Tonight marks the second year that the UFC will be on Fox. The first year had mixed results. The second Fox show averaged 4.7 million viewers, the third 2.4 million, the fourth 2.4 million and the fifth 4.4 million.
The sixth installment takes place tonight at the United Center in Chicago. Like UFC on Fox 5, we have a title fight in the main event, as Demetrious Johnson defends the flyweight title against John Dodson. In the co-feature, we have what could be the final UFC fight for Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, as he faces off with Glover Teixeira.
There are a lot of great fights and story lines coming into the first Fox show of 2013. Let's take a look and see why you can't miss the show tonight.
It seems like this story has been overshadowing the title fight in the main event.
Quinton "Rampage" Jackson is a former UFC light-heavyweight champion and has been featured in several main events for the promotion. The last event Jackson headlined was UFC 135 when he was unable to wrest the light-heavyweight title from Jon Jones.
Jackson then faced Ryan Bader at UFC 144 last February and lost by unanimous decision. The former champion then started talking about leaving the UFC after his fight tonight with Glover Teixeira. You can tell how badly Jackson wants out by his behavior at his pre-fight press conference on Thursday. Rather than being fully engaged, he was playing a Sony Playstation PS 3.
"Rampage" has a very loyal fanbase and the fans will be tuning in tonight to see a possible historic moment in the sport.
With the Rampage Jackson saga, it would be understandable if you forgot a title fight was taking place. UFC on Fox 5 had a title fight when Benson Henderson retained the lightweight title by defeating Nate Diaz.
This fight was announced before that fight took place, but you can see the direction the UFC is starting to take with the Fox shows. That model is to build a following by staging a title fight in a weight class that has fighters who are unfamiliar to most fans.
Demetrious Johnson defeated Joseph Benavidez at UFC 152 to win the first flyweight championship. At that fight, a lot of fans in Toronto were booing because of a lack of a finish.
John Dodson, Johnson's opponent, won The Ultimate Fighter Season 14 at bantamweight and immediately went down to flyweight after winning the season. Dodson is 2-0 at flyweight, having recently defeated Jussier da Silva in October at UFC on Fox 5.
Dodson and Johnson are quite arguably two of the fastest guys in the UFC, so you better not get up to do anything or you might miss something. It is a title fight and that sells itself.
Who doesn't like a title fight?
When it was first brought into the UFC from the WEC, the featherweight division was very thin. Fast forward two years, and the division is becoming one of the deepest in the UFC.
UFC 156 will feature a title defense by featherweight champion Jose Aldo against former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar.
Kicking off the main card tonight will be a fight that should determine the No. 1 contender as Erik Koch faces Ricardo Lamas.
Koch was supposed to face Aldo on two occasions in 2012, but had to bow out of each fight due to injury.
Lamas defeated former No. 1 contender Hatsu Hioki in June at UFC on Fox 4. When Edgar dropped down to featherweight, Lamas was supposed to be the opponent in Edgar's featherweight debut. Koch then got hurt and the UFC offered the Aldo fight to Lamas. Then a few hours later, the UFC notified Lamas that Edgar was going to fight Aldo instead.
A win for either Koch or Lamas should put them in line to face the winner of UFC 156.
The lightweight division in the UFC is the deepest in UFC. You can make a case for any of the division's top-10 fighters as a world champion. The scene in the division should be a little more clear as champion Benson Henderson defends his title against Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez at UFC on Fox 7 in April.
A No. 1 contender can emerge tonight as former WEC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis faces off with Donald Cerrone in the second fight of the main card.
Cerrone and Pettis have been going at each other back and forth in the last six months. "Cowboy" defeated Melvin Guillard at UFC 150 in August and immediately called out Pettis.
The former champion had been recovering from shoulder surgery after his win over Joe Lauzon at UFC 144 last February.
The trash talk between the two has made this a can't-miss fight. Factor in a shot at the title, and things get even a little more interesting.
If you are a fight fan, you will pay to watch every fight card. For the casual fan who is getting introduced to the sport, this is what you need to see to learn what the UFC is all about.
UFC on Fox 6 has a great undercard on FX starting at 5 p.m. Eastern time featuring Ryan Bader against Vladimir Martyshenko and Clay Guida facing off with Hatsu Hioki.
With the main card on Fox starting at 8 p.m. Eastern time, you have two potential No. 1 contender fights, the possible last UFC fight for Rampage Jackson and a title fight.
That definitely gets the juices flowing. You want to know the best thing about it? It's free.