The doors of the United Center in Chicago, Illinois have closed and the lights have dimmed but the dust has far from settled in the aftermath of UFC on FOX 6. “The Magician” John Dodson (14-6) must return to the drawing board after almost capturing UFC flyweight gold in the second round only to be shut down for the remaining three rounds by the champion “Mighty Mouse” Demetrious Johnson (17-2-1). Dangerous blue chipper Glover Teixeira (20-2) increased his winning streak to 18, three in the UFC, by dismantling the face, and possibly the UFC career, of former light heavyweight champion “Rampage” Quinton Jackson (32-11) who is very likely looking at life outside the Octagon now. A long-time grudge match between top lightweight contenders “Showtime” Anthony Pettis (16-2) and “Cowboy” Donald Cerrone (19-5) turned into a highlight reel for “Showtime” after he took the Jackson Submission Fighting game plan out of the equation by unexpectedly switching stances, and another title contention situation was settled in the opening bout when “The Bully” Ricardo Lamas (13-2) stormed out in front of his hometown crowd and put an end to the title dreams of “New Breed” Erik Koch (13-2). In the mercurial sport that is MMA, there is never any set in stone future following a good, or bad, night, but to get an idea what might happen to the victors and the defeated, MMA Gospel has The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.
The following fight bonuses were awarded for UFC on FOX 6: Johnson vs. Dodson
Submission of the Night:
Ryan Bader (over Vladimir Matyushenko) receives $50,000
Knockout of the Night:
Anthony Pettis (over Donald Cerrone) receives $50,000
Fight of the Night:
Demetrious Johnson and John Dodson each receive $50,000
Click here for the full list of UFC on FOX 6 results.
The United Center in Chicago, Illinois sets the stage for UFC on FOX 6 Saturday night. “New Breed” Erik Koch (13-1) and “The Bully” Ricardo Lamas (12-2) will kick off the main card in a featherweight showdown. In a promising candidate for “Fight of the Night”, “Showtime” Anthony Pettis (15-2) takes on “Cowboy” Donald Cerrone (19-4) in a 155lbs. grudge match some time in the making. Heavy-handed Brazilian Glover Teixeira (19-2) will face his biggest competition to date when he battles former light heavyweight champion “Rampage” Quinton Jackson (32-10) in the latter’s reported final fight in the UFC. In the card’s closer, the flyweight title is on the line when champion “Mighty Mouse” Demetrious Johnson (16-2-1) takes on The Ultimate Fighter 14 winner, “The Magician” John Dodson (14-5).
The NFL season might be slowly winding down but it is another healthy feed of mixed martial arts action January 26 as the UFC returns for its sixth installment on the FOX network. Opening the main card, “New Breed” Erik Koch (13-1) steps back into the spotlight after a lengthy lay-off to battle “The Bully” Ricardo Lamas (12-2). WEC veterans-turned-UFC lightweight contenders are set to collide as “Cowboy” Donald Cerrone (19-4) meets “Showtime” Anthony Pettis (15-2). “Mighty Mouse” Demetrious Johnson (16-2-1) defends his flyweight title against “The Magician” John Dodson (14-5) in the main event. Before the night closes, the co-main event will see Glover Teixeira (19-2) try to make the jump from prospect to contender when he takes on former light heavyweight champion “Rampage” Quinton Jackson (32-10) in his final organizational appearance.
The UFC on FOX 6 card set to take place Saturday in Chicago presents some of the most interesting story lines in recent memory. What’s more interesting is that three out of the four main card bouts may not come completely out of left field, but they certainly aren’t anything that the pundits could have predicted. The flyweight title fight between “Mighty Mouse” Demetrious Johnson (16-2-1) and “The Magician” John Dodson (14-5) makes great sense considering the latter’s highly successful return to flyweight, but very few even saw his return to 125lbs. in the cards after his success on TUF. The light heavyweight showdown between Glover Teixeira (19-2) and “Rampage” Quinton Jackson (32-10) is old news at this point following an injury delay, but the match itself makes little sense. “Rampage” is 3-2 in his last five on a two-fight skid and a dangerous opponent like Teixeira is not the kind of fighter a guy on the outs looks for. The opening fight between “New Breed” Erik Koch (13-1) and “The Bully” Ricardo Lamas (12-2) is a fight that is happening solely because the UFC decided that a title fight 145lbs. debut for “The Answer” Frankie Edgar (15-3-1) was better for the company than making good on their offer to Koch who patiently waited for the champ to recover from injury. The only fight on this card that everyone saw coming from a mile away was the pairing of WEC stand-out strikers and bitter rivals “Cowboy” Donald Cerrone (19-4) and “Showtime” Anthony Pettis (15-2).
The UFC will waste no time in reloading and firing again as just a week after a stellar UFC on FX 7 card, the world’s premier MMA organization returns to FOX for a flyweight title affair between “Mighty Mouse” Demetrious Johnson (16-2-1) and “The Magician” John Dodson (14-5). Setting the stage for “Mighty Mouse’s” first title defense is the return of mercurial PRIDE superstar “Rampage” Quinton Jackson (32-10) as he attempts to derail the hype train of feared blue chip wrecking machine Glover Teixeira (19-2) and a lightweight tilt between WEC kickboxing stand-outs “Cowboy” Donald Cerrone (19-4) and “Showtime” Anthony Pettis (15-2). Opening the festivities will be another pairing of former WEC elites. “New Breed” Erik Koch (13-1) has easily won both of his UFC bouts and has eyes set firmly on the 145lbs. belt. In a similar position is “The Bully” Ricardo Lamas (12-2) who may have failed to achieve victory on the final WEC card but tore into the UFC with three straight impressive wins.
