The dust has settled following another edition of the UFC on FOX. Out of it came another promise of a lightweight title shot to Anthony Pettis, the first defense of the UFC flyweight title, the end of Rampage's days in the UFC and the coming out party for a trio of rising stars.
What comes next for those victorious at UFC on FOX 6 can only be speculated. Still, it's always fun to play the guessing game.
After the jump are some predictions on what matchups we may see in the future from this group.
Despite displaying a crafty ground game and an effective arsenal of punches and kicks, Hatsu Hioki came out on the losing end of a split decision to Clay Guida in the featured bout during the UFC on FOX 6 prelims on Saturday night.
The crowd inside of Chicago's United Center was clearly behind their native son in Guida, but "The Carpenter" drew scattered boos over the course of three rounds due to a stagnant offense, which saw Guida controlling Hioki on the ground, but not offering much in terms of punishment.
Hioki took the the first round on two of the judge's scorecards by making Guida miss on the feet, while scoring with a barrage of punches, kicks and knees. The second stanza saw Guida turn the tide with some hard leg kicks and a huge slam that put Hioki on his back for the majority of the round. The Japanese veteran still managed to keep things close however courtesy of a couple of submission attempts and a head kick that landed flush as the round closed.
MMA on Tap will be going live at 4:35 PM ET with real-time results of this evening's UFC on FOX 6 event, which takes place at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.
The show is headlined by a UFC flyweight title bout, pitting champion Demetrious Johnson against challenger John Dodson. The main card airs on FOX at 8 PM ET. Preliminary bouts can be seen starting at 5 PM ET live on FX and prior to that, at 4:35 PM ET on the UFC's Facebook page.
Live results can be seen after the jump.
In what is now becoming a yearly tradition, the UFC returns to Chicago in January for UFC on FOX 6, which takes place Saturday night at the United Center.
The UFC's latest network television special is headlined by another title fight. This time the flyweights take the stage as Demetrious Johnson defends his belt for the first time against fellow speedster and top contender John Dodson. Quinton "Rampage" Jackson will also fight for what could be the last time in the UFC, taking on rising light heavyweight Glover Teixeira.
My predictions are after the jump.
Clay Guida. Photo by Tracy Lee/CombatLifestyle.com.
A previously rumored lightweight meeting between WEC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis and a streaking Clay Guida has been signed for The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale on June 4 at The Palms Casino & Resort in Las Vegas.
UFC President Dana White announced the bout during a Q&A session prior to the weigh-ins for UFC Fight for the Troops II this afternoon in Killeen, TX. MMAJunkie.com was the first to report on it.
Former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar and rising contender Junior Dos Santos will serve as the head coaches for the upcoming thirteenth season of the reality show, which premieres on March 30.
We will be going live at 7:00 PM ET with live results of “The Ultimate Fighter: U.S. vs. U.K. Finale”, which takes place at the Pearl at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas. The show’s main card will be televised live in North America starting at 9 PM ET on Spike TV.
The event will be headlined by an anticipated lightweight matchup between Diego Sanchez and Clay Guida. Past “Ultimate Fighter” winners Joe Stevenson and Nate Diaz will also clash on the main card.
Feel free to leave your thoughts and comments throughout the afternoon and evening. Detailed live results are after the jump.
Diego Sanchez. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
A much-anticipated lightweight bout between one-time “Ultimate Fighter” winner Diego Sanchez and scrappy fan-favorite Clay Guida will headline “The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale”, which will take place on June 20 at the Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.
“Diego Sanchez vs. Clay Guida has the potential to be one of the most action packed fights of the year,” UFC President Dana White said today in a press release. “Both men have won multiple “Fight of the Night “awards and are two of the most aggressive grapplers in the division. Guida is coming off a big win over Nate Diaz and Sanchez just defeated Joe Stevenson. The winner of this fight will move into the upper portion of the lightweight rankings and get that much closer to a title shot.”
After spending the majority of his UFC career in the welterweight division, Sanchez opted to drop down to lightweight and picked his first win in his new weight class at UFC 95 in February, winning a unanimous decision over former title challenger Joe Stevenson.
Consecutive fights against tough competition had Guida struggle at the start of his tenure in the UFC, but “The Carpenter” has now reeled off three straight victories, including consecutive decision wins over “Ultimate Fighter” winners Nate Diaz and Mac Danzig.
Clay Guida. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship once again handed out two separate “Fight of the Night” bonuses following the conclusion of Saturday night’s UFC 94 event.
UFC newcomer John Howard’s upset win over Chris Wilson earned both fighters $65,000 for putting on one of the night’s best bouts. Clay Guida and Nate Diaz earned the same for their back-and-forth lightweight on the show’s pay-per-view telecast. Guida ended up handing Diaz his first loss in the UFC by way of a hard-fought split decision, one of eight fights that went the distance on the card.
Rising light heavyweight contender Lyoto Machida earned “Knockout of the Night” honors, and $65,000 as well, for his first-round stoppage of fellow undefeated Brazilian Thiago Silva.
Georges St. Pierre. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Georges St. Pierre used superior wrestling and surprising grappling technique to dominate UFC lightweight king B.J. Penn and successfully defend his UFC welterweight belt in the main event of UFC 94 Saturday night in Las Vegas.
What was supposed to be a showdown as even as their original meeting almost three years ago, turned into a one-sided mauling as St. Pierre (18-2) controlled Penn (13-5-1) in every aspect of the fight from start to finish. Penn, renowned for his takedown defense and new-found conditioning, found himself constantly on his back and winded after only the first round.
After three consecutive rounds of dominant wrestling and grappling by St. Pierre, the tide began to really turn in the fourth stanza, when St. Pierre turned up the heat - passing Penn’s guard at will and delivering a non-stop barrage of punishment. When Penn returned to his corner after the continuation of the round, both his trainers and the ringside doctor agreed that the fight should be stopped, and it was.
Georges St. Pierre. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The official weigh-in results for tomorrow night’s UFC 94 event, which takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, are below. All fighters successfully made weight.
The event is headlined by a highly-anticipated rematch for the UFC welterweight title between reigning champion Georges St. Pierre and UFC lightweight king B.J. Penn. Undefeated light heavyweights Lyoto Machida and Thiago Silva will collide as well.
Georges St. Pierre (170 lbs) vs. B.J. Penn (168 lbs)
Lyoto Machida (206 lbs) vs. Thiago Silva (206 lbs)
Karo Parisyan (170 lbs) vs. Dong-Hyun Kim (171 lbs)
Nate Diaz (156 lbs) vs. Clay Guida (156 lbs)
Stephan Bonnar (206 lbs) vs. Jon Jones (206 lbs)
Jon Fitch (171 lbs) vs. Akihiro Gono (171 lbs)
Manny Gamburyan (155 lbs) vs. Thiago Tavares (155 lbs)
Chris Wilson (170 lbs) vs. John Howard (171 lbs)
Jake O’Brien (205 lbs) vs. Christian Wellisch (206 lbs)
Matt Arroyo (171 lbs) vs. Dan Cramer (171 lbs)