Demetrious Johnson proved his worth at UFC on Fox 6. | Photo:
Johnson educated John Dodson
on the differences between champion and challenger.
Pushing a merciless pace, Johnson retained his Ultimate Fighting
Championship flyweight crown with a unanimous decision over “The
Ultimate Fighter” Season 14 winner in the
UFC on Fox 6 headliner on Saturday at the United Center in
Chicago. All three cageside judges scored it for Johnson (17-2-1,
5-1-1 UFC): 48-47, 49-46 and 48-47.
Dodson (14-6, 3-1 UFC) spent himself in the first and second
rounds, dropping the champion to a knee with a stout left hand in
the first before staggering him with another in the second.
“I got dazed a little bit, but I’m in great shape,” Johnson said.
“[Getting hit is] going to happen. It’s like going swimming. You’re
going to get splashed.”
“Mighty Mouse” -- who secured takedowns in all five rounds -- never
stopped moving forward, and he eventually wore down Dodson. In the
fourth frame, Johnson brought the Thai plum into play, as he
bludgeoned Dodson with repeated knees to the head and body. Much of
the same unfolded in the fifth, where the champion appeared close
to a finish on more than one occasion. Though Dodson kept his nose
in the fight, the decision was lost.
According to FightMetric figures, Johnson out-landed his challenger
in terms of significant strikes in all five rounds.
“It was a great fight,” Johnson said. “I spent 14 weeks in a hard
training camp working on my muay Thai clinch and trying to become a
better mixed martial artist.”
Glover likely ended Rampage's UFC career.
Teixeira Outduels ‘Rampage’ Jackson
Brazilian contender Glover
Teixeira recorded his 18th consecutive victory with a one-sided
unanimous decision over former UFC light heavyweight champion
“Rampage” Jackson in the co-main event. All three cageside
judges ruled in favor of Teixeira (20-2, 3-0 UFC): 30-27, 30-27 and
Teixeira struck for half a dozen takedowns in the 15-minute bout
and deployed his strikes at various levels, attacking the legs,
body and head.
He dropped Jackson with a left hook above the ear in the first
round and swarmed for a possible finish, but the notoriously
durable “Rampage” answered the challenge and found a way back into
Left hooks to the head and body, jabs and the occasional uppercut
kept Teixeira out in front. Jackson faded noticeably in the third
round, succumbing to three takedowns in that frame alone. Teixeira
closed out the most significant win of his career in full mount,
firing away with elbows and punches over the final 30 seconds.
Pettis Liver Kick Stops Cerrone
In his first appearance in nearly a year, former
World Extreme Cagefighting champion Anthony
Pettis stopped Donald
Cerrone with a first-round liver kick in a featured lightweight
clash. Cerrone (19-5, 6-2 UFC) folded 2:35 into round one, finished
by strikes for the first time in his professional career.
Pettis folded Cerrone with knees and kicks.
Pettis set the tone from the start. Fighting from the southpaw
stance, the 25-year-old Duke Roufus protégé ripped rights and lefts
to Cerrone’s head. The
Jackson’s Mixed Martial Arts export answered with a crisp knee,
but Pettis shifted his focus to the body. It paid dividends.
Several kicks backed up Cerrone and one last shin to the side
“He’s dangerous,” Pettis said. “I didn’t want to go in there
recklessly and get caught with a right hand or something stupid, so
I played it safe. I knew I was going to finish him. Donald called
me out. He shouldn’t have done that. He said I was scared. I ain’t
scared to fight anybody. I want the champ, and I want that belt
Lamas opened Koch's face with elbows.
Lamas Elbows Finish Koch
Lamas continued his drive towards title contention with an
impressive second-round technical knockout against
Roufusport prospect Erik Koch.
Lamas (13-2, 4-0 UFC) brought their featherweight showcase to a
violent close 2:32 into round two.
“I’m a nervous wreck before all my fights,” Lamas said, “but being
here with all my family and friends and fans made me more at ease
for this fight than any other.”
Lamas kept his adversary tied up in the clinch for much of the
first round and then went to work. The Chicago native slipped early
in the second frame, leaving what appeared to be an opening for
Koch (13-2, 2-1 UFC). However, Lamas sprawled, powered into top
position and assaulted his 24-year-old foe from inside guard.
Punches and elbows fell, increasing in intensity with each passing
moment. One of the elbows sliced through flesh and opened a
horrendous cut near Koch’s right eye. Soon after, the relentless
Lamas barrage forced referee “Big” John McCarthy to intervene.
“If I get on top of you, you’d better watch out,” Lamas said. “I’m
not letting you up until you’re bloody or knocked out.”More UFC on Fox 6 »
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