It almost sounds like a comic book storyline or an episode of a Saturday morning cartoon: “The Dominator” vs. “Mighty Mouse.”

In reality, it’s not a super hero versus some arch-nemesis, but rather the UFC’s bantamweight champion defending his title against a diminutive challenger who has proven to be just as tough as the super hero mouse whose namesake he shares. It’s Dominick Cruz against Demetrious Johnson.

The title bout headlines a four-fight main card at Saturday evening’s UFC Live 6 event in Washington, D.C. The other three fights scheduled for the 9 p.m. ET broadcast on the Versus network include a rematch between lightweights Mac Danzig and Matt Wiman, a heavyweight battle between Stefan Struve and Pat Barry and a clash between welterweight contenders Anthony Johnson and Charlie Brenneman.

The MMA Corner panel of Chase Buzzell, Duncan Price and Richard Wilcoxon shares their opinions on all four main card match-ups in this edition of the Round Table.

LW: Matt Wiman (13-6) vs. Mac Danzig (20-8-1)

Wilcoxon: This is the second meeting between the two TUF veterans. Danzig won season six of the reality show. The former King of the Cage champion easily rolled through his season on the show with a superior ground attack and some solid striking mixed in. Unfortunately, Danzig has struggled since winning the reality show, going just 4-4 in the UFC.

Matt Wiman (Rob Tatum/The MMA Corner)

Wiman appeared on the stacked fifth season of the show. He has fared a little better since joining the UFC, using a well-rounded attack.

The first time the two met, Wiman was declared the winner when he sunk in a guillotine and the fight was stopped despite Danzig not tapping. Despite the controversy, I see this fight going much the same way. Wiman is the bigger fighter and the better wrestler. Wiman wins via second-round submission.

Buzzell: Once again, I feel size is irrelevant in this match-up. It is not as if Wiman is so much bigger than Danzig, creating a mismatch.

Rather than size being an advantage for Wiman, perhaps he is just the better fighter top to bottom. Danzig winning the TUF competition was impressive, however the victories should be put into perspective. Danzig won the championship against Tommy Speer, who quickly washed out of the UFC and struggled initially on the local circuit. The second best fighter on the show that season couldn’t cut it in the UFC. Thus, Danzig’s early UFC success may be a result of his competition. Nonetheless, Danzig is a real solid fighter and should push Wilman.

Mac Danzig (Rob Tatum/The MMA Corner)

Wiman made a splash on the UFC scene when taking a fight on short notice and almost finishing Spencer Fisher in his UFC debut. Wiman has had some ups and downs since his UFC debut and is coming off a loss to Dennis Siver which should only serve as motivation. Danzig, on the other hand, has his own motivation in that Wiman previously beat him in controversial fashion. Therefore, this fight should display two very motivated fighters looking to ascend the lightweight totem pull. Wiman needs to keep this fight from going to the judges’ cards, as too many of his recent fights have ended up out of his hands. Look for Danzig to get the job done any way he can, but in the end I have Wiman winning.

Price: I’m really torn in this fight. Wiman is an animal and he has cardio for days, but he seems to get himself in bad positions, especially when facing a quality opponent. If he can convert that to a submission then great, but if not he risks losing by decision.

Danzig is a bit of a sleeper in the division. He has a lot of potential, but he just seems to be unable to convert it into a meaningful run in the division. A solid striker and impressive grappler, it is a brave man that underestimates Danzig.

This fight is going to the judges, in my opinion. Who gets the win is the difficult part. I’m going to go with my colleagues and take Wiman, only just, in a three-round war.

WW: Anthony Johnson (9-3) vs. Charlie Brenneman (14-2)

Buzzell: Little needs to be said about Anthony Johnson’s power, it speaks for itself with highlight reel knockouts littered throughout his career (see Chad Reiner, Tommy Speer, Yoshiyuki Yoshida, etc.). Brenneman, on the other hand, is a natural athlete who, despite

16 professional fights, is relatively new to the world of MMA given that he has only been training with a gym for three years. Previously, he was self-trained. Brenneman will win the hearts of many fans with his laid back down to earth nature, but Johnson has faced far superior competition and should be able to control Brenneman on his way to potentially challenging for a title.

Price: This is a really tough one to call. Both fighters have a wrestling base, so it could well be the man with the better stand-up that takes the victory.

