“UFC on FOX: Johnson vs. Dodson” took place Saturday night inside United Center in Chicago, Illinois.
Demetrious Johnson broke in his flyweight belt by facing John Dodson in Saturday’s featured attraction. Former light heavyweight champ Quinton “Rampage” Jackson ended his UFC career against Glover Teixeira in the co-main event.
A lightweight thriller between Anthony Pettis and Donald Cerrone received third-to-top billing.
Here are the official results and play-by-play from tonight’s action:
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David Mitchell Defeated Simeon Thoresen via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
1stRound: Feeling out period between the two, which means not much action early. Mitchell lands a right hand. Thoresen counters with a right of his own. Thoresen lands a solid inside leg kicks. They’re swinging for the fences now. Mitchell winning the standup battle, caps it off with a big right uppercut. Mitchell, 10-9.
2ndRound: Mitchell on the attack immediately to start the second stanza. He wobbles Thoresen with a flurry and jumps on his back. Thoresen fights him back to his guard. Thoresen attempts a leg lock from off his back. He can’t secure it, but used the submission to reverse position. Mitchell tries a triangle and ends up on top after a scramble. Mitchell, 10-9.
3rdRound: Thoresen has a cut on his left eyelid and the doctor was close to stopping the fight during the break. They will keep close tabs on it. Thoresen connects on a right hand, but eats a left in return. Thoresen scores with a head kick. He follows up with a right punch. Uppercut by Mitchell. Thoresen trips him with another inside leg kick. He puts Mitchell on his back. Mitchell, 10-9, and likely swept the cards, 30-27.
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Rafael Natal Defeated Sean Spencer via Submission (Arm Triangle Choke) at 2:13 in the 3rdRound
1stRound: Spencer takes a poke to the eye and time is called. Game on. Spencer appears much more comfortable on his feet, Natal better find a way to get this to the ground. He briefly floored Natal with a right hand. Natal tags him with a spinning back first. He follows up with a right hand that drops Spencer. That may have won him the frame. Natal, 10-9.
2ndRound: Natal uses a side kick to set up a takedown. Spencer wall walks to his feet, but eats a knee to the midsection. Natal drags him back to the mat. Natal takes his back and is giving him the business. He slaps on a rear-naked choke, but Spencer is saved by the bell. Natal, 10-9.
3rdRound: Spencer is sloppy with his attack and gets taken down within seconds. Natal advances to side control. He’s in a mounted crucifix and is dropping short elbows. Natal attempts an Americana to no avail. No worries, he moves to an arm triangle choke. Spencer is forced to cry uncle.
Shawn Jordan Defeated Mike Russow via TKO (Punches) at 3:48 in the 2ndRound
1stRound: Russow immediately clinches him against the cage. He separates and clocks Jordan with a right hand. He’s laying the lumber, but can’t drop his opponent. They’re clinching against the fence again. Russow should let him go and tee-off again. Jordan is eating some more leather. Russow can land a right anytime he wants. Russow, 10-9.
2ndRound: Jordan comes out firing. He lands a right uppercut. Russow takes a poke to the eye and time is called. Game on. Russow appears a tad winded in the Windy City. Jordan smells blood and easily takes him down. He moves to full mount with over three minutes remaining. He takes Russow’s back. Russow wiggles loose. He knees Jordan in the dome. Jordan plants him on the canvas. Short elbows by Jordan. He takes his back and is bringing the pain. It’s a wrap.
Ryan Bader Defeated Vladimir Matyushenko via Submission (Guillotine Choke) at :50 in the 1stRound
1stRound: Bader floors him with a left hook and pounces. He slaps on an arm-in guillotine choke. Matyushenko is forced to tap. Is that the end of “The Janitor”?
Pascal Krauss Defeated Mike Stumpf via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
1stRound: They’re standing toe-to-toe early. Stumpf scores a takedown, but Krauss avoids any damage and gets to his feet. Superman punch by Kruass. He’s really finding a rhythm on his feet. Krauss dropped him momentarily with a right hand. Krauss attempts a standing guillotine choke just before the horn blares. Krauss, 10-9.
2ndRound: Stumpf is eating countless unanswered shots. He needs to find a way to get this to the ground. Krauss is really going to town on Stumpf’s legs with kicks. Stumpf drags him to the mat. Krauss gets to his feet, but eats a knee to the grill for his troubles. Krauss doing work in the clinch. He’s nailing Stumpf in the face with knees. Krauss, 10-9.
3rdRound: Uppercut by Krauss. And another. Stumpf might want to try blocking punches without using his face. Krauss secures a takedown and will ride it out to the bell. Krauss, 10-9, and probably ran the table, 30-27
Clay Guida Defeated Hatsu Hioki via Split Decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)
1stRound: Hioki is winning the standup battle thus far. Halfway through the round and Guida finally goes for his first takedown attempt. “The Carpenter” was unsuccessful. A lot of movement by Guida, but not much action. Guida finally plants him on the ground. Hioki gets to his feet. Hioki, 10-9.
2ndRound: Guida picks him up and slams him to the canvas. Hioki attempting a kimura from off his back. He then transitions to an armbar to no avail. Guida is active from top position, but hasn’t landed anything significant. They get stood up due to inactivity. Hioki tags him with a big head kick. Guida, 10-9.
3rdRound: Guida gets a takedown within a minute. Hioki continues to try various submission from the bottom. MMA purists would argue Hioki won because he’s going for finishes off his back. The judges will likely say Guida won because he was on top (despite doing very little damage). Guida, 10-9, and likely won, 29-28. It could come down to how the middle stanza was scored.
