UFC on Fox 6 Results: Questions Answered and Lessons Learned
UFC on Fox 6 has ended. Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson has defended his title against John Dodson, and Glover Teixeira defeated Quinton "Rampage" Jackson.
The event was one of the more "loaded" cards in recent memory, featuring named fighters and contenders alike. The card also taught the MMA world important lessons and answered lingering questions that fans and pundits had.
What was answered, and what was learned?
Read and find out!
Simeon Thoresen Wasn't the Next Big Thing
Simeon Thoresen was the hot prospect out of Norway. He's not so hot anymore.
He entered the UFC at 16-2-1, but his performance in the organization didn't reflect his record. Thoresen went 1-2 in the UFC, with the most recent loss being to David Mitchell at UFC on Fox 6.
Thoresen just wasn't ready for the higher level of competition. He'd benefit from being let go from the organization, so he can continue to develop on the regional circuit.
Technical Difficulties Happen
Thoresen vs. Mitchell was cut off with about 30 seconds left in the fight. The Facebook stream went from the fight to UFC broadcaster Jon Anik standing next to UFC bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz. They stood there in complete silence, unaware that the mistake had happened.
It was a funny site to see. The culprit was likely a delay in Thoresen vs. Mitchell fight caused by the doctor having to examine Thoresen's eye. This caused the broadcast to extend to 5 p.m.—the start time for the FX portion of the prelims.
That's probably why the fight was cut off so abruptly. The UFC should take precautions in the future, booking enough time for such delays.
Furthermore, dozens of people tweeted about how they lost the broadcast when it went past its allotted time slot. Instead of seeing the conclusion of the Demetrious Johnson-John Dodson fight, they saw either a rerun of The Big Bang Theory or local news.
Mike Russow Is Not a Great or Even Good Heavyweight
Heavyweight is arguably the UFC's most talent-strapped weight class, especially when you consider that fighters like Mike Russow are considered among the better competitors.
At UFC on Fox 6, MMA fans were shown why this was wrong. After an initial flurry, Russow petered out and was ultimately finished by his opponent, the unknown, unheralded Shawn Jordan, in the second round via TKO.
Russow can't beat the top guys, or even the above-average guys, his win over Todd Duffee notwithstanding.
Ryan Bader Is "Back," Vladimir Matyushenko Needs to Retire
It's hard to imagine now, but Ryan Bader was once thought about in the same way as Jon Jones. They were both young, hungry, "future-of-the-division prospects." Of course, their careers went in different paths.
Jones became the champ; Bader didn't. Most recently, Bader was knocked out by Lyoto Machida at UFC on Fox 4.
However, things were different for Bader at UFC on Fox 6. He destroyed Vladimir Matyushenko in under a minute, asserting that he is "back," and he's still a fighter to be reckoned with.
The loss was devastating for Matyushenko. He's 42 now and is 2-3 in his last five. Retirement would suit him.
Judging Needs an Overhaul
Clay Guida won a decision over Hatsu Hioki, despite Hioki being the more active fighter—he threatened Guida far more than Guida threatened him. In fact, most of Guida's "offense" was taking Hioki down and struggling to pass his guard.
Despite this, Guida was awarded a split-decision victory.
Judges need to have a greater knowledge of the sport, or the criteria on which a fight is judged need to be changed. Results like this can't keep happening.
Ricardo Lamas Needs to Be Taken Seriously
Ricardo Lamas ran through Erik Koch and bloodied his face up worse than we've seen a fighter bloodied up in a while.
Lamas is now on a four-fight winning streak. A No. 1 contender fight or some other prestigious honor should therefore be in Lamas' future.
Anthony Pettis Is a Top Lightweight
Anthony Pettis vs. Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone was, in the minds of many, destined to be the fight of the night. It featured two aggressive, skilled, kickboxers in a must-win fight. It was going to be a match to remember.
Instead, it turned out to be a spectacularly one-sided beatdown.
The fight lasted only two minutes, 35 seconds. Pettis landed a devastating liver kick that sent Cerrone to the canvas, practically paralyzed. Some follow-up strikes sealed the deal, and Pettis demonstrated his status as a top lightweight.
Glover Teixeira Isn't the Man to Beat Jon Jones
Glover Teixeira defeated Quinton "Rampage" Jackson via unanimous decision. The Brazilian landed some great strikes and combos against his opponent, but his performance was far from brilliant—or at least not brilliant enough to defeat UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones.
Teixeira's striking defense was lacking, his footwork was basically non-existent (he stood right in front of Rampage for most of the fight), his takedowns weren't anything special and his striking wasn't terribly diverse.
Yes, he was good enough to beat Rampage, but if Teixeira is to beat Jones, he'll need to be nothing short of exceptional in every aspect of the fight game—something he wasn't in any area at UFC on Fox 6.
Flyweights Can Be Exciting, Demetrious Johnson Is a True Champ
Pessimistic fans and pundits were dreading the main event between flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson and challenger John Dodson.
Their reasoning was that flyweights were boring and incapable of putting on a fight that actually got finished.
While the latter part of this statement proved true (the fight ended in a decision), the former part was false. The fight was thrilling. Dodson made use of his powerful hands in the first half of the fight, nearly knocking out the champ. However, Johnson came back and brutalized the challenger, winning the fight on all three score cards.
The fight proved that flyweights are capable of putting on a great fight. It also proved that Johnson is also a true champion who can overcome the various pitfalls that may happen in the Octagon.