Tune in at 8:00 PM ET for coverage of UFC on FOX 6: Johnson vs. Dodson. David Esposto will be liveblogging for your enjoyment.
Good evening fight fans! I'm David Esposto and welcome to theScore Live Blog's continuing coverage of the UFC. It's the UFC on Fox 6 from the United Center, as Demetrious 'Mighty Mouse' Johnson puts his flyweight title on the line for the first time against John 'The Magician' Dodson. Should be a great card!
As the United Center plays host to the UFC on Fox, the event will be a crossroads, as the MMA promotion bids adieu to an Octagon veteran in Quinton Rampage Jackson, but introduces the flyweight division to the national spotlight. In the main event, Demetrious ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson defends his flyweight title for the first time against John ‘The Magician’ Dodson.
For Jackson, a former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, he takes on Brazilian Glover Teixeira in what he is citing as his final appearance in the UFC. In a final marquee matchup of the televised event, Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone takes on Anthony ‘Showtime’ Pettis, in a fight that has been in the works for some time. Pettis has now recovered from shoulder surgery and is ready to finally give the Cowboy what he’s been waiting for.
But tonight’s main card belongs to the flyweight division, as a new era looks to begin in the UFC.
Will Jackson end his UFC career on a winning note? Can Dodson defeat Johson and become the new UFC Flyweight Champions? Can the Cowboy get the win?
Tune into theScore Live Blog to find out!
Any predictions for tonight's fights? Johnson or Dodson? Rampage or Teixeira? Pettis or Cerrone? Koch or Lamas?
Rampage Jackson makes his Octagon return after nearly a year off. He'll have his hands full with Teixeira though, whose got some crazy power. The Brazilian is undefeated in his UFC career, recording two wins from two fights - One win via submission over Kyle Kingsbury at UFC 146 and a doctor stoppage win over Fabio Maldonado at UFC 153.
Mike Goldberg and Joe Rogan currently doing they're pre-event analysis. Some hate him, but I like Joe Rogan. The man knows his stuff.
This Erick Koch/Ricardo Lamas fight will begin shortly. Both fighters want the win to continue climbing the Featherweight ladder. Koch is also a teammate of Anthony Pettis, who is also on tonight's card.
Who ya got? Koch or Lamas?
@pete: I like your koch and cowboy choices. But I think Teixeira will get the better of Rampage and Johnson will get the win and keep his belt against Dodson.
Tale of the Tape: Lamas is 6 years older than Koch. But Koch has the height and reach advantage. Bruce Buffer on the mic. Both fighters in the ring. 3 rounds in the Featherweight Division.
Big John McCarthy the referee! Away we go!
4:37 Round 1: Lamas throws a head kick, Koch shrugs it off. They're still standing and trading as the first minute of the round comes to an end.
3:35 Round 1: Koch throws a right-left combo and then a leg kick. Lamas then goes for the takedown and has Koch up against the cage. Koch doing well to stifle the attack, but Lamas has a leg and drags him down, but Koch is up again. Nice takedown defence there.
2: 25 Round 1: Amazing balance by Koch. Lamas still pushing for the takedown as he's got Koch against the cage. They're grappling and the fans are getting restless. Lamas throwing knees to the body. Koch still fighting and holding Lamas off, as he goes for the takedown. Minute and a half left in Round one.
1: 10 Round One: They're now standing and exchanging punches. Koch has stuffed all five takedown attempts from Lamas in the opening round. Good combination from Lamas gives him the clinch on Koch. He's got Koch up against the cage again, as he finally gets Koch down with ten seconds left in round one.
First five minutes over. Action packed. Koch doing well to avoid the takedowns from Lamas. Lamas pressing the action.
Round Two begins! Koch vs Lamas
4:40 Round Two: Koch has landed 21 strikes so far in this fight, while Lamas has landed 15. Koch takes Lamas and holds him up against the fence as we pass the one minute mark in the second round.
3:45 Round Two: Lamas slips and Koch tries to capitalize by applying a headlock, but Koch ends up on his back. Lamas tries to drop down bombs from the top, as Lamas is stacking up and finding big shots on the face of Koch. Koch is trouble here! Lamas has got him here, dropping huge elbows.
AND THAT'S IT! IT'S OVER! Lamas just dropping huge elbows, opens up Koch and McCarthy steps in to end the fight! What a finish! Outstanding ground and pound from Lamas, as he finishes the fight in a major way. Koch was a bloddy mess after that. Lamas now moves to 4-0 in the Featherweight Division. Official decision coming up shortly.
@CLemon: My thoughts exactly! Brutal ground and pound! Lamas slips, but Koch ends up getting the worst of it! Punishing elbows!
OFFICIAL DECISION: Ricardo Lamas with the stoppage victory at 2:32 of the second round. Lamas the hometown boy, as he dedicates the victory to his grandmother and grandfather. Rogan going over the replay with Lamas in the Octagon. Vicious punches and elbows from Lamas on the big screen. What a finish! Koch left bloody as he was opened up significantly.
Up next: Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone vs Anthony 'Showtime' Pettis. In the preview video, Cerrone says he has been waiting to fight Pettis three times now. Says Pettis is scared of him. Pettis didn't take too kindly to that.
Predicitions? Will it be Showtime? Or will the Cowboy ride off with the victory?
@ksummz: Thanks for pointing that out! Not sure where I got Domenic from lol
Tale of the Tape: Pettis vs Cerrone: Cerrone with the height and reach advantage. Pettis younger than Cerrone. Pettis the former WEC Light Heavyweight Champion.
Round one: Pettis vs Cerrone - Here we go!
4:45 Round One: Pettis lands a solid right on the chin of Cerrone straight away. Cowboy 6-1 in the UFC. Cerrone with a solid knee on Pettis, but they're still standing and banging as we pass the one minute mark in round one.
3:30 Round One: Pettis throws a right side kick, but does nothing to Cerrone. Pettis standing in the southpaw stance. Pettis throws a body kick that hurt Cerrone.
AND THAT'S IT, IT'S OVER! Pettis closes the deal with devastating body kicks! Shin right to the ribs - the Bas Rutten special - Liver Kick! He hit the Cowboy with those on more than one occasion and Cerrone was visibly shaken up from them. Pettis saw the opening and continued to work away at Cerrone's right side. Devastating and dominating from Pettis, who becomes the first fighter to KO Cerrone in the Cowboy's 25 fight MMA career.
Official decision coming up...
@ChriSinLA: Brutal kicks. You could tell Cerrone felt out of sorts when Pettis switched to the southpaw stance. He couldn't defend those kicks and Pettis took advantage of that. Well done from Showtime. Didn't think the fight would end that quick.