UFC On Fox 6 Review With Podcast

WC-021 UFC on Fox 6 concluded this past weekend with the first ever UFC Flyweight title defense. Champion Demetrious Johnson (17-2-1) defended his belt against contender John Dodson (14-6) with a very close unanimous decision victory. Fellow columnist Mitchell Stucky joins me on the Getting Lucky MMA Podcast to breakdown all of the action. In part 1, we cover the Preliminary fights on Facebook and FX. In part 2, we move onto the main card ... and I also pay up for losing a bet with the co-main event, a yodeling love song for infamous referee Kim Winslow. Enjoy. Episode (021) Summary: The FB card saw WWs David Mitchell (12-2) outpoint Simeon Thoresen (17-4-1) for his first UFC victory. They were followed by MW Rafael Natal (15-4-1) dominating Sean Spencer (9-2) on the ground with multiple passes, submission attempts, and even a mounted crucifix before landing a third round arm triangle choke. The HWs were up next as Mike Russow (15-2) gassed out in the second round after a full assault on Shawn Jordan (14-4) in the first. Russow was TKO'd late in the round. The shortest fight of the night belonged to LHW Ryan Bader (15-3), outclassing a venerable Vladimir Matyushenko (26-6) in just 50 seconds. Bader landed a left hook behind the ear and pounced on the dazed veteran with an arm and neck choke from the bottom. It won submission of the night. German fighter, Pascal Krauss (11-1), put on a striking clinic against a tough, but bloodied Mike Stumpf (11-4). The highlight of the fight was the effectiveness of Krauss' superman-uppercut. A new entrant into the Featherweight division, Clay Guida (30-13) took a controversial split decision over Japanese Hatsu Hioki (26-6-2) by largely moving and stealing rounds with takedowns. Hatsu was far crisper on the feet and his active guard neutralized any attempts by Guida for GNP or submissions. The final preliminary fight was a real treat as TJ Grant (20-5) displayed top level muay thai with a combination of knees and short elbows that decimated forward charging Matt Wiman (15-7) in brutal fashion. TJ Grant is now in the contender conversation in the Lightweight division, perhaps with a match-up coming with Jim Miller. The main card started with a Featherweight match between two highly regarded up-and-comers, Erik Koch (13-2) and Ricard Lamas (13-2). Lamas was largely ineffective standing or with his takedowns until he slipped in the second. Koch rushed forward to capitalized, but was reversed and beaten into a stoppage with a vicious cut beneath his left eye. One of the most highly anticipated fights of the fight was supposed to be Anthony Pettis (16-2) facing off against rival Donald Cerrone (19-5, 1), but a first round liver kick by Pettis ended the fight quickly and painfully with the KO of the night. True to his name, "Showtime", Pettis dazzled in the fight with kicks, a flying knee off the cage, and a cartwheel kick. A title shot is upcoming for the young fighter after Henderson-Melendez. Pride veteran Quinton "Rampage" Jackson (32-11) said farewell to the UFC with a third straight loss, this time to Brazilian Glover Teixeira (20-2). Typical with his recent outings, Rampage's attack was one-dimensional and he gassed early. Teixeira gamely let Jackson back on his feet several times after soft second and third round takedowns for a stand-up war. Rampage had little to offer and has by all accounts retired for good from mixed martial arts. Finally, Demetrious Johnson rallied back from three 2nd round knockdowns to dominate in the championship rounds with an endless series of knees. Dodson's inexperience was evident as he seemed gassed and listless going into the fourth. The pair won fight on the night for their efforts.

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Robert Curtis is a columnist, podcaster, screenwriter, and 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.