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UFC on FOX 6: Johnson vs. Dodson Aftermath — Reasons to Care About Little Flyweights


By George Shunick

When the UFC first began its relationship with Fox, the results were mixed. The first show had only a 64 second fight, and the next two shows – while solid – didn’t do so well in the ratings. Even as the cards themselves picked up on UFC on Fox 4 and 5, the production of the show was excessively drawn out and was tedious to watch at times. But UFC on Fox 6 showed just how good these cards can be. Packed with excellent, violent fights, and backed with the full might of the Fox marketing machine, this card was the first that fulfilled the potential of MMA on network television.

But let’s talk fights, shall we? I know the flyweights aren’t nearly as respected as they should be in some parts of the fight community, but if you’re still in those parts after last night’s performance, do us all a favor, stop reading and get the fuck out. Because what you just witnessed was one of the best, if not the best 5-round title fights in the promotion’s history.

In an extraordinarily competitive fight, John Dodson took an early lead off the strength of his…well, strength. He landed a number of monster lefts that were able to knock Demetrious Johnson down, and showed how he is arguably the most exciting fighter in the entire division. But it was for naught, because what Dodson has in excitement, Johnson has in sheer stamina, will and technique. He roared back in the latter rounds, particularly the championship rounds, delivering innumerable knees to the head, body and legs, mixing in takedowns, and consistently pushing forward.

Dodson was unable to keep Johnson’s pace, and in the final round, Johnson unleashed vicious flurries as Dodson backed up. Though he never wilted, Dodson was defeated. Demetrious Johnson remained champion, and was able to deliver one of the better post-fight shout outs you’ll hear. While Benson Henderson may believe all things are possible through Christ (excuse me, “through CHRIST!!!”), Johnson appears to have sided with a more contemporary deity – the Xbox 360.

In the co-main event, Glover Teixeira showed why the hype behind him isn’t a joke. “Rampage” Jackson came out motivated, and despite the snark put forth his way of late, he put up a fight. He mixed in hooks, low kicks, jabs, and had excellent head movement and defense throughout. Was he in the best shape of his life, as he claimed? No. But he presented a serious challenge to Teixeira, who throws mostly hooks, which Jackson excels in defending. And through the first few minutes of the first round, you could make the argument Jackson was winning the fight.

Then Glover decided it was time to use some world class grappling. Jackson’s takedown defense isn’t what it was, but then again, the wrestling in MMA isn’t what it was either. Teixeira transitioned beautifully between single legs, double legs and body locks during his takedowns, and that’s how he was able to drag Quentin down. And when he had him down, that’s where “Rampage” was helpless. He was able to return to his feet each time, save the last, but not before suffering ground and pound and fending off submission attempts.

On the feet, the fight remained competitive, though Glover was able to hurt Jackson at least twice. The best moment of the fight came in the second round, where Jackson and Teixeira engaged in a type of call-and-response boxing exchange, each man trading combinations and daring the other to fell him. It was a surreal test of skill and display of braggadocio from both men, and when Teixeira came on top after landing a serious body shot, you knew that the fight was over.

Jackson’s career in the UFC might be done now, but even in defeat he helped build a challenger – who realized he had to develop a jab against a an opponent with excellent boxing defense – in a division that he helped define for the better part of the past decade. Hopefully, he won’t end up as the next Gary Goodridge, but only time will tell.

I have mixed feelings about the bout between Anthony Pettis and Donald Cerrone. On one hand, I thought this was going to be the most exciting, competitive, back-and-forth fight of the night. (In other words, I thought it was going to be Fight of the Night.) That did not happen. But what did happen… what did happen was Pettis made Cerrone – who possesses arguably the best Muay Thai in the division – look like a nobody. He utterly annihilated him with superior boxing, footwork, a spinning wheel kick (that missed), a knee off the wall and finally a brutal liver kick that probably gave Bas Rutten a spontaneous erection, even if he wasn’t watching the fights. There’s not much to say here – Anthony Pettis deserves, and is getting, the next lightweight title shot after Melendez. He’s also the most exciting striker not named Anderson Silva.

On the first fight of the main card, Ricardo Lamas continued his tear in the featherweight division by brutally dispatching Erik Koch in the second round. After Koch attempted to capitalize on a Lamas slip, only to be taken down, Lamas rained devastation from above, smashing Kock with elbows and punches that opened up a brutal cut, squirting blood of its own accord. Koch, someone who was supposed to challenge Jose Aldo for the featherweight crown, was left with nothing but shattered dreams and blood. Lots and lots of blood. Lamas, on the other hand, might take his place as the next man in line for a shot.

Two notes from the undercard; one, Clay Guida did not deserve to win that fight. Hatsu Hioki, although he was on the bottom for most of the fight, controlled the entire fight with his guard and through submission attempts. He even did more damage than Guida on the feet. Judges continue to overrate takedowns that accomplish little to nothing for the fighter in top position. If it was Minotauro Nogueira on bottom, he’d have won. Because he’s Asian and relatively unknown, he lost. It’s unacceptable. On the bright side, T.J. Grant brought the pain to Matt Wiman. Grant dominated with brilliant Muay Thai before putting Wiman out of his misery with two beautiful standing elbows. Sadly, he didn’t manage to get KO of the Night because of Pettis’ liver kick, but he should get a fight with Jim Miller to find out who truly has the best ginger beard in the division.

