Check out UFC on Fox 6 pictures from the always-amazing Tracy Lee. She caught images of Demetrious Johnson outlasting John Dodson, Quinton Jackson's final UFC fight, and more from Saturday night's fights. To see more of Lee's work, follow her on Twitter.
- Maggie Hendricks | Cagewriter – Tue, Jan 29, 2013 10:11 AM EST
Ronda Rousey has finally met her match. Rousey, who has won every one of her fights with an armbar in the first round. And yet, when she meets up with an adorable four-year-old, what does Rousey do? She submits to an armbar!
Thanks, MMA Fighting.
- Maggie Hendricks | Cagewriter – Mon, Jan 28, 2013 12:24 PM EST
(Getty)With his performance against Donald Cerrone on Saturday night, Anthony Pettis made a believer out of many fight fans. One of those who now thinks Pettis belongs in the title shot conversation is UFC president Dana White.
Pettis =AMAZING!!!! Ok I'm sold
— Dana White (@danawhite) January 27, 2013
While the next bout for UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson is set with Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez in April, Pettis has set himself up as the obvious next man up.Read More »from What’s next for Anthony Pettis? Waiting patiently for the lightweight title shot
- Maggie Hendricks | Cagewriter – Mon, Jan 28, 2013 9:25 AM EST
No. 1 star — Anthony Pettis: Once upon a time, Pettis was the WEC champion and had a shot at the UFC lightweight title. But then Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard fought to a draw and required a rematch, and Pettis lost to Clay Guida. But with a nasty liver kick that took out Donald Cerrone, Pettis showed he was still worthy of that title shot.
No. 2 star — Ricardo Lamas: Speaking of title shots, Lamas made a convincing case on Saturday night for the featherweight belt. He used punishing ground and pound to make Erik Koch's face explode on the way to a TKO. Lamas has four wins in a row, and has earned the shot to be the next fighter with a shot at the featherweight belt after this weekend's fight between Edgar and champion Jose Aldo.
No. 3 star -— T.J. Grant: The lightweight division is stacked, but Grant's showing on Saturday night showed another fighter creeping into the top ranks. He elbowed his way to a win over Matt Wiman.Read More »from UFC on Fox 6′s Three Stars: Anthony Pettis, Ricardo Lamas and T.J. Grant
- Maggie Hendricks | Cagewriter – Sat, Jan 26, 2013 10:28 PM EST
CHICAGO -- The UFC's stop in the Windy City had two great knockouts, a champion holding onto his belt, and the last fight of a one-time champ.
Despite a strong start by John Dodson, Demetrious Johnson held onto his championship belt with a unanimous decision. The judges saw it 48-47, 49-46, 48-47 for Johnson.
Unsurprisingly, Johnson and Dodson fought a fast-paced first two rounds. Johnson tried to slow things down in the first round with a takedown. While he did get Dodson to to the ground, the challenger popped back to his feet quickly.
Dodson dropped Johnson twice in the second round, and shook off Johnson's take down attempts with a great sprawl. Johnson seemed to have a hard time even getting close to Dodson to land a punch.
A Johnson knee in the fourth round caused a small fight stoppage. Dodson's hand was on the ground as Johnson threw a knee to Dodson's head, which is an illegal strike. The bout was stopped as doctorsRead More »from UFC on Fox 6 results: Demetrious Johnson retains title, ‘Rampage’ loses in Octagon finale
- Maggie Hendricks | Cagewriter – Sat, Jan 26, 2013 8:00 PM EST
T.J. Grant used elbows early in the bout to batter Matt Wiman's face, and then used them to finish the fight. From the standing position, Grant threw elbow after elbow to send Wiman to the canvas. He finished with a punch or two in a knockout so vicious that it left blood droplets on the camera. The bout was stopped at 4:51 in the first round.
