Since the Ultimate Fighting Championship signed a television deal with Fox, it has been a huge success for both companies. It’s hard to believe there have already been five events on Fox, and on Saturday, Jan. 26, the UFC held it’s sixth from the United Center in Chicago.

Flyweights headlined an event for the first time in the UFC, as champion Demetrious Johnson put his 125-pound title on the line against No. 1 contender John Dodson. Also taking place on the Fox main card was Quinton “Rampage” Jackson fighting for the final time in the UFC against Glover Teixeira, Donald Cerrone versus Anthony Pettis in a fight fans have been waiting years for and Erik Koch taking on Ricardo Lamas in a match-up of top 10 featherweights.

Another seven bouts took place on FX and Facebook prior to the main card, including T.J. Grant taking on Matt Wiman.

Johnson edges out Dodson to retain flyweight title

In the main event, Demetrious Johnson defended his flyweight for the first time on Saturday against John Dodson in a five-round battle.

Johnson was the more aggressive fighter in the opening round as he was the one who applied pressure. Dodson waited for Johnson to come forward, and counter punched several times. “Mighty Mouse” took Dodson down for a short period, but Dodson returned to his feet. A very close round to start the title fight.

Dodson landed solid shots as the second round began, but Johnson looked to turn the tables by attempting a takedown. He got it for a short time, but Dodson returned to his feet to land a fluid combination. Again, Dodson rocked Johnson with his hands, and landed counter shots each time Johnson came forward.

To start the third round, Dodson landed another crisp punch to Johnson, but Mighty Mouse continued to come forward. After a knee to the cup delayed the action, Dodson opened up his striking game with other attacks such as knees and kicks to go along with his hands. But even with that said, Johnson never slowed down, and landed another takedown to make it another close round to score.

Mighty Mouse came out quickly and pressed Dodson against the cage in the fourth frame. However, Johnson landed an illegal knee to the head with Dodson’s hand down, but the two went back to fighting with no point deductions. Johnson continued to listen to his corner and pressure, which led to him earning the round.

The final round began, and both fighters still appeared to be in great shape. Johnson continued to use his game plan to push forward, and began battering Dodson against the cage with knees and punches.

The judges scored the bout 48-47, 49-46, and 48-47, all for the winner and still flyweight champion, Demetrious Johnson.

Teixeira decisions Rampage

In the co-main event, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson stepped inside the UFC Octagon for the final time to take on Glover Teixeira.

Teixeira went for the takedown early in the round and got it. The Brazilian then took the back of Jackson with both hooks in, but “Rampage” got back to his feet. On the feet, Teixeira won the striking exchanges. Teixeira rocked Jackson several times, which earned him round one.

As round two began, Teixeira landed another takedown, and stayed on top until Rampage escaped to get to his feet. Rampage landed several solid punches in the round, but Teixeira once again controlled the round.

Knowing it was the final round and his final fight in the UFC, Rampage came out quickly looking to strike. But the Brazilian landed another takedown. Rampage got back to his feet once again, but slowed down as the round wore on. The last image of Rampage in the UFC was Teixeira mounting him as the seconds ticked down.

The judges scored the bout 30-27, 30-27, and 29-28 all for the winner by unanimous decision, Glover Teixeira.

Pettis stops Cerrone in the opening round

Ever since Anthony Pettis and Donald Cerrone entered the WEC promotion, fans have been wanting to see them fight. On Saturday, they went to war in a crucial lightweight battle.

Pettis came out quickly hoping to work his highlight reel striking early and often. Cerrone only attacked with kicks, while Pettis threw an array of strikes. “Showtime” went for the body of Cerrone, which would be the way to victory. After landing body kicks and even a “Showtime knee”, Cerrone dropped down after a final blow that forced the fight to be stopped.

After missing out of two title shots before, Pettis is hungry for a title shot, and may get it after Benson Henderson and Gilbert Melendez square off.

Lamas batters Koch en route to win

A match-up between two top 10 featherweights kicked off the card on Fox, as Ricardo Lamas took on Erik Koch with possible title contention on the line.

Both men started off slow, feeling each other out, until Lamas came forward to press Koch against the cage. Lamas held his opponent there, working for a takedown, but Koch kept his balance to avoid being taken down.

After a close round, Koch came out looking to strike more often. After a bit of a scramble, Lamas ended up on top of Koch and looked to land shots. Lamas landed several elbows that busted Koch opened, and continued to land until the referee called an end to the bout.

The official stoppage time was 2:32 of the second round, giving Lamas his fourth win in a row.

Preliminary Card Summary

Headlining the FX prelims was a big fight in the lightweight division between T.J. Grant and Matt Wiman. Grant earned his fourth win in a row by knocking out Wiman in the opening round, using elbows and punches to get his hand raised.

Clay Guida made his debut at featherweight on FX against Hatsu Hioki, and edged out the Japanese fighter by split decision. Guida controlled Hioki by taking his opponent down, which gave him the decision nod.

In the welterweight division, Pascal Krauss improved his record to 11-1 by earning a unanimous decision victory in the hometown of his opponent, Mike Stumpf.

In a light heavyweight affair, it didn’t take long for Ryan Bader to get back on track. Bader submitted veteran Vladimir Matyushenko in just 50 seconds into the first round by guillotine choke.

Chicago native Mike Russow appeared to be dominating his opponent Shawn Jordan in the opening round of a heavyweight bout, but due to his amount of energy burned in the first, Jordan was able to come back in the second round to win by TKO.

Kicking off the FX prelims was Sean Spencer stepping in on short notice to take on Brazilian Rafael Natal. Natal would submit the newcomer in the third round via arm triangle, giving him his first win of 2013.

In the only Facebook prelim on the card, David Mitchell earned his first UFC win after losing his last two bouts by defeating Simeon Thoresen by unanimous decision.

FULL RESULTS
Demetrious Johnson def. John Dodson by unaimous decision (48-47, 49-46, 48-47) -to retain flyweight title
Glover Teixeira def. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Anthony Pettis def. Donald Cerrone by TKO (body kick and punches). Round 1, 2:35
Ricardo Lamas def. Erik Koch by TKO (elbows and punches). Round 2, 2:32
TJ Grant def. Matt Wiman by knockout (elbows and punches). Round 1, 4:51
Clay Guida def. Hatsu Hioki by split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)
Pascal Krauss def. Mike Stumpf by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Ryan Bader def. Vladimir Matyushenko by submission (guillotine choke). Round 1, 0:50
Shawn Jordan def. Mike Russow by TKO (strikes). Round 2, 3:48
Rafael Natal def. Sean Spencer by submission (arm-triangle choke). Round 3, 2:13
David Mitchell def. Simeon Thoresen by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Photo: UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson (Esther Lin/MMA Fighting)

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Corey Adams
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Corey Adams didn't grow up watching mixed martial arts, considering the UFC was just getting started the year he was born, but in his teenage years, witnessed the action and has fallen in love with the sport. Corey was the first to join The MMA Corner staff -- other than founder Josh Davis -- and has been writing for the site ever since. Corey attends Austin Peay State University, where he majors in Communications with a focus on journalism. When he's not covering MMA, Corey is still writing on many sports with both local and campus newspapers. His favorite sports teams are the Atlanta Braves and Denver Broncos. Follow him on Twitter at the link below.