UFC Norfolk – Under the Radar Fight Night card might be the best non-ppv Fox card yet

The UFC matchmakers seriously put in some effort when making these fights a few months ago as UFC Norfolk seems to be one of the better fight night cards that they’ve made. The main event is a Lightweight battle between former champion Anthony Pettis and Contender Dustin Poirier. In the co-main event, Welterweight legend Matt Brown says goodbye to the octagon (Maybe) in a battle against the always tough Diego Sanchez.

Anthony Pettis (-117) Vs. Dustin Poirier (-103)

Anthony Pettis has had a weird career since losing his belt to Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 185. He lost 4 of his last 5 with two of those fights coming at 145 pounds, his losses coming to the aforementioned dos Anjos, Eddie Alvarez, Edson Barboza, and Max Holloway. Meanwhile, Poirier has had a career resurgence. Since his loss to Conor McGregor at UFC 178 he has a record of 5-1 with 1 no contest. In that no contest, he was arguably defeating Eddie Alvarez until Alvarez threw an accidental illegal knee and the fight was stopped. I believe that with Dustin Poirier entering his prime, he will defeat Anthony Pettis by a Unanimous decision, Pettis’ mental state as of now cannot be good while Poirier is coming in with tons of confidence and I wholeheartedly believe that will be the difference maker. Dustin Poirier Def. Anthony Pettis

Matt Brown (-340) Vs. Diego Sanchez (+280)

Matt Brown publically stated a few months ago that his fight with Diego Sanchez will be his last and that he will call it a career. He has since softened on that stance since but I still believe that there is a strong chance he does retire after the fight. Matt Brown has lost his last 3 fights and 5 of his last 6 and does not look like he will be able to revitalize his career to the same amount he did back in 2011. Diego Sanchez meanwhile has done OK in his recent octagon visits going only 3-3 but getting upset victories in two of those wins (Marcin Held, Ross Pearson). I predict that these two brawlers will put on the fight of the night and brown gets a late stoppage for the victory. Matt Brown Def. Diego Sanchez

Junior Albini (-330) Vs. Andrei Arlovski (+270)

We haven’t seen Junior Albini in the UFC for long but in his one fight, he made a statement, earning a performance bonus with his TKO victory over Tim Johnson. Junior Albini having any kind of power means that he will take the victory in this fight as Andrei Arlovski’s chin is gone, he has moved from Jackson’s to ATT in an attempt to reinvigorate his career but he should really just accept that he is not going to defeat anyone with that glass chin of his. Andrei has competed with the best the UFC has to offer and has won UFC gold but now he is just embarrassing himself and should retire. Junior Albini Def. Andrei Arlovski

Nate Marquardt (+230) Vs. Cezar Ferreira (-270)

The former TUF:Brazil winner Ferreira has a tough test ahead of him when he takes on former title challenger Nate “The Great” Marquardt. Nate Marquardt is only 3-8 in his last 11 fights but I think he actually defeated Vitor Belfort back in June and got screwed over by biased judging (Which happens at least once on any Brazil card). Ferreira has won 3 in a row before his last fight and looks to rebound from that loss to Elias Theodorou. When looking at the records of these two fighters you see some question marks in the level of competition between the two. Marquardt has clearly faced higher level competition and has shown that he can still finish fights in his fights against Tamden McCrory and CB Dollaway. I have the upset in this fight. Nate Marquardt Def. Cezar Ferreira

Raphael Assuncao (-330) Vs. Matthew Lopez (+270)

Lopez missed weight for this fight when he tried out a new nutrition strategy and that backfired on him. Surprisingly, however, I believe Lopez will take the win. Lopez is a great Bantamweight prospect coming from Dana White: Looking for a Fight. Lopez showed he belongs in the upper echelon of the bantamweight division in his dismantling of Johnny Eduardo back in June and I can see him defeating Assuncao on Saturday. Assuncao is an experienced all-around fighter and has won 5 of 6, the problem with that is that the last two were split decision victories and in the Aljamain Sterling fight, I thought he lost. I’m taking another upset in this one. Matthew Lopez Def. Raphael Assuncao

Joe Lauzon (+100) Vs. Clay Guida (-120)

How hasn’t this fight happened yet? These two should have fought back in 2010, at least they finally will. Now with most fighters, I will actually analyze the fight and predict how the matchup will end. When Joe Lauzon is fighting I will just pick him to win. Joe Lauzon Def. Clay Guida

Other Selections:

John Dodson (-110) Def. Marlon Moraes (-110)

Tatiana Suarez (-265) Def. Viviane Pereira (+225)

Sage Northcutt (-159) Def. Michel Quinones (+139)

Angela Hill (-188) Def. Nina Ansaroff (+163)

Sean Strickland (-255) Def. Court McGee (+215)

Marcel Fortuna (-240) Def. Jake Collier (+205)

Darren Stewart (+185) Def. Karl Roberson (-220)

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