UFC on FOX 6: 5 Things to Watch for During Johnson vs Dodson Fight Card

Jeffrey McKinneyContributor IIIJanuary 26, 2013

UFC on FOX 6: 5 Things to Watch for During Johnson vs Dodson Fight Card

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    UFC on Fox 6 is live tonight from Chicago, Ill. 

    The stacked card is headlined by Demetrious Johnson defending his flyweight title for the first time against The Ultimate Fighter 14 winner John Dodson

    Also featured on the care is Quinton "Rampage" Jackson in his last UFC fight against rising star Glover Teixeira. 

    Lightweights Anthony Pettis and Donald Cerrone will also go at it in a match with strong title implications. 

    Here is what to watch for in tonight's fights. 

The Performance of Clay Guida

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    After four straight victories, Clay Guida found himself in lightweight title contention at UFC on FOX 1. 

    While Guida was looking to finally get into a title fight, current champ Benson Henderson had other plans, defeating Guida by unanimous decision. 

    Guida then lost to Grey Maynard in a subpar matchup at UFC on FX 4.

    Guida is now back, fighting in the featherweight division for the first time in his career. 

    Not only will Guida feel the pressure to perform well and make an impact in a new division, but he is also fighting in his own backyard for the first time in his UFC career. 

Ricardo Lamas vs. Erik Koch

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    Before the injury bug hit their fight twice, and Frankie Edgar moved down to featherweight, Erik Koch was set to face Jose Aldo. 

    But since the former No. 1 contender got pushed down, he will have to settle for Chicago's own Ricardo Lamas. 

    Like Koch, Lamas has only had 14 fights. Also like Koch, Lamas is knocking on title contention's door. 

    Lamas past two victories have been against Cub Swanson and Hatsu Hioki, perhaps two names who are bigger than anybody Koch has defeated. 

    The winner of this matchup could very well be next in line for a featherweight title shot. 

Pettis vs. Cerrone

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    Another matchup with big title implications is Donald Cerrone vs. Anthony Pettis. 

    Both Cerrone and Pettis are riding two-fight winning streaks and have only lost one fight since coming to the UFC. 

    Both men have also faced current lightweight champ Benson Henderson. 

    Pettis defeated Henderson back in 2010 to become the last WEC lightweight champion. 

    Cerrone, on the other hand, faced Henderson twice in WEC title fights but came up short both times. 

    Both men have been climbing to the top of the UFC's lightweight division and the winner could very well be next in line for a title shot. 

A Changing of the Guard at Light Heavyweight

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    This is the fight Rampage has been calling for since last year. 

    Now he gets it in a fight that may very well be his last inside the Octagon. 

    Jackson has had a storied MMA career and could go out on top. 

    But he faces a tough task in Glover Teixeira. 

    Although Teixeira is only a year younger than Jackson, he is in the prime of his career. 

    Jackson's better days, on the other hand,  seem to be far behind him. 

    But there is always that puncher's chance or a powerbomb slam waiting if you take Jackson for granted. 

    This could be Jackson's middle-finger moment to the UFC or Teixeira's greatest career accomplishment up to this point. 

The Flyweight Championship

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    Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson will defend his flyweight title for the first time again TUF 14 winner John Dodson. 

    Although fans dislike Dodson, he knows how to finish a fight, and that is something that Johnson has not done since 2010. 

    Dodson may have more power than Johnson, but he will have to have speed and utilize his wrestling in order to defeat Johnson. 

    Although some fans have not accepted the smaller weight classes yet, this bout could change all of that. 

    Expect some of the fastest-paced action, especially in the earlier rounds, that you have ever seen.