Final Odds and Predictions for the UFC on FOX 6 Fight Card
UFC on Fox 6 is just moments away, with the main event beginning at 8 p.m. ET Saturday, and it will be live from the United Center in Chicago, Ill.
Also featured on the card is former light heavyweight champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson in his final UFC fight against tough striker Glover Teixeira.
In a battle of two of the UFC's top lightweights, Anthony Pettis will take on Donald Cerrone. The winner of this bout could be next in line for a title shot.
Opening the night's main card will be former No. 1 featherweight contender Erik Koch taking on Chicago's own Ricardo Lamas.
Also featured on the card is Chicago fighter Mike Russow, Illinois native Clay Guida and former top light heavyweight prospect Ryan Bader.
The night should leave us with many exciting moments.
Here are the final predictions and odds for Saturday night's fights.
Fight odds taken from Bookmaker.eu.
Erik Koch (-205) vs. Ricardo Lamas (+165)
In the night's opening bout, title contender Erik Koch will meet another up and comer Ricardo Lamas.
Koch was next up in line for Jose Aldo, but injuries to both men and Frankie Edgar dropping to the featherweight division pushed Koch out of the way.
Now Koch has to stay alive in the division until he can get to a title shot again.
Standing in his way though is Chicago's own Ricardo Lamas.
Lamas has made a name for himself in his recent fights, defeating Cub Swanson and Hatsu Haoki.
Lamas would love to add another big name to his resume by defeating Koch.
Koch is coming off of a long lay off. His last fight was over a year ago in September 2011.
Despite this though, I believe Koch is just as hungry as he was before he got hurt, and will be able to ruin the hometown comeback for Lamas.
Anthony Pettis (-145) vs. Donald Cerrone (+115)
Exciting lightweights Donald Cerrone and Anthony Pettis meet in a bout where the winner could be the next No. 1 contender.
Pettis and Cerrone are similar fighters in the sense that they are both good strikers, both have good submissions, and both are known to finish fights.
Both men also have history with current champion Benson Henderson.
It is hard to go against either fighter, especially considering that neither man has ever lost by KO.
This match really could go down as a coin toss, and the only thing I would really bet on is this being a close, exciting fight that goes to the judges.
I believe Pettis will have the slight edge over Cerrone and will win by split decision.
Quinton "Rampage" Jackson (+275) vs. Glover Teixeira (-345)
I would be the first person to tell you that I feel somewhat sad to see Quinton Jackson leave the UFC.
Not because I believe he deserves to stay.
In fact, if he's going to be over critical, complain, and make excuses, then I would rather see him leave the organization.
But Jackson is one of the reason's why I first started watching MMA.
Going to a bar with a friend back in 2009, it was the same night as UFC 96.
I had been introduced to MMA thanks to being a big WWE fan growing up and seeing Ken Shamrock made me have some interest in MMA.
But it was that night that I really became a fan of the sport. Between Matt Hamill's viscous headkick knockout of Mark Munoz and Shane Carwin also getting a KO that night, it was Jackson's entrance, look, and trash talk with Rashad Evans that got me interested in the sport.
Flash forward four years, and Jackson has become a shell of what he used to be.
He still has the mouth and look, but inside the Octagon, he just is not the same fighter.
All this is to say while I would love to see him go out on top, honestly he may just not deserve it.
And getting his wish to finally fight a dangerous striker in Glover Teixeira may not be what the doctor ordered. Jackson could go down, and go down hard.
Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson (-240) vs. John Dodson (+190)
In the night's main event, UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson will defend his title against TUF 14 winner John Dodson.
The key factors in this fight could be Johnson's speed vs. Dodson's power.
Dodson has been a great finisher for years. But the champ has never been stopped in his career.
Both fighters are good wrestlers, which may be the deciding fighter in this fight.
I could honestly see this fight going either way.
But if I had to give the edge to anyone it would be Johnson.
Although Dodson has looked good thus far, he has not faced anybody as quick as Johnson. I believe Johnson's relentless speed and wrestling will be enough to keep Dodson at bay.