Ultimate Fighting Championship delivered yet again with their most recent event UFC on FOX 6, which emanated from the United Center in Chicago, IL. Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson defending his flyweight (125lbs) title against John “The Magician” Dodson served as the night’s main event. Supported by a solid co-main event featuring another “changing of the guard” type affair between former Light Heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson against budding contender Glover Teixeira. The rest of the supporting cast included the lightweight contender Anthony “Showtime” Pettis against fellow WEC crossover Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone. The opening act of the night was a very intriguing featherweight bout between former number one contender Erik Koch facing reborn 145 pounder Ricardo Lamas. Overall, it was a night filled with significant and meaningful fights that had a little bit of everything.
Ricardo Lamas shined under the bright lights and defeated Erik Koch by TKO in the 2nd round by punching and elbowing Koch to a bloody pulp from top position. This fight catered to the blood thirsty fans who want to see violence in most basic equation. But at the same time, referee Big John McCarthy did a superb job and stopped the fight at the correct time, saving Koch at the right time and not allowing the fight to get any bloodier that it needed to get. Network television doesn’t take kindly to extreme gore, but none the less, the spectacle was great way to kick off the broadcast.
Anthony Pettis solidified his status as the next number one contender by stopping the rugged Donald Cerrone by TKO in the first round. A feat equaled by only one other fighter, UFC Lightweight champion Benson “Smooth” Henderson, a fighter Pettis owns a victory over. In fact, Pettis defeated Henderson for the WEC Lightweight title back in 2010 at the WEC’s last event. Pettis may have the opportunity to duplicate that feat should Henderson get past Strikeforce’s last Lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez at the next FOX event, UFConFOX7, scheduled for April 20th. WEC NEVER DIE as fans would say. Pettis vs. Cerrone catered to fans that enjoy a stand up war between two refined strikers, one rather traditional, and the other with a bit more flash.
The co-main event gave fans a preview of the changing of the guard. UFC and PRIDE star Quinton Jackson was defeated by up-and-coming Glover Teixeira by unanimous decision. As recent as last month, we saw a similar story with Rory McDonald brilliantly dissecting future Hall Of Famer BJ Penn, or with Cain Velasquez taking out Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in short order. It’s nothing new, but it’s a painful part of the fight game and we saw another example of Saturday night.
Within a minute and a half of the first round, Jackson was taken down and back mounted. Those opening minutes set the tone for remainder of the fight. It ended with Glover mounting Quinton in the closing seconds of the 3rd round. It’s been reported that this is possibly Jackson’s last fight in the UFC.
And then there was one…..the main event. To this point in the development of the UFC’s newest weight division, the Flyweights, I get the impression that the 125ers haven’t been given the proper respect, acknowledgement and acceptance they should. But Dana and the boys at the UFC are doing their part to make sure they do, at least from their side of things that starts with a main event spot to showcase the division’s top talent on their 6th edition of UFC on FOX.
For fans who love the technique, speed and overall MMA skills which these little guys pack, it was set as the main event to showcase all of these traits on one of the UFC’s biggest platforms. Needless to say the fight did not disappoint. Demetrious Johnson defeated John Dodson by unanimous decision. “Mighty Mouse” survived a scare or two to rally back in the championship rounds to retain his flyweight title. To Dodson’s credit, he showed why he was chosen to be the first challenger for the newly minted title. Not only did he drop Johnson a couple of times, but one of those times it actually appeared as if Johnson was very much hurt and it looked liked his title reign was in serious jeopardy; perhaps a tactical mistake on the part of “The Magician” that he didn’t pounce on Johnson when he was hurt. Nevertheless, Johnson persevered to hold onto his belt.
Joe Rogan said to Johnson after the match that he epitomizes what’s best in Mixed Martial Arts, I can’t say I disagree. He went five full rounds to win the title and now another five rounds to defend it. Over the course of 25 minutes, Johnson and Dodson showed to the world what MMA means to hard core fans. Mixed Martial Arts is more than quick knock outs like dos Santos vs. Velasquez 1. Johnson and Dodson showed how far MMA at an elite level has come. It’s only fitting that it was showcased as a main event on FOX.