UFC on Fox 6: Demetrious Johnson vs John Dodson, and Rampage Jackson vs. Teixeira

On January 26, 2013 the UFC on Fox showcases its sixth event.

Headlining the event which will be held at the United Center in Chicago, will be Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson who will be putting his belt on the line against up and coming John Dodson.

While Johnson is more of a technical striker, Dodson possesses knockout power which can quickly turn the tide. Also on the card is the return of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson who will be facing off against a dangerous Glover Teixeira.

The majority of MMA fans would probably agree that Rampage Jackson is on the decline. Besides being a disgruntled fighter with the UFC, his last few fights have not been impressive, and compared to the current evolved MMA fighters of today he is very one dimensional. In addition, he will be going up against a very well rounded Teixeira, who has been on a tear finishing his opponents by several methods.

This is the last fight that Jackson has under contract with the UFC, and many suspect it will be his last. The UFC’s lightweight class is arguably the most stacked class in the organization. Two of the front runners in this class are Donald Cerrone and Anthony Pettis, and they will clash to determine who could possible face the winner of the highly anticipated lightweight championship between Benson Henderson and UFC newcomer Gilbert Melendez.

Also on the main card are featherweights Erik Koch and Ricardo Lamas. Koch’s only loss was to Chad Mendes, and he’s won his last four. Meanwhile, Lamas is currently on a 3 fight win streak, with one of those wins over Cub Swanson. Lamas has only two losses in his MMA career, both of those coming by TKO. While Koch has TKO’ed two of his opponents during his four fight win streak.

Donald Cerrone Defeats Melvin Guillard at UFC 150 Co-Main Event

Donald Cerrone was victorious over former teammate Melvin Guillard in the co-main event of UFC 150. He admits that although he was happy over his win, he feels uneasy as Guillard is also his close friend. The lightweight fight was held at the Pepsi Center at Denver, Colorado.

Cerrone found that the win did not come easy for him; he was able to win by the way with a vicious right driving Guillard to the floor. Melvin Guillard trained with Cerrone at Jackson’s MMA in Albuquerque, New Mexico; this was before he relocated to Florida and joined the Blackzillians. During their fight, Guillard was seen to falling face first to the mat as Cerrone prepared to give him one last blow. But then Cerrone changed his position to give his opponent a rear-naked choke when referee Josh Rosenthal waived off the fight.

Cerrone commented during the post fight interview: “A lot of people was asking me, ‘Will it be hard to finish a teammate?’ And I would say, ‘No’. [But when I was] actually there with that finishing blow, it was very hard. So instead I went for the choke.”

But Guillard also did his best to recover and reclaim his stance. “I was extremely hurt, especially from the knee to the body. It took everything in me to just fight through it and keep going. That was probably the worst I’ve ever been injured in a fight. All I could think of was just sucking it up and keeping my composure to keep going.”

However, at the end of the fight, Cerrone turned the tide of the bout by giving Guillard a lead-leg high kick that landed on Guillard’s skull wobbling the fighter. Then Cerrone’s right hand followed moments later, driving his opponent to the floor.

Cerrone admitted: “Frankly, I thought I just grazed the top of him. I didn’t realize I connected as well as I did. Thankfully, I did, and I was able to follow with the right hand. In training, that’s what I was working on. He drops his hands and fades off that was a lot.” Cerrone also described Guillard as explosive and aggressive at the beginning and he too came “amped up”. “He came out and hit me hard, just like I figured he would.”

Cerrone is a native of Colorado and he also felt excited and proud to fight in front of a hometown crowd.

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