Johnson is a powerful striker, but he proved against Dan Hardy that he hasn’t lost his grappling edge, controlling the Brit on the ground for all three rounds. In many ways that was a good sign, as Johnson showed that he is able to follow a game plan and take the fight to where he feels his strengths lie.

Brenneman pulled off what could be considered an upset in his last outing when he defeated the highly-touted Rick Story by unanimous decision. Story stepped into the match-up on short notice and I don’t doubt that fact had an effect on the outcome. Other than Story, Brenneman holds no other notable scalps and this fight with Johnson will definitely show whether he is able to make that leap to the next level.

Charlie Brenneman (Rob Tatum/The MMA Corner)

I actually agree with Chase, Johnson is just too big and powerful a welterweight for Brenneman to handle. This one ends quick with Johnson scoring a devastating knockout in the first round.

Wilcoxon: This is the toughest pick of the night for me. As the others have said, Johnson is a huge welterweight. He may actually be the biggest welterweight in the sport standing 6-foot-2 and weighing in at over 200 pounds when not cutting weight. He has good wrestling, solid ground-and-pound and decent striking.

Brenneman may have better wrestling credentials than Johnson. He is also a great athlete, as he demonstrated when he won “Pros vs. Joes.” Brenneman trains out of AMA and is a fighter I truly like. But as much as I respect and like Brenneman, I have to agree with the others. Johnson is just too big. I think Brenneman will make this a fight, but will end up on the losing side of a clear-cut decision.

HW: Pat Barry (6-3) vs. Stefan Struve (21-5)

Price: Both Pat Barry and Stefan Struve were knocked out in their most recent UFC appearances, so these heavyweight titans need to get one back in the win column here.

At UFC 130, Struve faced the undefeated Travis Browne and was violently knocked out late in the first round. Up until that point he had amassed a respectable 5-2 record in the promotion and had only lost to Junior dos Santos and Roy Nelson. Struve is a high-level Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, but he does like to stand and bang. This is probably to his detriment, as he is so lanky it is virtually impossible for him to effectively defend accurate strikes. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Struve can cinch in submissions others cannot because of his particularly long limbs.

The issue with Barry is that every time he wins, he quickly follows it with a loss. Although he always brings the pain, he appears to have little to no regard for his standing in the division. For example, in his latest bout Barry faced the Frenchman Cheick Kongo. Barry had his adversary dazed and wobbled, but he got complacent and allowed Kongo to complete one of the greatest comebacks in UFC history. Some may say credit to Kongo, I say Barry should not have allowed him to come back.

Make no mistake though, Barry is as strong as an ox and his strikes have raw power behind them. One of his favorite techniques is to chop away at an opponent’s legs with vicious kicks that have forced more than a few competitors to concede defeat. This could well be a tactic that he will employ against the rangy Struve.

I can’t see Struve pulling guard and Barry has little to no ground skill, so this one will probably end up as a kickboxing bout. This is going to go one of two ways, either Barry ends it early with a highlight reel knockout or Struve weathers the early storm and wins by TKO in the second. My heart says Struve and my head says Barry, so I’ll take a leap of faith and go for Struve to gain the much-needed victory.

Wilcoxon: Struve may be a high level jiu-jitsu black belt, but like so many others before him, he has abandoned what brought him to the show. The last time he submitted a competitor was back two years ago. He has had five fights since then and in his last four he has either been knocked out or he knocked out his opponent.

Stefan Struve (Rob Tatum/The MMA Corner)

That game plan will fall right into Barry’s skill set. The former kickboxer has no interest in competing on the ground. Barry compiled an 18-6 record in K-1 with nine knockouts and has added another five KO’s in his MMA career. In addition to his striking pedigree, Barry is one of the nicest guys in the sport. I admit I want to see him win and I think he will here. I predict the fight will be stopped in the second round when Struve can’t stand any more after a brutal leg kick assault.

Buzzell: I couldn’t agree more with Richard. Struve seems so concerned with knocking his opponent out that he has completely lost his identity as a fighter, costing him some big time losses. Moreover, Barry loves to stand up and bang and does not want this fight to go the ground.

