UFC Live 6 brought fight fans an exciting night of fights culminating with a co-main event between heavyweights Stefan Struve and Pat Barry and a main event for the bantamweight title between No. 1 contender Demetrious Johnson and champion Dominick Cruz.  The event took place at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., and aired live on the Versus Television Network.

Cruz Cruises to Victory

Challenger Demetrious Johnson gave the champ everything he had, but in the end it was Dominick Cruz that walked out with his championship belt.  Johnson came out fighting and attempted to push the pace and take Cruz out of his comfort zone.  From the beginning, Johnson showed that he came to fight and he did everything he could to win this fight, it just was not enough.

It was Cruz who was able to use his superior size and strength to dictate where this fight took place and dominate position.  Cruz was able to take Johnson down at will and control him on the ground.  Cruz did not do much damage while in dominant position, but he did not need to.  For five rounds, he was able to control Johnson and essentially out-worked him to a victory.

This was a battle between two of the best in the division and Johnson should be credited for the game effort that he put in.  He did things to the champion that nobody else has been able to do, but the champion was able to prove once again that he is the best.

Struve Submits Barry

The co-main event of the evening was billed by many as being a freak show because it was between the tallest fighter in the heavyweight division, Stefan Struve, and the shortest fighter, Pat Barry.  Though there was an extreme difference in both height and reach, ultimately this was a fight between two of the best kickboxers in the heavyweight division.

In the first round, Struve was able to use his significant reach advantage to frustrate Barry and keep him on the outside.  Struve landed numerous punches and kicks while Barry was often coming up short.  Barry was never really able to find his range.  He did land multiple leg kicks and decent counter shots, but he was never able to get inside of Struve’s reach to do any significant damage.

The second round started off the same as the first with Struve being able to land punches and kicks from the outside.  Barry was forced to start taking chances and it ultimately cost him the fight.  Barry, needing to get inside, allowed Struve to get the clinch and from there he attempted a guillotine.  Struve pulled guard to try and finish the choke, but Barry was able to work his way out and as he did, Struve transitioned to a triangle choke.  Barry attempted a slam, but when Struve did not let go of the hold Barry was forced to tap out.

Johnson Destroys Brenneman

From the opening bell, Anthony Johnson completely dominated Charlie Brenneman.  Brenneman did not want to stand and throw punches with Johnson so he immediately shot for a takedown.  Johnson stuffed the takedown and began his onslaught.  Johnson was able to stuff every takedown attempt while making Brenneman pay for it each time.  Much of this fight looked like an older brother beating up on his younger brother and after a brief scramble, Johnson was able to land a head kick as Brenneman was up against the cage that sent Brenneman to the canvas.  Brenneman was not out of it and certainly could have continued, but there was no need.  Referee Mario Yamasaki had seen enough and called a stop to the fight, saving Brenneman from taking any needless damage.

Rematch Proves Warranted but Wiman Wins Again

In a rematch of a controversial fight, Matt Wiman and Mac Danzig battled each other back and forth for three rounds.  This fight had everything that a fight fan could ask for. It had excellent striking, multiple submissions attempts, dirty boxing and solid clinch fighting.  For most of the fight, neither fighter ever gained a significant advantage.  Both fighters had opportunities to finish the fight, but every time it looked like one was going to take over, the other one dug deep and came back with everything they had.

Even though this fight was very close and it went back and forth, it was Wiman who seemed to land the more damaging blows and it was Wiman who seemed to push the pace just a little bit more.  Danzig was a gamer and he fought his heart out and did everything he could, but at the end of the fight it was Wiman that the judges gave the victory.

MAIN CARD

  • Champ Dominick Cruz def. Demetrious Johnson via unanimous decision (50-45, 49-46, 50-45) – retains bantamweight title
  • Stefan Struve def. Pat Barry via submission (triangle choke) – Round 2, 3:22
  • Anthony Johnson def. Charlie Brenneman via TKO (head kick) – Round 1, 2:49
  • Matt Wiman def. Mac Danzig via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

PRELIMINARY CARD

  • Yves Edwards def. Rafaello Oliveira via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 2:44
  • Paul Sass def. Michael Johnson via submission (heel hook) – Round 1, 3:00
  • Mike Easton def. Byron Bloodworth via TKO (knees) – Round 2, 4:52
  • T.J. Grant def. Shane Roller via submission (armbar) – Round 3, 2:12
  • Josh Neer def. Keith Wisniewski via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) – Round 2, 5:00
  • Walel Watson def. Joseph Sandoval via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 1:17

Photo: Dominick Cruz (Rob Tatum/The MMA Corner)