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 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.
—MAIN CARD (Live on FX, 9:00 PM ET)—
Gray Maynard vs. Clay Guida: Maynard via Split Decision (48-47, 47-48, 48-47), Round 5, 5:00
Sam Stout vs. Spencer Fisher: Stout via Unanimous Decision (30-27 30-27, 30-27), Round 3, 5:00
Brian Ebersole vs. TJ Waldburger: Ebersole via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28), Round 3, 5:00
Ross Pearson vs. Cub Swanson: Swanson via TKO (Strikes), Round 2, 4:14
—MAIN EVENT (on FOX)—
Cain Velasquez vs. Junior Dos Santos: Dos Santos via KO (Punches), Round 1, 1:04
—UNDERCARD (on FoxSports.com and Facebook)—
Clay Guida vs. Ben Henderson: Henderson via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27), Round 3, 5:00
Dustin Poirier vs. Pablo Garza: Poirier via Submission (D’arce Choke), Round 2, 1:32
Cub Swanson vs. Ricardo Lamas: Lamas via Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke), Round 2, 2:16
Damarques Johnson vs. Clay Harvison: Johnson via TKO (Punches), Round 1, 1:34
Norifumi Yamamoto vs. Darren Uyenoyama: Uyenoyama via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26), Round 3, 5:00
Mackens Semerzier vs. Robert Peralta: Peralta via TKO (Punches), Round 3, 1:54
Alex Caceras vs. Cole Escovedo: Caceras via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27), Round 3, 5:00
Mike Pierce vs. Paul Bradley: Pierce via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27), Round 3, 5:00
Aaron Rosa vs. Matt Lucas: Rosa via Majority Decision (28-28, 30-26, 30-26), Round 3, 5:00
Submission of the Night: Ricardo Lamas (over Cub Swanson) earned $65,000
Knockout of the Night: Junior Dos Santos (over Cain Velasquez) earned $65,000
Fight of the Night: Clay Guida and Ben Henderson each received $65,000
The biggest night in MMA history will take place on Saturday when the UFC presents its first offering on network TV giant FOX. UFC on FOX will only feature one main event bout on national TV, but leading up to it, live via the internet, are several solid bouts. The featherweights will open things as Dustin Poirier (10-1) takes on Pablo Garza (11-1) and Cub Swanson (15-4) makes his UFC debut against “The Bully” Ricardo Lamas (10-2). The lightweights will usher in the main event as a potential title shot is on the line between “The Carpenter” Clay Guida (29-11) and “Smooth” Ben Henderson (13-2). However the fight that the UFC has bet all the marbles on is a heavyweight tilt of epic proportions as red hot knockout artist “Cigano” Junior Dos Santos (13-1) challenges the seemingly unstoppable Cain Velasquez (9-0) for his UFC Heavyweight Title. The stakes have never been higher for either man as each faces challenges they never have before against the other on the biggest stage MMA has ever graced.
November 12 will mark the biggest day in MMA history since the first UFC event in Denver, Colorado. This Saturday, the UFC will step entirely out from the shadows and into the light on the biggest stage in the world: FOX primetime television. Going against top-rated TV shows and sporting events watched by millions every week, the world’s premier MMA organization will offer up a bout for its most prestigious title, the UFC Heavyweight Championship currently held by Cain Velasquez (9-0). Across the cage from the champ will be brutal knockout artist “Cigano” Junior Dos Santos (13-1). It is the only bout slated to be televised. Supporting the bout via live internet stream, lightweight stand-outs “The Carpenter” Clay Guida (29-11) will face former WEC champion “Smooth” Ben Henderson (13-2) and WEC fan favorite Cub Swanson (15-4) will make his UFC debut against “The Bully” Ricardo Lamas (10-2). Also appearing on the card, WEC and now UFC journeyman Dustin Poirier (10-1) will square off against Pablo Garza (11-1) who has made the most of his opportunities following his disappointment on The Ultimate Fighter.
It was one of the biggest moves in mixed martial arts history when the UFC and FOX Broadcasting Company announced in August that they were joining forces. The end result is a stacked card in the inaugural UFC on FOX 1 card easily accessible to a nationwide audience. The Pay-Per-View worthy main event comes at a steal when current UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez (9-0) puts his title and undefeated streak on the line against fellow hard-hitter “Cigano” Junior Dos Santos (13-1-1). Lightweight contenders “The Carpenter” Clay Guida (29-11) and “Smooth” Ben Henderson (13-2) battle it out with potential title aspects on the line. Owner of two consecutive fight bonuses “The Scarecrow” Pablo Garza (11-1) engages with another promising featherweight “Diamond” Dustin Poirer (10-1). Prior to all this action, former WEC featherweight contender Cub Swanson (15-4) makes his UFC debut with “The Bully” Ricardo Lamas (10-2) waiting to greet him. Lamas and Swanson both have the ground credentials and strikes to get the job done. The edge might not stand out so clear but when either man sees a chance to capitalize, a referee’s intervention is bound to follow.
—MAIN CARD (on Versus)—
Cheick Kongo vs. Pat Barry: Kongo via KO, Round 1, 2:39
Rick Story vs. Charlie Brenneman: Brenneman via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28), Round 3, 5:00
Matt Brown vs. John Howard: Brown via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28), Round 3, 5:00
Matt Mitrione vs. Christian Morecraft: Mitrione via KO (Punches), Round 2, 4:28