Predictions You Can Take to the Bank for UFC on Fox 6
The UFC returns to the Windy City this weekend boasting a title fight and several bouts with future championship implications.
Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson takes the main event slot and will meet Ultimate Fighter 14 winner John Dodson for the title. They are arguably the two quickest men in MMA.
Also on the card are Quinton Jackson, Glover Teixeira, Donald Cerrone, Anthony Pettis and other top fighters in MMA today.
Here are predictions you can take to the bank for UFC on Fox this weekend.
Guida Uses Signature Wildman Style to Outlast Hioki
Clay Guida is set to make his featherweight debut in his home state when he meets Japanese star Hatsu Hioki. In looking at the matchup, it looks like Guida has the stylistic advantage.
Hioki struggled in his loss against Ricardo Lamas, who arguably has inferior wrestling to Guida. Add to the fact that Guida is a cardio freak and sets a crazy pace in his fight, and he may finish Hioki before the judges have a chance to make a decision.
Wiman Hands Grant First Lightweight Loss
Matt Wiman may be the most underrated lightweight in the world, but he gets a great opportunity to gain some respect when he meets TJ Grant.
His armbar win against Paul Sass was a big eye opener for many. His wrestling and striking combine to make him a very dangerous adversary.
Grant has looked great at lightweight, but I think Wiman will make the most of this opportunity and work him to an exhausting decision win.
Lamas Uses Wrestling to Beat Koch, Makes Case for Title Shot
Speaking of underrated fighters, Ricardo Lamas is another name that should be brought up more often when talking about top featherweights. He has quietly become a force at featherweight, with wins over Hatsu Hioki, Cub Swanson and Matt Grice.
Erik Koch is a very talented fighter, but he will have a hard time handling Lamas' wrestling. Expect to see Lamas use his ground-and-pound attack to win a decision.
Cerrone Beats Pettis in Fight of the Night Performance
A lot of people are picking Anthony Pettis to beat fellow WEC alum Donald Cerrone on the main card Saturday night, but I think Cerrone is the better fighter right now.
Not only has "Cowboy" been more active since entering the UFC, but he likely has the better striking. Striking is Pettis' forte, and if he is at a disadvantage, I don't see any way he wins this fight.
This could be a Fight of the Night winner as well. I have a feeling this is going to be a crowd-pleasing brawl that will amp the fans up for the main and co-main features.
Teixeira Hands 'Rampage' Loss on His Way out of UFC
Quinton Jackson is on his way out of the UFC and Glover Teixiera will look to end it on a negative note.
Jackson has not looked like legendary ass-kicker he did when he fought in Pride and in his early UFC days. Teixiera has looked amazing in both fights, dismantling both Kyle Kingsbury and Fabio Maldonado.
Jackson has a very sturdy chin, so I don't believe Teixeira will knock him out. Expect a convincing decision win for the Brazilian.
Johnson and Dodson Put on Exhausting Pace, Champ Retains
The main event between Demetrious Johnson and John Dodson is going to pit the quickest fighters in the world against one another. That said, the two will set an exhausting pace.
The fight will be close, but I think Johnson's takedowns will eventually prevail over Dodson's striking. He will retain his belt in another Fight of the Night contender.