Main Card Results

Demetrious Johnson def. John Dodson via UD (48-47 x2, 49-46)
Glover Teixeira def. Quentin “Rampage” Jackson via UD (30-27 x2, 29-28)
Anthony Pettis def. Donald Cerrone via TKO (2:35, Round 1)
Ricardo Lamas def. Erik Koch via TKO (2:32, Round 2)

Preliminary Card Results
T.J. Grant def. Matt Wiman via KO (4:51, Round 1)
Clay Guida def. Hatsu Hioki via SD (29-28, 30-27, 28-29)
Pascal Krauss def. Mike Stumpf via UD (30-27 x3)
Ryan Bader def. Vladimir Matyushenko via SUB (0:50, Round 1)
Shawn Jordan def. Mike Russow via TKO (3:48, Round 2)
Rafael Natal def. Shane Spencer via SUB (2:13, Round 3)
David Mitchell def. Simeon Thoreson via UD (30-27 x3)

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ytrebil- January 28, 2013 at 3:38 am
Does anyone have any stats on division breakdowns on how fights end? I thought the title fight was decent, but to call it one of the promotions best ever fights is a joke. I knew within the first round that this fight was going all the way… Dodson rocked MM once and that was it… MM is not a knockout artist (rarely anyone in that division is) and although I admire him as a fighter and athlete, he’s just not that exciting. He performed a really nice combo near the end of the fight, that if it came from a middleweight, would have left his opponent sprawled across the canvas.

Anyway, this weekend’s event is going to be epic.
dranokills- January 27, 2013 at 9:38 pm
"Two notes from the undercard; one, Clay Guida did not deserve to win that fight. Hatsu Hioki, although he was on the bottom for most of the fight, controlled the entire fight with his guard and through submission attempts. He even did more damage than Guida on the feet. Judges continue to overrate takedowns that accomplish little to nothing for the fighter in top position."

Ok that is bullshit.
Clay easily won that fight, and yeah I woulda gave it to him 30 to 27 for all 3 rounds as well.Clay pushed the fight. all that pitty patty shit Hioki threw was weak, he didn't once take the center of the octagon, nor did he ever control the fight...Clay did. Clay took him down each time, did a little ground and pound, and alot of lay and pray, but so what? The ref stood em up, Clay kept on doing what he wanted, kioki couldn't stop him or change it. If everyone believes Randy Couture is a great fighter cause he can press you against a cage, and wear you down, then you gotta understand take-downs mean a LOT more than pitty patty punches. Carlos Condit proved that against pitty patty puncher Diaz. wanna win, push the pace, be the aggressor. It ain't about being Asian, look at Okami, he don't play pitty patter bullshit. submission attempts that fail are just take take-down attempts that fail, neither make points.
dipsetkilla316- January 27, 2013 at 6:44 pm
Except without the draw, But if they Deducted a point from DJ for that illegal knee it would've been a draw.
dipsetkilla316- January 27, 2013 at 6:42 pm
I'm not a big DJ fan, but I have to admit that was a great fight. Styles and abilities really do make fights. It's sort of reminded me of Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard 2
Spitting into the wind- January 27, 2013 at 6:24 pm
Great night of fights. Thoroughly enjoyable. Mighty Mouse is a beast as is Pettis and TJ Grant. And Rampage is gone and I wont have to listen to his shit anymore!
Does anyone know why Matt Wiman had no sponsors for his fight? Getting your hole opened up is one thing but getting ur hole opened up and not getting cash is all sorts of depressing.
Amjur- January 27, 2013 at 3:56 pm
What happened to you Guida? You used to be cool. For years you were an exciting fighter - someone fans could count on to bring the action. Whether you won or lost, fights with Florian, Diaz, Gomi, dos Anos were barn-burners. You'd look pissed off whenever a round ended, eager to get back into the middle of the cage to mix it up. Now, you've relegated yourself to a miserable strategy of lay-n-pray (Pettis, Hioki) or poke-n-dash (Maynard). Pathetic.
danomite- January 27, 2013 at 2:07 pm
Anthony Pettis was in the zone last night. Possibly the best striking I've ever seen in MMA, other than anderson silva, but anderson usually does his crazy shit against guys with much worse striking. Anthony Pettis just fought one of the top 5 strikers in the lightweight division and made him look like an amateur. As for Cerrone, that guy needs to learn some head movement or he's going to end up like Kampmann.
boomer- January 27, 2013 at 2:02 pm
besides the mandatory lame ass Guida fight, last night was epic! btw Ben Goldstein sucks dick!
Fail Sonnen- January 27, 2013 at 1:53 pm
So much for the Mike Russow experiment.
FightZen- January 27, 2013 at 12:42 pm
"smashing Kock with elbows" Ouch.
Shunick- January 27, 2013 at 1:04 pm
Well, that was a rather unfortunate typo.