UFC on Fox 6 is set for Jan. 26, and will feature a flyweight title fight between Demetrious Johnson and John Dodson.
Though the night's main event promises to deliver, perhaps the most anticipated bout of the evening comes in the form of a lightweight scrap between two former WEC title players, namely Donald Cerrone and Anthony Pettis.
Both Cerrone and Pettis have made waves in the UFC since making the jump to Zuffa's primary promotion, and their impending bout is one that will have nostalgic MMA fans salivating. Each fighter is highly regarded for their respective skill levels, but it's the flare they fight with that has earned each man his fan favorite label.
Cerrone's trainer and cornerman Greg Jackson expects the match to be a good one, something he recently expressed to Sherdog:
I don’t think it’s going to be a typical fight anywhere just because both of these guys are so talented. It’s going to be one of those fights where you have to fight for small things and try to get the advantage where you can. It’s a real war. I’m really looking forward to the fight. Pettis is amazing. He comes from a great camp, and I think it’s going to be a hell of a fight.
Jackson went on to comment on Cerrone's preparedness for Pettis's unorthodox techniques, like the "Showtime Kick," noting that "Cowboy" will "be ready for that."
And he'll have to be, if he hopes to slow the dynamic Pettis who seems no farther than two wins from a shot at Ben Henderson's lightweight crown. Indeed, a victory for "Showtime" at UFC on Fox 6 might just ensure a redo of the WEC's last ever fight.
Cerrone himself isn't too far removed from the lightweight title either. He's 6-1 since hooking up with the UFC, and is coming off a spectacular knockout of Melvin Guillard.
Between title implications riding on both sides, the immense talent shared by Cerrone and Pettis and the strong likelihood that it will be an action-packed affair, Greg Jackson seems to be very much on the mark in his assessment of the contest.
"It's going to be one hell of a fight."