Clay Guida took the decision in front of a raucous home crowd, but it was hardly clear cut. Hioki had much better striking in the first round, though Guida pulled out a takedown late. In the second, Guida had a big slam and controlled him for the majority of the round. Hioki tried for submissions, but wasn't close to submitting Guida. The third round followed the same script.
One judge saw the fight 29-28 for Hioki, but the other two saw it for Guida, 30-27 and 29-28. Guida grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, and had a large backing at the United Center.Read More »from T.J. Grant and Ryan Bader shine at UFC on Fox 6: preliminary card results
CHICAGO -- Clay Guida won by a split decision over Hatsu Hioki at UFC on Fox 6, but that result was nowhere near as important as the facial hair Guida sported to the cage on Saturday night. He had a full beard at press events all week, but told Cagewriter to expect something special for fight night. Special doesn't even come close to describe this amazing sculpture of lip fur. That mustache has won bar fights, saved kittens from trees and loves a good whiskey. Ron Swanson is jealous of that mustache.
- Maggie Hendricks | Cagewriter – Fri, Jan 25, 2013 8:38 PM EST
CHICAGO -- The UFC on Fox 6 weigh-ins featured a large, raucous, possibly liquored up crowd of Chicago fight fans, plenty of cool socks, and every fighter making weight. The only fighter who came close to not making weight was Clay Guida. He walked to the scale wearing a custom shirt with the Chicago flag on it and a Chicago flag wristband. He jumped on the scale and was 147, too heavy for featherweight in his first fight at that weight class. He then took off his Chicago Bulls socks and jewelry, and made weight. The only other bit of drama was some jawing between Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Glover Teixiera.
Read on for a complete list of weights and more pictures from the weigh-in.Read More »from Cool socks, Chicago pride and Pop Rocks at the UFC on Fox 6 weigh-ins
- Maggie Hendricks | Cagewriter – Fri, Jan 25, 2013 12:38 PM EST
Check out Dana White's video blog, and ponder that he had to turn all of his waterfalls on so the pipes at his house wouldn't burst. Don't they insulate pipes in Las Vegas? Also, notice which fighter he doesn't say hello to before the UFC on Fox 6 press conference.
Enjoy, and don't forget to follow Cagewriter on Twitter for the latest from UFC on Fox 6. Today, it's Jon Jones' fan Q and A, and the weigh-ins.
Donald Cerrone, John Dodson and the other Jackson’s MMA fighters show family atmosphere makes better fightersBy Maggie Hendricks | Cagewriter – Thu, Jan 24, 2013 7:15 PM EST
Flying John Dodson (Getty)CHICAGO -- Donald Cerrone and John Dodson are at it again. After needling each other throughout the UFC on Fox 6 open workouts, the flyweight and the lightweight start teasing each other during Thursday's press conference. If you didn't see the smile in their eyes, you would think these two are opponents, not teammates.
But they are teammates, working together at Jackson's MMA in New Mexico as they prepared for their fights this weekend along with Shawn Jordan and Clay Guida. The camaraderie that has grown from their time in the gym showed as Cerrone and Dodson go back and forth.
"There's no tension or anything because we play around with John, and I will keep picking on him," Cerrone said.
"I already told you that. Me and Demetrious [Johnson, Dodson's opponent on Saturday] will beat your [expletive]," Dodson replies to Cerrone, before turning back to the gaggle of reporters. "With all of us playing around, it's just my family. It's my big brother trying to pick on me."
For Guida, that playfulness has turned into a second family he finds at the gym in Albuqurque, New Mexico.
"It's my family here, it's my family in Albuquerque, and it's a homecoming for Greg Jackson, too. He's from the west suburbs. To see Coach come back and get to work with his students, to see John Dodson be the main event in the flyweight title bout, that's just huge."
Jackson, the coach behind the fighters, still has most of his family in Chicago. He claims Chicago sports teams -- because his mother would never forgive him if he didn't -- and he likes bringing his fighters back here.Read More »from Donald Cerrone, John Dodson and the other Jackson’s MMA fighters show family atmosphere makes better fighters
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