‘Mighty Mouse’ defends flyweight strap at UFC on Fox 6

Published on Sunday, 1/27/13, at 6:40 p.m. Eastern.

By Brian Edwards

Demetrious ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson defended his flyweight championship for the first time by capturing a unanimous-decision victory over John Dodson in the main event at Saturday’s UFC on Fox 6 card at the United Center in Chicago. Johnson hooked up his betting supporters as a minus-220 favorite.

The three judges had it 49-46 and 48-47 twice in favor of Johnson. BE Sports scored it 48-47 for the 125-pound champion in the Fight of the Night.

In the co-main event, Glover Teixeira won a unanimous decision over Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson in a light heavyweight showdown. The judges had it 30-27 twice and 29-28 for the Brazilian, who improved to 3-0 in the Octagon and bolstered his case for a title shot in the not-too-distant future.

BE Sports scored it 29-28 for Teixeira.

Rampage got exactly what he wanted from Teixeira, who wasn’t afraid to stand and bang with Jackson in the center of the Octagon. Teixeira did mix in a few takedowns but for the most part, this was a stand-up battle and Teixeira won most of the exchanges.

Teixeira had Jackson hurt in the first round and it appeared that he might get an early finish. However, Jackson was able to weather the storm and then rallied in the second round and landed a slew of big punches.

But Jackson was clearly gassed in the final stanza and Teixeira took advantage, landing a plethora of stiff jabs and taking Jackson down when he felt like it. Teixeira won as a minus-325 ‘chalk.’

Anthony ‘Showtime’ Pettis almost certainly earned a title shot in the lightweight loop by making quick work of Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone with a KO finish at the 2:35 mark of the first round. Pettis was wining the early exchanges and floored Cerrone with a body kick and then finished him with a follow-up punch.

The current 155-pound kingpin, Benson ‘Smooth’ Henderson, is already scheduled to fight Gilbert Melendez, but Pettis will get the winner unless he wants to take another fight in the meantime.

Pettis won as a short favorite in the minus-130-range. He has won three straight fights since losing to Clay Guida in his UFC debut. Pettis also earned KO of the Night.

Ryan ‘Darth’ Bader recorded the quickest submission victory in the history of the UFC’s light heavyweight division when he choked out Vladimir ‘The Janitor’ Matyushenko just 50 seconds into the bout. Bader floored Matyushenko with a left hook and then showed his improved ground game by executing the guillotine choke .

Afterwards, Bader respectfully requested a shot at Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua for his next fight. Bader won as an enormous minus-500 ‘chalk’ and earned a bonus for Submission of the Night honors.

Clay Guida won his featherweight debut as a favorite in the minus-230 range, beating Hatsu Hioki by split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28).

Shawn Jordan, the former LSU Tiger, had the best comeback win of the night. Chicago native Mike Russow dominated the opening stanza, opening multiple cuts on Jordan’s face with strikes galore. However, Russow’s cardio began giving him trouble early in Round 2 and Jordan took advantage.

Jordan began winning the stand-up exchanges and eventually took Russow to the ground and finished him in ground-and-pound fashion. Jordan won as a plus-125 underdog and bettors taking ‘under’ 2.5 rounds were winners.

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