After the fantastic UFC On Fox 5 (my favorite show of 2012), UFC On Fox 6 has a lot to live up to. For one, it’s right smack dab in between last week’s highly rated 49ers vs. Falcons game, and Super Bowl weekend. Thus, a lot of eye balls would’ve seen the promotion by Fox for the show. The main event features what could be a stylistically excellent fight between two speedsters, but neither is a big name in a division without big names.
We’ll preview the top three fights on the show.
Anthony Pettis Vs. Donald Cerrone
Stevie J: Cerrone by TKO
This is more of a personal pick than an intellectual one – I just really like the Cowboy and always have. I take nothing away from Pettis, except that he’s had a year off, and I don’t think that made him “rusty” – but some people reading this might. Maybe not a bad pick after all.
This is my favorite fight on the card. How can it not be? I kept asking the fight gods of sparta that no one get hurt so this could finally come to fruition. I met with Pettis when his younger brother Sergio was fighting at RFA and he was none too pleased with Cerrone’s smack talking and calling him out when he was hurt. Now fully healthy, look for Pettis to bring back some flashy, devastating moves that can put Cerrone’s lights out. Though both men are well reputed finishers with power to have their way with any opponent, I’m going with Pettis to take this one. I’m also prepared for this to be one of the fights of the year.
GG: Cerrone by decision
I would’ve rather this fight headlined a FX card so that it could be five rounds instead of three. I’m basing my pick on pure rust. No matter if he hasn’t always looked good recently, Cerrone is the more active of the two. It could take Pettis a round to get it going and by then, it may be a round that he’s already lost. These guys will pick up the pace though. They don’t want to be upstaged by the main event.
Glover Teixeira vs. Rampage Jackson
Stevie J: Texeira by TKO
There’s too much on the line for Teixeira to fail here, and Rampage has already mentally quit, which is unfortunate to see but clearly visible in Chicago. He’s still an incredibly talented and charismatic fighter, but he’s packed his bags and booked his flight.
Heidi: Teixeira by submission
Glover is one of the well-rounded, next generation MMA fighters who has ability to pick his opponent apart, and batter them in brutal fashion. With a silent killer type of appeal to him, it’s as though he can find every man’s weakness and exploit it in his favor. Rampage won’t be knocked out and as any MMA fan that followed Jackson through his days of Pride loved his signature howling and slams can attest to, I’m sad that his ride with the UFC come to a close. That being said, I have to think Glover will have the advantage and most likely submit him.
JP: Teixeira by decision
At this point in his career, Rampage Jackson has simply checked out mentally. His head hasn’t been in the game for nearly two years now, as evidenced by his loss to Ryan Bader. Rampage of yesteryear would have abused a fighter of Bader’s caliber, but watching the replay of that fight, Rampage looks like he is going for a paycheck.
That is a bad mentality against a ruthless finisher like Teixiera. Hailed as the next thing coming out of Brazil, Glover is already 33 but fights with the ambition and energy of a much younger guy considering hes only a recent UFC signing.
I think Rampage is still too tough to be finished with fists but I like Teixiera to win a clear 30-27 decision in this one. Then Rampage is done with the UFC.
Duan: Teixeira by 2nd round TKO
I think this bout could mark the end of Jackson as a top level fighter. As much as Rampage has complained about UFC’s matchmaking, it’s probably that which has kept him in the race at 205 until now. He’s been largely booked as an A-side fighter and matched with other established guys in the division. But more importantly, he hasn’t been used as a name opponent for guys on the way up, who are a threat to his place on the card. That is until now. Teixeira needs a signature win to make him a marketable main eventer, and this fight is all about getting it for him. If Glover knocks him out, which I think he will, I’m not sure there is anywhere left for Rampage to go in UFC.
John Dodson vs. Demetrious Johnson
Stevie J: Johnson by decision
5 round fight where two fast guys will find out which one is just a little bit better in every aspect of the game – and as much as I like Dodson it will be DJ.
Heidi: Dodson by decision
In the first title defense of Johnson’s tenure as 125-lb champ, he’ll have to figure out a way to avoid playing John Dodson’s game. Dodson’s on a 5-fight win streak and has roadrunner speed that makes him hard to takedown. In Johnson’s fight with Benavidez, he took him down about 5 times from what I recall and really worked the body when they were standing. Employing that kind of gameplan against the wily Dodson who has much more powerful hands than Benavidez and two TKO’s in his last three, won’t work against The Magician. If Dodson has the gas tank to accompany his explosiveness, we’ll see a new champ crowned.
GG: Dodson by 3rd round TKO
I think Heidi is right. If Dodson can be patient and not gas out early on, I think his power can make the difference. And really, that’s what it’s going to take for both guys to get over with this audience. If this fight turns into a slightly boring, close decision, where you can really pick a guy, I think it hurts the title. Someone needs to take hold of this division and I think Dodson’s power is the difference.