The UFC returns to Chicago’s United Center next weekend for another top-notch night of fights, and earlier today, headliners John Dodson and UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson, as well as Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Glover Teixeira, Anthony “Showtime” Pettis, and Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone spoke to members of the media to discuss their respective fights. While most of the discussion obviously focused on the circumstances surrounding Jackson’s desire to leave the UFC, other points of discussion surrounded a bevy of topics.

For one, the UFC flyweight title fight between Johnson and Dodson provides a focal point for attention, as should any title fight. However, there was much ado about Fox’s promotion of the bout as a “world title fight” over this past week. Few will ever complain about seeing a UFC on Fox commercial during the NFL on Fox, but the masses felt that as UFC on Fox 5 commercials kept the mention of the lightweight title on the line, so should the UFC on Fox 6 commercials when it comes to the flyweight title.

“I just have to go in there and do my thing,” Johnson said, “at the end of the day, however they advertise the fight, I’m still getting in there to fight.”

Dodson echoes his opponent’s mindset, but in preparation for this fight, he also embraces what will come of this, the first-ever flyweight fight on Fox. Needless to say, he enjoys the feeling.

“It’s awesome,” Dodson said, “how many people can say they’re in the main event for their third fight after only being in the UFC for a year?”

At the same time, though, he does maintain some goals he’d like to accomplish in his bout with Johnson.

“I’m looking for a double bonus. I know I’m going to get the Fight of the Night for sure. I’ll just try to get something else on the back end.”

Dodson’s teammate Cerrone, who faces Pettis in the second fight of the main card, exchanged in a back-and-forth war of words with Pettis leading up to this contest. However, upon hearing Dodson’s desire to win the “Fight of The Night” bonus, Cerrone’s love for friendly competition settles in.

” You know you ain’t getting Fight of the Night boy!” Cerrone said to Dodson. “If you wanted Fight of the Night, you should have fought on another card. ”

All jokes aside, he hears what fans anticipate when he and Pettis get down to business next Saturday. Some locked it in for “Fight of The Night”, while others feel “Fight of The Year” defines its value appropriately. So please, do forgive Cerrone if he aims to prove those fans and media members’ expectations correct in Chicago.

“I think this fight is gonna be exactly what the media and fans think it’s gonna be. We’re gonna throw the f*ck down. Getting him riled up is what I’ve been doing. Keep training hard and he’s gonna come angry and it’ll be the fight that everyone wants to see.”

With Pettis’ style and unpredictability inside the cage, even Pettis agrees with Cerrone that their fight will look to stop the show before the main event.

“I’m not worried about title shots right now,” Pettis said, “I’m just worried about getting W’s under my belt after a year off…The fight’s sold and I’m gonna fight and we’re here to bang. Everyone knows I’m a flashy fighter and they have a chance to prepare for it. We’ll see what happens.”

On to light-heavyweight prospect Teixeira, who faces Jackson in the night’s co-headliner, fans already point to him as the man to dethrone Jon Jones. But right now, Teixeira will maintain his focus on the Pride legend and former UFC light-heavyweight champion before letting in thoughts of Jones and his title.

“I don’t think about [Jones] right now. I just think about this, a very tough fight. I’m trying to put on a good fight for the fans on the 26th.”

And speaking of Jan. 26, Jackson may grace the Octagon for the last time when he fights Teixeira, but if that proves the case, he wants to go out on a positive note, despite the drama surrounding what will turn in as his last dance in the UFC.

“I’m looking forward to a good fight and I’m ready to go anywhere,” Jackson said, “no matter what the outcome is on Jan. 26, I’m gonna be happy because I trained very hard. I trained every aspect on the ground, on the feet, everything. I want to leave the UFC on a positive note and let the UFC be in my past.”

And once the UFC turns into the past for Jackson, don’t think he’ll depart from the sport for good. He may keep his name alive in the sport when fans least expect it.

“I plan on still being involved in MMA. I just want to get this last UFC fight out of the way and see what happens when I’m a free agent.”

Photo: UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)