UFC on Versus 6 Results: Questions Answered and Lessons Learned
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UFC on Versus 6 is over and done with; the event now belongs to history. Dominick Cruz was simply too much for Demetrious Johnson, and Stefan Struve proved to be a true mixed martial artist over kickboxer Pat Barry.
Aside from the main and co-main events, there were other fights and happenings throughout the event that answered questions and taught valuable lessons.
What were these fights and happenings? Read on and find out!
Mike Easton Could Be a Force at Bantamweight
Mike Easton dominated his overmatched (yet appropriately named for MMA) opponent Bryan Bloodworth.
Easton used a varied striking attack to chase Bloodworth across the cage and punished the North Carolina native's leg with kicks. Eventually, it was a barrage of knees and punches that put Bloodworth away.
If Easton keeps up, he may well become a force at bantamweight with his powerful striking.
Poor Officiating May Be Genetic...
Mario Yamasaki has taken some heat for bad decisions in the past.
His brother, Fernando Yamasaki, made his UFC debut at UFC on Versus 6 and immediately made his presence felt—in a bad way.
First, Yamasaki interpreted a grunt from Shane Roller as a tap-out to an arm bar applied by Canadian T.J. Grant. This was a cause of controversy as Roller insisted that he wasn't submitting and a grunt doesn't necessarily constitute a verbal submission.
If that wasn't bad enough, Yamasaki ended another fight prematurely. When Charlie Brenneman was floored by an Anthony Johnson head-kick, Yamasaki immediately put a stop to the fight despite the fact that Brenneman was totally alert while on the ground; he hadn't been knocked out!
In all seriousness, the two incidents show that refereeing still has a long way to go in mixed martial arts.
Paul Sass Has the Best BJJ of Any Brit in the UFC
Paul Sass' Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu skills made short work of Michael Johnson, who tapped out to a heel hook.
Sass is undefeated in his MMA career and is currently 2-0 in the UFC. Of his 12 fights, 11 have ended by submission with eight of those submissions being triangle chokes.
Sass' Jiu-Jitsu is the most polished of any British fighter currently on the UFC's roster, his quick submission victory over Johnson is proof.
Yves Edwards Isn't "Done"
The general consensus after Yves Edwards' last fight in which he was on the bad end of a devastating knockout was that he was too old to continue fighting and that he should retire from MMA before injuring himself permanently.
However, Edwards proved the critics wrong by dominating Rafaello Oliveira en route to a second round TKO victory.
Edwards may not be an Anderson Silva caliber fighter, but he's far from done in mixed martial arts.
Mac Danzig and Matt Wiman Have True Grit
Mac Danzig and Matt Wiman put on an amazing fight with a grueling pace. Both men fought till exhaustion and pushed through the devastating strikes of the other.
While the skill-level and determination of both men was already known, they proved themselves again and then some during the bloody, taxing 15 minutes that they shared with each other.
Brenneman Needs to Round out His Game/Johnson Is on the Right Track
If there was something (or some things) learned in the Charlie Brenneman-Anthony Johnson fight besides "size matters," it was that Brenneman needs to increase his abilities in other aspects of MMA and that Johnson has just done that.
Brenneman had nothing besides his wrestling. He was out of options once Johnson proved too strong to bring to the mat; he had not the striking to put "Rumble" away nor the submissions off his back to submit the bigger man. If he is to be a truly top-tier fighter, he needs to develop these skills.
Johnson on the other hand showed a marked improvement in his striking and he even landed an incredible head kick that (perhaps wrongly) ended the fight.
Pat Barry Is a Kickboxer
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While Pat Barry did well for himself in the striking against Stefan Struve (considering that he was a foot shorter and faced a tremendous reach disadvantage), he also demonstrated that his Achilles' heel—a lack of submission defense—is as prevalent as ever.
The instant the fight hit the ground Barry was in trouble and it didn't take long for Struve to lock up the fight winning triangle choke.
Dominick Cruz Can Do It All, Mighty Mouse Johnson Is a Cardio Machine
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Dominick Cruz proved in his victory over Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson that he can do it all. In his fight against Faber, Cruz avoided takedowns and stayed on the outside. In his fight against Johnson, he did the opposite, getting takedown after takedown, suplex after suplex, en route to a dominating unanimous decision victory.
Cruz is no one trick pony and he can change his style to match whatever his opponent brings, a very valuable skill.
Johnson, despite losing, still put on a great performance. His conditioning never faltered despite fighting at an unbelievable pace; he even was faster than Cruz who was thought to be the fastest man in the UFC! Even in the final round, Johnson looked like he did in the first conditioning-wise.
Still, his efforts weren't enough and Cruz was able to control him to earn a decision victory.