The first Flyweight title defense in UFC history is coming up this weekend on the UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Dodson. Demetrious Johnson (16-2-1) had a rocky road through the Flyweight tournament after a controversial majority draw in the first Semifinal with Ian McCall (11-3-1) and then a Split Decision victory over Joseph Benavidez (16-3) in the Final. Now he faces off against #1 contender, John Dodson (14-5), this Saturday in Chicago. My co-host, fellow WhatCulture.com contributor Mitchell Stucky, and I cover the title fight and all of the action leading up in this edition of the Getting Lucky MMA Podcast. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PSzFrm6nHY Episode (020) Summary: Nearly all of the fighters on the prelims are coming off a loss, leaving us with one of the most lackluster undercards in recent memory. Despite that there are some big names, including Ryan Bader (14-3) facing off against Vladimir Matyushenko (26-6) and Clay Guida (29-13) vs. Hatsu Hioki (26-5-2). The main card starts with a Featherweight bout between Erik Koch (13-1) against Ricard Lamas (12-2). Look for Koch to aggressively pursue a submission, but we predict Lamas takes the UD. Next up is a Fight of the Year candidate between Anthony "Showtime" Pettis (15-2) fighting Donald "The Cowboy" Cerrone (19-4, 1). This will be a stand-up battle between one of the most versatile strikers in the Lightweight division against one of the most technical. This fight can go either direction, but we're tipping Cowboy with a decision victory. Next, it's old school vs. new school as Quinton "Rampage" Jackson (32-10) faces off against Glover Teixeira (19-2). Glove has been red hot, riding a 17-fight win streak with twelve knockouts. Rampage has looked decidedly pedestrian since returning from the set of the A-Team back in 2010. He's 2-3 since and riding a two fight losing streak. Unless Rampage shows that he's diversified his striking game, willing to use his wrestling again, and has fixed a faulty gas tank expect Teixeira to win this fight handily. The main event features two high-caliber wrestlers. We give the edge to Johnson (aka Mighty Mouse) over Dodson for the higher level of career competition and a slicker ground game. Dodson won't be able to use the power that earned him six knockouts against Johnson, who expert to exert relentless take down pressure throughout their match.
Robert Curtis is a columnist, podcaster, screenwriter, and WhatCulture.com MMA editor. He's an American abroad in Australia, living vicariously through his PlayStation 3. He's too old to be cool, but too young to be wise.