Another UFC on Fox card and another UFC title on the line. The promotion debuted on the network with the Heavyweight title on the line and now switches gears cutting 140 pounds all the way down the lightning quick Flyweights. Former Bantamweight title challenger, Demetrious Johnson emerged from the 4-man Flyweight title tournament wearing the gold around his waist as the division’s first champion. Opposing Johnson in his first attempt at a title defense will be Ultimate Fighter Bantamweight winner John Dodson. Dodson was started his UFC career 3-0 and his UF Flyweight career 2-0 earning his title shot with a TKO victory over former top ranked Flyweight Jussier Formiga. Dodson should consider himself lucky as this is one of the rare occasions where the winner of a #1 Contender bout was actually awarded an immediate title shot in their next fight. Johnson and Dodson are easily the two fastest fighters in all of the Zuffa’s employment and will no doubt put on the fastest performance in the history of the UFC.
In the co-main event, former UFC Light Heavyweight champion Quinton Rampage Jackson will make what many, including Jackson, believe will be his last UFC appearance. Turmoil between the heavy handed former Champ and UFC management has lead to this apparent parting of ways. Before Quinton leaves though he will be faced with the fast rising Brazilian basher Glover Teixeira. Teixeira has won 2 in a row since signing with the UFC and 17 straight overall. A win for Glover over Jackson would move him one step closer to a potential title shot at the reigning champion Jon Jones, who has already definitively dispatch a trio of Brazilian stars; Shogun Rua, Lyoto Machida, and Vitor Belfort. If Jackson has any hidden intention to resigns with the promotion a win here would give him some added leverage and if not defeating Glover would be a nice way for Jackson to leave the promotion on his terms.
Continuing the star-studded main card main card, a pair of former WEC Lightweights meet for the first time with hopes of a title shot against a common foe hanging in the balance. The last ever WEC champion, Anthony Pettis wants a return engagement with the man he defeated to win the title, Ben Henderson. To potentially get that shot he will need to defeat Donald Cerrone, a multi-time WEC title challenger himself. With the arrival of Gilbert Melendez, a win here might not lead directly to a title shot but it will cement the winner in the top of the division.
Starting the main card off will be a Featherweight fight also with title implications as Ricardo Lamas looks to continue his run against Erik Koch who was originally scheduled to face Champion Jose Aldo last year. The prelims are headlined by a Lightweight clash between Canadian TJ Grant and American Matt Wiman as both men try to gain more respect in the stack 155 pound division.
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Flyweight Demetrious Johnson (C) vs John Dodson
Light Heavyweight Rampage Jackson vs. Glover Teixeira
Lightweight Anthony Pettis vs. Donald Cerrone
Featherweight Erik Koch vs. Ricardo Lamas
Preliminary Card (FX)
Lightweight TJ Grant vs. Matt Wiman
Featherweight Hatsu Hioki vs. Clay Guida
Middleweight Michael Kuiper vs. Josh Janousek
Light Heavyweight Ryan Bader vs. Vladimir Matyushenko
Heavyweight Mike Russow vs Shawn Jordan
Welterweight Mike Stumpf vs Pascal Krauss
Preliminary Card (Facebook)
Welterweight Simeon Thoresen vs. David Mitchell
Middleweight bout: Rafael Natal vs. Sean Spencer