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UFC on Fox 6: Dodson v. Johnson

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UFC on Fox 6 has several fights to drain the saliva glands of rabid UFC fans.

Quick twitch John ‘The Magician’ Dodson matches his formidable skills against 125 pound champ and owner of the best moniker in fight sports, Demetrious ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson.

Mighty Mouse persevered through the flyweight elimination tournament and has recently defeated Ian ‘Uncle Creepy’ McCall and Joseph Benavidez by using superior athleticism and making few, if any, mistakes.

Dodson tore through TUF 14 and has shown speed, power, and a skill set to rival if not surpass Mighty Mouse’s. This will be an extremely fast fight, so you may need to TiVo or record and freeze-frame to see all the nuanced action.

This fight is too close to call, but a slight edge goes to the champ because of the high-level talent he’s fought and defeated lately. Don’t blink.

Stalwart future hall-of-famer Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson takes on the new threat in the 205 pound division, Glover Teixeira. Teixeira has only had two fights in the UFC, stoppages over Kyle Kingsbury and Fabio Maldonado. The latter victory was one-sided and brutal, bringing to mind Rampage in his earlier years.

Recently, Rampage has become more cerebral and technical in his approach, especially with training and boxing, though he still refuses to check leg kicks. In the good old days he was master of the body slam. He still brings that intensity but coiled inside an improved head game.

This is a big test for Teixeira. Most recently, though, Rampage lost a decision to Ryan Bader and was submitted by Jon Jones in a 2011 title fight. He also lost to Rashad Evans in a close decision in 2010. His recent split decision win over Lyota Machida is his only bragging point of late, and not much of one at that.

Rampage is on his way out, and Teixeira perhaps on his way up. This will be Rampage’s first KO/TKO loss in the UFC, and perhaps a push to well earned retirement. As much as I love Rampage, it’s always good to see new talent shine.

Donald ‘The Cowboy’ Cerrone squares off with Anthony ‘Showtime’ Pettis in a 155 pound match with title shot implications. Pettis defeated current UFC champion Benson Henderson in the WEC in 2010, and has been pining for a shot at Bendo. Showtime’s recent submission win over Joe Lauzon was nothing if not impressive.

Pettis v. Henderson makes for a big fight, since Henderson has done nothing but improve after that loss to Pettis. But The Cowboy, who has impressive wins over Dennis Siver and Melvin Guillard,  will have something to say about that. His only blemish lately is a three round decision loss to Nate Diaz.

Pettis via KO in round 2.

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