UFC 152 was a night filled with an interesting dichotomy of events. Many things went exactly as the fans expected them to but shocked them out of their seats at the exact same time. For instance, much of the MMA world expected “Bones” Jon Jones (17-1) to dominate the aging “The Phenom” Vitor Belfort (21-10). He did, but not before the renowned striker locked in a deep Armbar from the bottom and did serious damage to the champion’s elbow and the nerves in his biceps. The UFC Flyweight Championship was expected to be a lightning fast, technical affair and it delivered despite the boos of some uneducated fans. However, the manner in which “Mighty Mouse” Demetrious Johnson (16-2-1) dismantled Joseph Benavidez (16-3) and out-wrestled the Alpha Male standout was a shock to even Johnson’s staunch supporters. “All-American” Brian Stann (12-5) was able to land some heavy leather on the supposedly glass jaw of “The Count” Michael Bisping (23-4), but the Brit was still successful in controlling the pace and winning convincingly. Perhaps the only fight that went exactly as expected in every way was “The Hammer” Matt Hamill’s (11-4) ho-hum decision victory against “The Hulk” Roger Hollett (13-4). The opening fight between Cub Swanson (18-5) and “Do Bronx” Charles Oliveira (16-3-1) was contested at a catchweight due to problems with Oliveira’s weight cut, but he seemed no worse for wear in the Octagon. Then Swanson shattered his orbital with a right hand and sent “Do Bronx” crashing to the mat and handing him his first loss at 145. Winning isn’t everything, especially in the UFC. Sometimes a winning fighter still fails to achieve his potential rewards and sometimes a loser advances his career more than he could have with a pair of back-to-back wins. To explore this, MMA Gospel has The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.
—MAIN CARD (on Pay-Per-View @ 10:00pm ET)—
Jon Jones vs. Vitor Belfort: Jones via Submission (Americana), Round 4, 0:54
Joseph Benavidez vs. Demetrious Johnson: Johnson via Split Decision (48-47, 47-48, 49-46), Round 5, 5:00
Michael Bisping vs. Brian Stann: Bisping via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28), Round 3, 5:00
Matt Hamill vs. Roger Hollett: Hamill via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27), Round 3, 5:00
Cub Swanson vs. Charles Oliveira: Swanson via KO (Punch), Round 1, 2:40
The UFC has had a tumultuous month riddled with injuries, fight cancellations, and the drama surrounding the demise of UFC 151. Through it all, though, the world’s top mixed martial arts promotion persevered, and tonight returns to action in Ontario, Toronto, Canada to present UFC 152: Jones vs. Belfort to the eagerly awaiting fans in the Air Canada Centre and across the world watching via Pay-Per-View. Getting things started is WEC veteran Cub Swanson (17-5) facing off with the submission savvy “Do Bronx” Charles Oliveira (16-2) in a featherweight match-up. Next, TUF 3 contestant “The Hammer” Matt Hamill (10-4) returns from a year-long retirement to welcome Bellator transplant “The Hulk” Roger Hollett (13-3) to the Octagon. Anchoring the main card is a middleweight strikers’ duel between British bad boy “The Count” Michael Bisping (22-4) and bonafide US military hero “All-American” Brian Stann (12-4), with the winner hoping to have his name thrown into the title contention hat. The co-main event is quite literally one for the record books, as Joseph Benavidez (16-2) and “Mighty Mouse” Demetrious Johnson (15-2-1) square off the the inaugural UFC Flyweight Championship title. Capping off the night is the somewhat unexpected pairing of reigning UFC Light Heavyweight Champion “Bones” Jon Jones (16-1) and Old Guard fighter and former champ “The Phenom” Vitor Belfort (21-9). Who will come out on top? Only time will tell, but for now the staff of MMA Gospel takes a stab at predicting who will reign victorious and who will be sent packing.
With the UFC being plagued by the injury bug as of late, many fights have been either postponed or canceled entirely, leaving fans of the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization starving for action. Much to the pleasure of MMA enthusiasts across the globe, Saturday night the UFC is back in full swing and looks to bring what could be one of the most exciting cards of the year including two title fights. The main event looks to showcase “Bones” Jon Jones (16-1) defending his 205lbs. division championship belt against a late replacement for the injured “Hendo” Dan Henderson (29-8): “The Phenom” Vitor Belfort (21-9). In the co-main event fans will see the first ever UFC Flyweight Champion be crowned as Joseph Benavidez (16-2) takes on “Mighty Mouse” Demetrious Johnson (15-2). Both these fights look to be high paced and the highlight of the main card, which also has a middle weight match-up that could possibly decide number one contender status as “The Count” Michael Bisping (23-4) takes on the heavy-handed “All-American” Brian Stann(12-4). Fans will also see the return of “The Hammer” Matt Hamill (11-4) as he looks to make a comeback, taking on UFC newcomer “The Hulk” Roger Hollet (13-3). Kicking off the main card, the always exciting Cub Swanson (17-5) takes on the dangerous “Do Bronx” Charles Oliveira (16-2). FX and Facebook will share the duties of bringing the undercard to viewers, however on the FX prelims look out for “The Kid” Jimy Hettes to be the one that makes a name for himself at UFC 152.