UFC on Fox 8 went down Saturday night from Key Arena in the jewel of the beautiful Pacific Northwest, Seattle, Wash.
At the top of the card, flyweight dazzler Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson defends his flyweight title—in his home state, and just days after his wife gave birth to their first child—against the dangerous, if relatively unheralded, John Moraga.
The main card also featured a possible No. 1 contender match in the welterweight division between five-tool phenom Rory MacDonald and heavy-hitting veteran Jake Ellenberger.
Here's a look back at all four fights on the nationally broadcast portion of the card. They are ranked in order of quality and overall excitingness. It's a very scientific process.
Result: Rory MacDonald def. Jake Ellenberger by unanimous decision
Rory MacDonald is a bit of a robot in there, and that doesn't change just because he's fighting someone who riled him up on Twitter.
MacDonald used mainly a reach-advantaged jab to fend off the takedowns and power counterstriking of Ellenberger. Ellenberger was unable to get inside, and that was your fight.
On the Fuel TV post-fight show, MacDonald admitted the fight became a "stalemate." Impressive win for MacDonald, sure. Exciting? Interesting? Nah.
Division: Women's bantamweight
Result: Liz Carmouche def. Jessica Andrade by TKO, 3:57, Rd. 2
Andrade punctuated the first round with a big slam that might have stolen the edge in that stanza. But it was a moot point in the second round, when the powerful Carmouche landed a takedown, locked on the mount and never looked back.
Three minutes of ground-and-pound later, the ref stopped the contest.
Result: Demetrious Johnson def. John Moraga by Submission (armbar), 3:43 of Rd. 5
Credit to "Mighty Mouse" for never taking his foot off the gas.
The champ initiated a ground war (as evidenced by his 11 takedowns) and kept control throughout, neutralizing the punching power of Moraga, who nevertheless stayed game regardless of circumstance. With just over one minute remaining, Johnson was finally too much and found an armbar to secure the tap.
Don't look now, but Johnson might be the most underrated champion in the Zuffa-era UFC.
Result: Robbie Lawler def. Bobby Voelker by KO (head kick), 0:24 of Rd. 2
Surprise! Yeah, this was a no-brainer selection for the top spot. Lawler looked as good as he ever has, and moved to 2-0 in his current UFC run by outclassing and then head-kicking Bobby Voelker back to the prelims.
It was a smart and impressive fight for Lawler. The real interest will come, though (at least for me), when he faces a contender in the UFC's 170-pound division.