After three straight wins over a trio of the UFC's toughest and most durable lightweights, including a first-round TKO of Donald Cerrone at UFC on FOX 6 last night, former WEC champion Anthony Pettis is content to wait for a shot at the UFC lightweight belt if a crack at it is set in stone for him.
"If it's a guaranteed title shot, I'm waiting," Pettis said at the event's post-fight press conference. "That's what my goals are. It's one of my goals this year. If it's next, I'm going to wait, get better and get what's mine."
Pettis has been guaranteed a UFC title shot once before. As the last reigning WEC lightweight champion, Pettis was slated to meet the winner of a January 2011 title fight between then champion Frankie Edgar and rival Gray Maynard.
Above is a recap of highlights from Demetrious Johnson's successful defense of the UFC flyweight title against John Dodson.
After the jump are highlights and interviews from the rest of the main card fights. Be sure to check them out.
Demetrious Johnson successfully defended his UFC flyweight title on Saturday night, but took all he could handle from prepared challenger John Dodson in the main event of Saturday night's UFC on FOX 6.
The 16,091 in attendance at United Center in Chicago witnessed Dodson drop the champ thrice within the first two rounds, only for Johnson to storm back with a relentless attack in the later rounds.
"I got dazed a little bit," Johnson said after the fight. "It's going to happen. It's like swimming, you're gonna get splashed. I'm going to get hit."
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.
Demetrious Johnson and John Dodson. Image courtesy of UFC.com.
Here are the staredowns from this afternoon's UFC on FOX 6 pre-fight press conference, which just ended moments ago in Chicago. UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson and challenger John Dodson are above. The rest of the main card is after the jump.
Check back here at 2 PM ET for the live pre-fight press conference for Saturday's UFC on FOX 6 event. UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson and challenger John Dodson will join Rampage Jackson, Glover Teixeira, Anthony Pettis and Donald Cerrone on the podium.
It's no secret that Quinton "Rampage" Jackson is more than excited to return to Japan for UFC 144 this Saturday night. The former PRIDE standout spent over five years fighting and entertaining fans overseas before leaving for the WFA and UFC shortly before the collapse of Japanese MMA.
His co-main event bout against former "TUF" winner Ryan Bader is one that Jackson had to fight for. The former UFC light heavyweight champ admits that he had to put up quite a fight to land on this weekend's card, potentially angering UFC officials in the process. However the ability to have his family watch him fight in Japan one more time was worth it all:
“It’s a no-brainer. The UFC is going back to Japan and I got my big break in Japan. I wanted to be there,” he added. “I couldn’t just say it was on my bucket list, but you know what I’m saying, it was a no-brainer that UFC is putting on a show in Japan and I wanted to be on that card.”
“It’s very important to me personally. My kids are from Japan; my kids’ grandparents are from there. They’ve never really watched me fight back in the day, and I’ve got a lot of experience in Japan,” said the former UFC light heavyweight titleholder. "I really miss the fans; I’m not going to lie. I really miss fighting there. So it was something personal for me. My two younger kids can come watch me fight and the in-laws can be in the crowd and watch me fight. I never had that before, so it is something that I want to do.”
You can watch and listen to Rampage talk more about his excitement about fighting in Japan here.
A friend of mine asked for my prediction on Rampage and Bader earlier in the week. While Jackson is all about putting a show for the fans regardless of the result against Bader, something tells me that he will refuse to lose in Japan.
Be sure to checkout the premiere of "Countdown to UFC 135" which debuts tonight at 11 PM ET on Spike and profiles this weekend's UFC light heavyweight title bout between current champion Jon "Bones" Jones and former title holder Quinton "Rampage" Jackson as well as a pivotal welterweight bout between Matt Hughes and Josh Koscheck.
Dana White. Photo courtesy of Playboy Magazine.
The UFC will hold a press conference today at 12:00 PM ET promoting UFC 135, which features a light heavyweight title bout between champion Jon Jones and former champion and challenger Quinton "Rampage" Jackson on September 24 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado.
Both Jones and Jackson will be in attendance as well as UFC President Dana White and other fighters slated to compete on the card.
Video of the press conference can be seen after the jump.