Johnson defends title, Rampage loses his last UFC fight!
UFC on FOX 6 treated us to the first defense of the flyweight title in the history of the organization, and Demetrious Johnson was the better fighter over five rounds and deserved to retain the title. Quinton "Rampage" Jackson suffered a defeat in his last fight for the UFC after all. Glover Teixeira was more active and better over the 15 minutes of the fight.
Quite a few of the UFC's fans have yet to fully come to terms with flyweight matches, having even criticized Demetrious Johnson after his winning of the title a few months ago, even though the fight as extremely attractive. But if he continues to fight like this, he could have a quite a large fan base soon enough.
The clash between Johnson and Dodson took no less than 25 minutes to finish, with both fighters showing flashes of greatness at moments. It was apparent that Johnson was much better prepared in terms of fitness, keeping the same pace over the entire five rounds, while Dodson showed signs of tiredness as fight neared its end. Both fighters were really great, the viewers could see a few light knockdowns, but the fight round proved decisive as Demetrious upstaged his opponent quite convincingly.
The fact that the fight was briefly stopped twice due to Johnson's illegal punches should not be dismissed as well. First he hit Dodson in the crotch, and later proceeded with a knee kick in a disallowed situation.
The last appearance of the legendary Rampage in the octagon ended in a new defeat in his career, but he definitely has nothing to be ashamed about. Once again he showed he was a stout-hearted fighter, but he does have some problems with fitness and maybe it is time for him to take on less demanding challenges in lower-level MMA organizations after all.
For the most part, Teixeira was the more active fighter, showed more attacking initiative and, more importantly, found his target on more occasions, whereas many of Jackson's attempts were blocked. Glover had several great opportunities to end the fight, but Quinton simply refused to give up.
The fight between Anthony Pettis and Donald Cerrone was quite brief, ending at the middle of the first round. Pettis stunned his rival at one moment, Donald went for a retreat to buy some recovery time, but took a nasty kick in the liver and simply couldn't stay on his feet afterwards.
Ricardo Lamas also won via TKO after a barrage of elbow strikes in the second round. The fastest win came from Ryan Bader who ended it all before the end of the first round with a guillotine choke.
UFC on FOX 6 results:
Demetrious Johnson def. John Dodson – unanimous decision
Glover Teixeira def. Quinton Jackson – unanimous decision
Anthony Pettis def. Donald Cerrone – TKO (strikes, 1R 2:35)
Ricardo Lamas def. Erik Koch – TKO (strikes, 2R 2:32)
TJ Grant def. Matt Wiman – KO (1R 4:51)
Clay Guida def. Hatsu Hioki – split decision
Ryan Bader def. Vladimir Matyushenko – submission (guillotine choke, 1R 0:50)
Shawn Jordan def. Mike Russow by TKO (strikes, 2R 3:48)
Pascal Krauss def. Mike Stumpf – unanimous decision
David Mitchell def. Simeon Thorensen – unanimous decision
Rafael Natal def. Sean Spencer – submission (arm-triangle choke, 3R 2:13)