Say what you will about the 125 lb. fighters inside the UFC, just don’t say they’re not exciting. As the promotion returned to the United Center in Chicago, Illinois for UFC on Fox 6, flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson and TUF 14 winner John Dodson delivered non-stop action for 25 minutes to take home the evening’s “Fight of The Night” bonus, earning an extra $50k. Also taking home bonuses for their efforts are Anthony Pettis and Ryan Bader.
Johnson and Dodson battled back-and-forth for five rounds. While the Jackson’s MMA product started strong, putting the champion down repeatedly, “Mighty Mouse” came to save his own day. From the third period on, the AMC Pankration fighter was able to use his speed advantage to control the pace of the bout as “The Magician” began to fade. After what may very well have been the most active fight in the history of the octagon, Johnson would retain his strap and have his hand raised in a unanimous decision victory (49-46, 48-47, 48-47).
Anthony Pettis returned from an eleven-month layoff to dismantle perennial contender Donald Cerrone. The former WEC champion proved to be on an entirely different level in the striking game, using capoeira kicks, a variation of “The Showtime Kick” with his knee, and outright assaulting his opponent’s body with kicks, bringing an end to the notoriously tough “Cowboy” at 2:35 of the opening period. “Showtime” has now earned himself UFC number-one contender status and a $50k “Fight of The Night” bonus.
Records were broken in the UFC light heavyweight division as Ryan Bader took the fastest submission in the weight class’ history, submitting longtime veteran Vladimir Matyushenko with a beautiful front-headlock choke for the “Submission of the Night” check.