Unless Struve has thoroughly assessed his MMA career up until this point, he more than likely will do Barry a favor and keep it standing. Although Struve has veered away from the high level jiu-jitsu that he once displayed, he is still impressive on his feet, notching some quality knockouts himself. However, Struve is just not on the same striking level as Barry and, as Duncan stated, Struve’s length at times plays as a disadvantage because he is mostly ineffective defending his opponent’s strikes.

If Struve takes this fight to the ground he will be able to submit Barry with little effort. On the other hand, if Struve stubbornly wants to stand with Barry, look for Barry to put him to sleep.

BW Championship: Dominick Cruz (18-1) vs. Demetrious Johnson (9-1)

Buzzell: Cruz is on a roll. After losing to Urijah Faber in his WEC debut, Cruz has walked through nine straight fighters. What makes this run even more impressive is the competition Cruz has faced. Cruz took care of Charlie Valencia, defeated the previously undefeated Brian Bowles, successfully defended his WEC title three times, held serve in winning the inaugural UFC bantamweight title and avenged his loss to the still dangerous and crowd favorite Faber. To say the least…Cruz is on a roll.

Dominick Cruz (l) (Rob Tatum/The MMA Corner)

Cruz’s roll may be halted by Johnson, who poses a serious threat. What makes Johnson such an intriguing threat to Cruz’s dominance is that Johnson has fought and defeated stiff competition such as Miguel Torres while only training part-time. Yes, that is right: Johnson has risen to the top ranks of the bantamweight division and up until training for the fight with Cruz, he worked a construction job full-time and pursued fighting on the side. Given that we may have only seen a glimpse of what Johnson is fully capable of magnifies the intrigue surrounding the fight.

Perhaps a little talked about underpinning to this fight is that Cruz, although dominant in defending his title, has gone to the judges’ cards in eight of his last nine fights. This may be a product of Cruz fighting high quality competition or a developing trend of his inability to finish fights. Either way it may give Johnson, a fighter that has seemingly come out of nowhere and never committed fully to MMA, confidence as the fight wears on that he belongs with the best of the best, which could lead to a scary position for Cruz.

Furthermore, Johnson has publicly stated that he understands the tenuous nature of his stature, stating that he knows he is only a few losses away from going back to a full-time blue collar job.

The technical display that is usually on when lighter weight classes get together is always fun to watch and this match should be nothing less than exhilarating. Look for Cruz to impose his experience and will on Johnson, but be prepared for Johnson, who has nothing to lose and everything to gain and a ton of motivation, to take Cruz out. I love Cruz and his dominance is a pleasure to watch, but something tells me Johnson wants to get paid. Johnson by referee stoppage.

Wilcoxon: Chase did a great job of breaking down the background of the fighters, but the one thing he didn’t mention is Cruz’s style. Cruz has such an unorthodox style in both his quick takedowns and his footwork and striking. Since his loss to Faber, Cruz has only improved with this unusual style and no one, not even Faber, has been able to figure it out. The other point to make is that Cruz has the cardio to go 25 minutes. He has done it over and over and is just as quick in the fifth round as he is in the first round.

Johnson is probably hungry. He has used his wrestling to gain advantages in past fights where he could apply submissions or ride out decisions. But I question if his wrestling is better than Cruz’s and if he can solve the puzzle of Cruz’s odd timing and quick attacks to get the takedown. Also, how will he handle the championship rounds? Johnson has never been in a five-round fight.

I see Cruz controlling this fight, dictating the pace and where it happens. I look for the “Decisionator” to roll to another dominant decision victory.

Price: I’m leaning towards Richard’s way of thinking in this one.

Johnson shocked the MMA community when he beat Miguel Torres at UFC 130, but I believe that was partly due to the underwhelming performance of Torres as much as it was the dominance of Johnson. There is no doubt he is one of the top bantamweights in the world, but the best? In my opinion, not at this point.

When you look at some of the men Cruz has already defeated, including the likes of Faber, Brian Bowles and Joseph Benavidez, I just can’t see him losing to Johnson. Cruz is probably as good a wrestler as Johnson and he is better in almost every other area of the game. As Richard says, he also has a lot more experience in these situations and there is certainly no disadvantage to being able to say that you’ve been there and done that.

Both of these guys possess excellent stamina and are very difficult to finish. It’s a little bit predictable, but that’s the way it goes sometimes. Cruz by unanimous decision.

Top Photo: Dominick Cruz (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)