T.J. Grant Defeated Matt Wiman via TKO (Elbows) at 4:51 in the 1stRound
1stRound: Good back-and-forth action in the first half of the scrap. Solid leg kicks from both fighters. Grant connects on some nice short elbows. Wiman is wobbly and Grant goes in for the kill. Grant follows him to the ground to unleash some additional shots, then lets him back up. Wiman keeps engaging in the clinch for some reason. He eats several more vicious elbows and drops like a sack of potatoes. Game. Set. Match, Grant.
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Ricardo Lamas Defeated Erik Koch via TKO (Elbows) at 2:32 in the 2ndRound
1stRound: The featherweights exchanging kicks for the opening couple of minutes. Lamas has him pressed against the cage and is going for a takedown. He dragged Koch down for a second. Lamas has double-underhooks against the fence. Lamas pulls him down briefly. Lamas, 10-9.
2ndRound: Solid leg kick by Lamas. He slips on a head kick and Koch tried to take advantage, but ends up on the bottom. Lamas stands over him and drops a couple of bombs. Huge elbow instantly opens up a nasty cut over Koch’s right eye. He’s laying the lumber now. That’s all she wrote.
Anthony Pettis Defeated Donald Cerrone via TKO (Kick) at 2:35 in the 1stRound
1stRound: Pettis denies touch of gloves. He lands a solid left jab to the chin. Pettis tries a fancy head kick, but eats a knee to the midsection for his troubles. Cerrone takes a right hand. Pettis keeps switching stances and is confusing “Cowboy.” Pettis propels off the fence and nails him in the face with a knee. He clocks Cerrone with a big body kick. Pettis drops him with a another kick to the ribs and pounces. A couple of punches on the ground. Game over.
Glover Teixeira Defeated Quinton “Rampage” Jackson via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
1stRound: The sluggers feel each other out in the opening minute. As Rampage anticipated, Teixeira takes him down. He takes his back and has both hooks in. Rampage avoids receiving any damage and gets to his feet. He tags the Brazilian with a big leg kick, but Teixeira answers with a head kick. Rampage attempts a weak takedown and eats a left hook. Teixeira nails him with another left hook. He drops Rampage with a right hook. The former champ gets to his feet, though is still dazed and confused. Rampage connects with a right hand. Teixeira, 10-9.
2ndRound: Teixeira plants him on his back within 30 seconds. Rampage fights free. He clobbers Teixeira with an uppercut. Rampage appears gassed. He’s talking smack to Teixeira while eating shots to the body. Uppercut by Teixeira and Rampage responds with a flurry, though there didn’t seem to be much power on them. Teixeira, 10-9.
3rdRound: Rampage comes out with a greater sense of urgency. He needs a finish, otherwise he’s leaving the UFC on a three-fight skid. Teixeira takes him down with the greatest of east. The crowd boos as if it’s his fault Rampage can’t stop the takedown… Rampage gets to his feet and comes up swinging. He didn’t connect on anything, though. Albeit brief, another takedown for Teixeira. Rampage looks old, slow and one-dimensional. One final takedown for good measure. Teixeira, 10-9, and should have easily owned the cards, 30-27.
Demetrious Johnson Defeated John Dodson via Unanimous Decision (48-47, 49-46, 48-47) (Johnson retains UFC flyweight title)
1stRound: Dodson clipped him with a left that briefly dropped the champ. Dodson catches a head kick and throws Johnson to the ground. Johnson charges forward and eats a left. Johnson gets a hold of him and slams his challenger to the mat. Close round to score, probably like how the other rounds are gonna be. Dodson, 10-9.
2ndRound: Johnson secures another takedown, but can’t keep him there for long. Dodson drops him again with a left. And again with another left. Johnson is back up, but is dazed and confused. He attempts a desperate takedown to buy time to no avail. Johnson appears to have recovered, as he’s on the attack once again. Dodson, 10-9.
3rdRound: Despite getting caught, Johnson resumes his stalker role. Dodson takes a knee to the groin and time is called. Game on. Dodson lands a flying knee off the fence. He catches a kick and tags Johnson with a left hand. Solid one-two combo by Johnson. He gets Dodson on his back. Dodson gets to his feet, but is met with a barrage of strikes on his way up. Johnson, 10-9.
4thRound: Johnson eats a knee to the midsection, but is able to land a takedown. Johnson unloads a knee to the head while Dodson’s hand was on the ground, which is illegal, and time is called. Game on. Johnson resumes his attack, capped off by a nice left hook. Johnson has a front choke and is cautiously kneeing his opponent after last mishap. He lands some sharp knees to the dome and Dodson is bleeding. Johnson clocks him with a right. Johnson, 10-9.
5thRound: Forget the touch of gloves, they hug to start the final frame. Johnson gets him in the clinch and lands a couple of knees to the body. He immediately drops for a double leg and easily puts Dodson on his back. Dodson gets to his feet, but eats some punches on the way up. Never seen this before, Dodson had him clinched against the cage, Johnson jumps on reverse piggyback and drops elbows to the top of Dodson’s head. Dodson scores a takedown. Johnson gets to his feet and avoids taking any damage. He gets Dodson in the clinch and is giving him the business – knees, punches, you name it. Dodson breaks free and smiles as if it didn’t hurt (yeah, right). Johnson slaps on the clinch again and is laying the lumber. Johnson, 10-9, and likely rallied to retain his crown, 48-47.