje and Eddie Alvarez, and I’d love to see it.
Nina Ansaroff – Nina Ansaroff and Angela Hill had a great fight during the prelims last night. Nina Ansaroff now won two consecutive fights in the deep Strawweight division. Her back to back wins could find her breaking the top 15 in the rankings as well as a fight with a Randa Markos or a Paige VanZant. It was a great performance and she deserves some attention for it.
Sage Northcutt – Sage looked GREAT last night. His striking was fast, accurate and on point. He landed a triple jab at one point that was a work of art. Sage went 15 minutes, pushing the pace and never tired. His time spent at TAM has been time very well spent. He looked vastly improved. He’s coming along as a professional and should be breaking the top 15 shortly.
Matt Brown – If Matt Brown entered the Octagon for the last time as he claimed, what a way to go out. Brown landed an elbow not to be believed, knocking Diego Sanchez out cold. You can see it here. After the fight, he called his small sons into the cage and it was a nice sendoff. He didn’t retire post-fight with his speech, leaving the door open for his return. I don’t know how you top that though.
UFC/FS1 Production Team: Matt Brown and Diego Sanchez are meeting in a brawl for the ages. Right when the knockout elbow of doom lands, Fox Sports 1 cuts away to an empty press room. Yep, the fans at home had no idea how the fight ended. It was an error not to be believed. I’m guessing whoever dropped the ball and hit the wrong button is regretting it. What a blunder from the FS1/UFC production crew. Really bad form.
Diego Sanchez: Man, I love Diego Sanchez. I’ve been a huge fan of his since his days in King of the Cage prior to TUF 1. He’s an animal in the cage and an absolute gentleman outside of it. Thoughtful, smart and kind. It’s because I’m such a fan, that I hate seeing him getting knocked out like he did last night. He’s lost 3 of his last 4, and all three of those were TKO losses suffered in the first round. I will never call for a fighter to retire, it’s a decision for him, his team and family. I will simply say, I don’t want to see Diego Sanchez in the cage again. He has nothing left to prove.
Joe Lauzon: Joe has dropped 3 of 4 and 4 of 6 now going back a couple of years. He’s a great fighter, but it seems like he’s having a hard time getting it done in the Octagon. Joe has a young family and is a tremendous teacher and you just have to wonder how much longer he wants to keep grinding in the UFC. He was stopped by Guida in about a minute and took some unncesary damage in the fight. Not his best performance.
Junior Albini’s Shorts: Sometimes something happens during an event that is completely unrelated to the fights that make everyone take notice. Dennis Hallman famously wore a speedo into the Octagon once, infuriating Dana White in the process. Well, last night Junior Albini fashioned his Reebok shorts into what can only be described as a diaper. Yes, you heard me correctly. Twitter exploded and for three long rounds, we watched a man who cuts to 265 wear a diaper in the Octagon. Don’t believe me? I’ve included a picture. Hey, if I have to see it, so do you!
Who’s a big boy? Junior Albini is a big boy! Hopefully, he was able to wrangle a promotional deal with Pampers out of the ordeal, because he lost the fight.