Saturday night's UFC on Fox 6 was one of the most exciting UFC shows in the short tenure of UFC events on Fox. Held at the United Center in Chicago, 16,091 fans attended the event to see some exciting action from the UFC.
The main event featured a bout between two of the world's top flyweights in UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson and challenger John Dodson. When you talk about flyweight you talk about pace and speed. Both Johnson and Dodson showed that the flyweight division is going to be one of the UFC's most exciting.
The fight began with an incredible pace. Dodson showed his power early on in the fight by sending the champ down and hurting Johnson early. However, it was the pressure and footwork of Johnson that aloud him to control most of the fight. In the fifth and final round, Johnson pressed Dodson against the cage and was able to deliver some vicious knees to the head of Dodson, but to the credit of Dodson he was able to survive.
When it was all said and done Johson was awarded the bout by the judges with two scores of 48-47 and one of 49-46.
"It was a great fight, and I'm very happy the fans liked it," the defending champ Johnson said to Joe Rogan following the fight. "He hit me pretty good a couple of times. I was stunned, but I am in great shape, and my head cleared very quick. He's very tough, very strong. I hit him with a lot of knees late on, but he's very tough. That was a great fight and great first defense."
In the night's co-main event, UFC vet and former light heavyweight champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson met fast rising star Glover Teixeira. Teixeira controlled every aspect of the fight. Teixeira was able to get the better of the stand up, rattling Jackson in the first and second rounds. He was able to take Jackson to the ground and control him there as well. Teixeira showed the UFC audience that he is a legitimate contender by winning what may be Jackson's last fight in the UFC 30-27, 30-27, and 29-28 according to the judges.
During the post-fight press conference UFC president Dana White still was not sure if we have seen the last of Jackson in the UFC. "I don't know (if we'd re-sign him)," White told reporters. "We'll see how this thing plays out and see what happens."
Jackson and the UFC have been in what has become a fairly bitter contract dispute over the last several months.
Former WEC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis added to his case for a lightweight title shot by defeating Donald Cerrone in a very convincing first round TKO victory. Cerrone, often the victim of his own ability to start very slowly in fights, seemed a little overwhelmed by Pettis. Pettis landed a brutal kick to the liver of Cerrone and that was the end as the ref stopped the fight at the 2:35 mark of the first round.
The night's Fox televised portion of the show opened with Ricardo Lamas defeating Eric Koch in the first round of their featherweight fight. Lamas moved his record in the UFC to 4-0 with a brutal elbow to a downed Koch that opened a nasty cut under Koch's right eye. It was soon after that when the ref stopped the fight because Koch was out after being on the receiving end of more ground and pound from Lamas.
This was without a doubt one of the best cards the UFC on Fox series has offered. When the night was over Demetrious Johnson and John Dodson received the 'Fight of the Night' bonus along with Anthony Pettis and Ryan Bader, who won the 'Knockout of the Night' and 'Submission of the Night' bonuses respectively. Those checks will bring the awarded fighters a cool 50K each.
Below are the official results of the entire UFC on Fox 6 card courtesy of MMAjunkie.com:
MAIN (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)
- Demetrious Johnson def. John Dodson via unanimous decision (49-46, 48-47, 48-47) - to retain flyweight title
- Glover Teixeira def. Quinton Jackson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
- Anthony Pettis def. Donald Cerrone via TKO (body kick, strikes) - Round 1, 2:35
- Ricardo Lamas def. Erik Koch via TKO (strikes) - Round 2, 2:32
PRELIMINARY (FX, 5 p.m. ET)
- TJ Grant def. Matt Wiman via KO (elbows) - Round 1, 4:51
- Clay Guida def. Hatsu Hioki via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)
- Pascal Krauss def. Mike Stumpf via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Ryan Bader def. Vladimir Matyushenko via submission (guillotine choke) - Round 1, 0:50
- Shawn Jordan def. Mike Russow via TKO (strikes) - Round 2, 3:48
- Rafael Natal def. Sean Spencer via submission (arm-triangle choke) - Round 3, 2:13
PRELIMINARY (Facebook, 4:30 p.m. ET)