Main Card (on FS1)
TJ Dillashaw (c) (12-2) vs. Dominick Cruz (20-1)†
Anthony Pettis (18-3) vs. Eddie Alvarez (26-4)
Travis Browne (17-3-1) vs. Matt Mitrione (9-4)
Ross Pearson (20-9, 1 NC) vs. Francisco Trinaldo (18-4)
Preliminary Card (on FS1)
Patrick Côté (23-9) vs. Ben Saunders (19-6-2)
Tim Boetsch (18-9) vs. Ed Herman (23-11, 1 NC)
Chris Wade (10-1) vs. Mehdi Baghdad (11-2)
Maximo Blanco (12-6-1, 1 NC) vs. Luke Sanders (10-0)
Preliminary Card (on UFC Fight Pass)
Paul Felder (10-2) vs. Daron Cruickshank (16-7)
Ilir Latifi (11-4, 1 NC) vs. Sean O’Connell (16-6)
Charles Rosa (10-2) vs. Kyle Bochniak (6-0)
Rob Font (11-1) vs. Joey Gomez (6-0)
Francimar Barroso (17-4) vs. Elvis Mutapcic (15-3)
†For UFC Bantamweight Championship
UFC Fight Night 81 Start Times
Main Card on FOX Sports 1: 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT
Prelims on FOX Sports 1: 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT
Prelims on UFC Fight Pass: 6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT
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“The year had its ups and downs, but it went well overall,” Poppie told MMAWeekly.com. “I made some good steps.
“In the fight (against Rakim Cleveland) I won, I did well and executed, though I was a bit sloppy, but I’ve cleaned that up. The one I lost, Andrew (Sanchez) just beat me punch and he hits hard. I’m really glad they turned out they did. A loss sucks, but it’s really helped me change my game and improve as a fighter.”
Poppie not only made adjustments to his physical game, but also his outlook, and it has him more positive about his prospects than ever.
“I’m having more fun,” said Poppie. “I’m more confident with what I’m good at and bad at. Both are becoming much, much better. I’m training and fighting finally up to my potential, I believe. I still have a ton of work to do, but I’m finally putting things together in a fashion that suits me.”
Another reason for Poppie’s growing confidence is the fact that after his fight with Sanchez, the RFA made it clear that because the fight was so outstanding that they wanted him back for more.
“When the president of the company stops you in the hall and tells you that he wants you back to fight for them as soon as possible, that says a lot right there,” said Poppie. “People are still talking about (that fight).
“It’s been six months and people are still talking about how exciting it was. Even though it was a loss, I think it shows that both Andrew and I can go in there and just go at it and try to put each other away.”
“Since my last fight, I believe I have improved drastically and that I’ll find every hole in his game and exploit them fully,” said Poppie of facing Stroup.
Following what he feels was a positive year; Poppie has his mind set on having an even better 2016 for himself.
“My goal is to make it to the UFC and do this full time. That would be phenomenal if it happens this year,” said Poppie. “Overall, I want to keep improving, keep winning, and make money.”
He also thanks McGregor for making fighters have to work harder to promote their fights.