The MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada hosts UFC 160 Saturday night. The heavyweight title is up for grabs when champion Cain Velasquez (11-1) meets “Bigfoot” Antonio Silva (18-4) in the main event. “The Super Samoan” Mark Hunt (9-7) has been making a resurgence and hopes to keep it alive when he battles the former heavyweight king, “Cigano” Junior Dos Santos (15-2). “The Bully” Gray Maynard (11-1-1) will test his mettle against TJ Grant (20-5) in a lightweight showdown with the victor earning the right to a title shot. KJ Noons (11-6) makes his Octagon debut as he is set to tango with “Cowboy” Donald Cerrone” (19-5). The card’s anchor, however, is a light heavyweight shoot-out between Glover Teixeira (20-2) and James Te Huna (16-5). Both men have been unstoppable in their recent outings, but one man’s rise to the top will take a slight dive when the cage door closes.
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 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.