The event marks the second time the UFC has visited Chicago, after UFC on Fox: Evans vs. Davis was held at the United Center on Jan. 28, 2012.
Last weekend’s UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Bisping was a mixed bag for bettors and bookies alike. Five bouts were awarded to the favorite with five bouts also going to the underdog. The 11th bout was ordered a no contest after Yuri Alcantara struck Pedro Nobre with an illegal punch to the back of the head. The event’s biggest upset went to Ildemar Alcantara – considered 37/20 to win the contest – who applied a kneebar, forcing a second round Wagner Prado submission.
This Saturday’s event features a four-bout main card (to be aired on Fox) alongside a six-bout preliminary card (to be aired on Fuel TV). A seventh undercard bout between Simeon Thoersen and David Mitchell will be broadcast on UFC’s Facebook page ahead of the event.
Johnson vs. Dodson
The sixth installment of UFC on Fox will be headlined by a bout for the UFC Flyweight Championship.
Inaugural flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson will defend the title he won at UFC 152 against John Dodson, who defeated Jussier Formiga on Oct. 5, to be named No. 1 contender.
Johnson (16-2-1) is 4-1-1 since joining UFC in Feb. 2011, with all four victories coming via a decision. His only loss came in a UFC Bantomweight Championship matchup against Dominick Cruz on Oct. 1, 2011. Johnson has won two straight since that bout, a contest he lost by unanimous decision.
Johnson’s last bout was on Sept. 22, 2012, in Toronto. That night, the native of Madisonville, Ky., defeated Joseph Benavidez to become the UFC’s first flyweight champion, albeit by split decision. Johnson will hope for a decisive victory on Saturday night to cement his position at the top of the weight class.
Dodson (15-5-0) – winner of The Ultimate Fighter 14 – has gone 3-0 in his short UFC career. Two of those fights have seen a TKO finish on punches, while his bout against Tim Elliot at UFC on Fox: Diaz vs. Miller ended with a unanimous decision. The Albuquerque fighter has won his last 5 bouts.
Bookmakers have the defending champion as favorite in this one. Johnson is 4/9 to win the bout, while Dodson is 7/4.
Jackson vs. Teixeira
It’s been nearly a year since Quinton “Rampage” Jackson stepped into the Octagon. He’ll make his eagerly-awaited return on Saturday against Glover Teixeira.
Jackson (32-9-0) will enter the United Center looking to put the brakes on a two-bout skid. In his last outing (Feb. 26, 2012), he came up on the wrong end of a decision against Ryan Bader, who will feature on Saturday’s undercard. Before that, Jackson was bested in a UFC Heavyweight Championship bout with Jon “Bones” Jones. The veteran fighter will look for a win on Saturday to remain relevant in the light heavyweight division.
Teixeira (19-2-0) is a fighter on the way up, potentially at least. The Brazilian has won 17 straight fights, including his first two bouts in UFC. The last time he tasted defeat was on Mar. 26, 2005. Of course, during that streak he didn’t face anybody quite like “Rampage” Jackson.
In his last bout (Oct. 13, 2012) Teixeira finished off Fabio Maldonado by TKO in Rio de Janeiro, after doctors pulled the plug on the fight. A win on Saturday night would be huge for Teixeira’s career, and would certainly have to propel him into the championship conversation.
Bookmakers have Teixeira as favorite at 5/17, with Jackson considered 13/5 to win.
Pettis vs. Cerrone
Anthony “Showtime” Pettis will square-off with Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in a lightweight elimination matchup on Saturday, with the winner moving forward to challenge for the title, currently held by Benson Henderson, who defends against Gilber Melendez on Apr. 20.
Cerrone (19-4-0, 1NC) will look to win a third straight contest, and seventh in eight attempts since joining the UFC. The only blemish on his UFC record came against Nate Diaz at UFC 141 on Dec. 30, 2011. Last time out (Aug. 11, 2012), Cerrone handed a KO defeat to Melvin Guillard.
Pettis (13-2-0) will also be looking for a third straight victory and a seventh win in eight bouts. The Milwaukee-based fighter and The Ultimate Fighter 13 runner-up has gone 2-1 in the UFC. In his last bout (Feb. 26, 2012), Pettis scored a KO victory over Joe Lauzon.
Bookmakers have Cerrone evens to take the bout, while Pettis is the favorite at 10/13.
Koch vs. Lamas
In the opening bout on Saturday’s main card, two fighters undefeated in UFC action will clash, as Erik Koch takes on Ricardo Lamas.
Lamas (12-2-0) is 3-0 in UFC contests, defeating Hatsu Hioki – who will feature on Saturday’s undercard – by unanimous decision in his last bout (Jun. 22, 2012). Lamas returns to the city he was born in looking for a big win.
Koch (13-1-0) is 2-0 in UFC contests and has won four straight bouts all told. Last time out (Sep. 17, 2011), the Milwaukee fighter scored a unanimous decision over Jonathan Brookins. A submission specialist early in his career, Koch has yet to show the UFC world what he has to offer in that department, scoring one victory by KO and the other by decision.
Bookmakers favor Koch in this one, giving him 5/8 odds of winning the bout. Lamas is considered 13/10.
UFC on Fox 6: Johnson vs. Dodson Full Card
Saturday 26 January, 7:30 PM ET
United Center, Chicago, IL
All odds supplied by Bovada.
Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson (16-2-1) vs. John “The Magician” Dodson (15-5-0)
Class: Flyweight (UFC Flyweight Championship Bout)
Odds: Johnson (4/9), Dodson (7/4)
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (32-9-0) vs. Glover Teixeira (19-2-0)
Class: Light Heavyweight
Odds: Jackson (13/5), Teixeira (5/17)
Anthony “Showtime” Pettis (13-2-0) vs. Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone (19-4-0, 1NC)
Odds: Cerrone (1/1), Pettis (10/13)
Erik “New Breed” Koch (13-1-0) vs. Ricardo “The Bully” Lamas (12-2-0)
Odds: Koch (5/8), Lamas (13/10)
T.J. Grant (19-5-0) vs. “Handsome” Matt Wiman (15-6-0)
Odds: Grant (4/5), Wiman (20/21)
Clay “The Carpenter” Guida (29-10-0) vs. Hatsu Hioki (26-5-2)
Odds: Guida (2/5), Hioki (39/20)
Ryan “Darth” Bader (15-3-0) vs. Vladimir “The Janitor” Matyushenko (26-6-0)
Class: Light Heavyweight
Odds: Bader (2/11), Matyushenko (15/4)
Mike Russow (15-2-0, 1NC) vs. Shawn “The Savage” Jordan (13-4-0)
Odds: Russow (10/19), Jordan (31/20)
Mike Stumpf (11-3-0) vs. Pascal “Panza” Krauss (10-1-0)
Odds: Stumpf (2/1), Krauss (5/13)
Rafarel “Sapo” Natal (14-4-1) vs. Sean “Black Magic” Spencer (9-1-0)
Odds: Natal (5/13), Spencer (2/1)
Simeon “The Grin” Thoresen (17-3-1) vs. David Mitchell (11-2-0)
Odds: Thoresen (5/12), Mitchell (19/10)