Like most UFC events, UFC on Fox 6 is filled with story lines and intriguing fighters. Many of the fighters in action are seeking redemption after losing their last bout in UFC competition.
The card should offer fans some exciting matches in the preliminaries and main event on Saturday. Coverage begins with a prelim match on Facebook at 4:35 p.m. ET. The action then moves over to FX for three hours of undercard bouts, culminating after that with action from the main card at 8 p.m. ET.
Obviously, the main event between Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson and John "The Magician" Dodson is set up as the featured attraction, and rightfully so.
Johnson is one of the five best fighters in the world, and Dodson is especially explosive. These flyweights could put the division firmly on the radar of MMA fans with a great showing.
Beyond this matchup, there are other fighters fans should be watching intently. Here is the breakdown of the entire event and five fighters to watch on Saturday night.
Preliminary Card (on Facebook):
Welterweights - Simeon Thoresen (17-3-1) vs. David Mitchell (11-2)
Preliminary Card (on FX):
Lightweights - TJ Grant (19-5) vs. Matt Wiman (15-6)
Lightweights - Clay Guida (29-13) vs. Hatsu Hioki (26-5-2)
Welterweights - Mike Stumpf (11-3) vs. Pascal Krauss (10-1)
Light Heavyweights - Ryan Bader (14-3) vs. Vladimir Matyushenko (26-6)
Heavyweights - Mike Russow (15-2) vs. Shawn Jordan (13-4)
Welterweights - Rafael Natal (14-4-1) vs. Sean Spencer (9-1)
Main Card (on Fox)
UFC Flyweight Championship - (c) Demetrious Johnson (16-2-1) vs. John Dodson (14-5)
Light Heavyweights - Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (32-10) vs. Glover Teixeira (19-2)
Lightweights - Anthony Pettis (15-2) vs. Donald Cerrone (19-4)
Featherweights - Erik Koch (13-1) vs. Ricardo Lamas (12-2)
Five Fighters To Watch
Quinton "Rampage" Jackson
Rampage is on his way out of the UFC (ESPN), and though his name doesn't carry the same weight it once did, he's still an MMA legend.
Seeing a fighter of such fame compete for the last time in the UFC is cause to tune in. The fact that he'll be colliding against such a well-respected and rising star like Teixeira only adds to the appeal.
Rampage fans may be a little disappointed with the results to this one. Teixeira could make it interesting by trading with him, but he could win much easier by taking the fight to the mat.
That is where his clear advantage lies, and he'd be smart to exploit this weakness in his legendary opponent's game.
Guida is trying to break a two-fight losing streak, but both of the recent defeats are respectable. He lost decisions to Gray Maynard and lightweight champion Benson Henderson.
The Carpenter is always compelling to watch because he's so tough, and he fights with great energy. When he's careful and focused, he has great submissions defense and grappling, but he has fallen victim to the occasional choke (submission) in his career.
No matter the outcome of his clasht with Hioki, you can bet the fight will be fought at a fast pace.
The Brazilian is very talented and flamboyant, but the latter trait came back to bite him in his last bout. After dominating and taunting Andrew Craig through most of their bout on UFC on Fuel TV in July 2012, he was caught with a vicious head kick that ended his night.
The match was an example of the best of times and the worst of times for Natal.
Can he rebound from the humbling defeat?
I've been eagerly awaiting the return of Showtime from a Staph infection (Sherdog). He's back and he has a very tough opponent in front of him in Donald Cerrone.
Pettis is one of the most exciting fighters in the sport, but he'll need to be careful against Cerrone. The latter looked strong in defeating Melvin Guillard at UFC 150 in August 2012.
Pettis is known for his unpredictable style attacks, but with Cerrone's power and chin, this one could provide a spectacular finish.
Koch described himself as "Anthony Pettis—just a little whiter" in an interview with Fight Magazine.
Judging by his explosiveness, kickboxing skill and grappling ability, I concur with the comparison. He is one of the exciting young featherweights in the UFC that could give Jose Aldo a stiff test.
Before he can move on to that, he must handle the talented Ricardo Lamas. This is easily one of the best fights on the card.