On Saturday, July 27, the UFC held UFC on Fox 8 from the Key Arena in Seattle.

In the main event, current flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson put his belt on the line against surging challenger John Moraga. Johnson had yet to taste defeat since dropping to the 125-pound division in early 2012, defeating Ian McCall, Joseph Benavidez and most recently, John Dodson along the way. Moraga, meanwhile, entered the contest on the heels of two straight stoppage wins over Ulysses Gomez and Chris Cariaso.

Also on the main card, welterweights Rory MacDonald and Jake Ellenberger clashed with each looking to earn a shot at the 170-pound title, Strikeforce veterans Robbie Lawler and Bobby Voelker each looked to add another knockout to their resume, also at welterweight, and former women’s bantamweight title challenger Liz Carmouche welcomed Brazilian Jessica Andrade to the Octagon.

The 12-fight event kicked off at 4 p.m. ET with two bouts streaming on the promotion’s YouTube and Facebook pages. Six additional bouts followed on FX at 5 p.m. ET, with the four-fight main card starting at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.

Johnson submits Moraga in fifth round to retain UFC flyweight title

The main event featured Demetrious Johnson defending his flyweight title against John Moraga.

In the opening round, Johnson stayed light on his feet and was the more technical fighter, while Moraga looked for big shots coming forward. Against the cage, Johnson took Moraga down and found himself in side control, then to half guard when trying to advance to mount. After Moraga scrambled out, Johnson held onto the neck until the round ended.

Moraga tried charging in once again, but ran into a double-leg takedown from Johnson. The champion showed to be the better wrestler by controlling Moraga on the mat. Moraga attempted a submission from the bottom by using his legs, but Johnson adjusted and returned to side control. Johnson landed another two takedowns in the round to take a clear lead in the fight.

Johnson returned to his wrestling, landing his fifth takedown of the fight. Moraga returned to his feet midway through round three, but found himself on his back once again. Johnson attacked the left arm hoping for a kimura attempt, but was reversed by Moraga who landed his first takedown of the fight.

Up three rounds, Johnson returned to a familiar spot in the championship rounds where he has grown accustomed to. The champion’s wrestling continued to overpower Moraga which led to him being able to use his clinch game as well. Moraga landed his best strike of the fight in the fourth round with a right hand, but Johnson avoided further damage by taking the fight back to the mat after being busted open with the shot.

Moraga needed a finish in the fifth round to pull off the win, but Johnson would stay smart by taking Moraga down to avoid the strikes. Johnson locked up an armbar with just over a minute remaining in the fight to force Moraga to submit.

MacDonald cruises past Ellenberger by unanimous decision

The co-main event featured two welterweights trying to solidify their case in the division as Jake Ellenberger took on Rory MacDonald.

Both men came out slow to feel one another out for the majority of round one. MacDonald kept his distance to use his jab, while Ellenberger looked for spots to attack. Ellenberger attempted a takedown to end a slow-paced opening round.

MacDonald continued to show respect to Ellenberger’s power, but did open up more often with his jabs in round two. Ellenberger was unable to mount any offense, which led to another round for the Canadian.

Down two rounds, Ellenberger needed to go for broke to win the fight, but MacDonald’s style continued to frustrate him on the feet. Ellenberger landed a takedown with a minute remaining in the fight, but was not enough.

Two of the three judges scored it 30-27, with the other seeing it as 29-28, all for MacDonald.

Lawler knocks out Voelker with a head kick

Two 170-pound strikers faced off next as Robbie Lawler battled Bobby Voelker.

Lawler pressed the pace early in round one, which led to him dragging Voelker to the mat. Voelker worked his way back to his feet, but after shots in the clinch of Lawler led to his nose becoming busted up. “Ruthless” threw a mix of head kicks and a flying knee to keep Voelker at bay and controlled the fight on the feet.

Lawler continued his attack in round two, throwing a head kick that dropped Voelker. A punch would follow, but Voelker appeared to have already been knocked out prior.

The stoppage came 24 seconds into the round, with Lawler stating his case once again in the welterweight division.

Carmouche stops Andrade in second round

To kick off the main card, former title challenger Liz Carmouche returned to action to take on UFC newcomer Jessica Andrade.

Carmouche pressed the 21-year-old against the cage to begin round one, and landed a takedown to gain the early upper hand. Andrade worked back up to her feet, but was once again put on her back by Carmouche. Andrade worked out of the position, and slammed Carmouche down while holding on for a guillotine attempt. The Brazilian held the position for the final minute of the round, but could not get the finish.

Carmouche answered back in the second round by gaining side control early in the frame, and stepped over to mount her opponent. Andrade turned to give up her back, locking up a rear-naked choke in the process, but slipped out. However, Andrade still found herself in trouble with the legs of Carmouche wrapped around her. After many punches and elbows, referee Herb Dean stepped in to stop the damage done.

The stoppage came at 3:57 of the second round, as Carmouche picks up her first UFC win.

Preliminary Card Summary

In the FX headline fight, Ultimate Fighter: Live winner Michael Chiesa took a step up in competition to take on former Strikeforce title challenger Jorge Masvidal. After a close opening round, Masvidal came back in the second to submit Chiesa with one second remaining in the round via d’arce choke.

Tim Means, who was a late replacement for an injured Bobby Green, came in overweight for his fight against Danny Castillo, but still competed while surrendering 20 percent of his purse to Castillo. Means was able to win the third round by using his reach, but the opening two rounds went to the wrestler Castillo who earned the win by unanimous decision.

The first knockout of the evening came at the hands of “The Young Assassin” Melvin Guillard, who after sharpening his striking in round one, knocked out Mac Danzig in the second round with a left hand, finishing with hammerfists on top.

Former Ultimate Fighter: Live cast member Daron Cruickshank stepped in for an injured Spencer Fisher to take on veteran Yves Edwards. The fight would come down to the judges’ scorecards after three close rounds, and would be awarded to Cruickshank.

Middleweights Ed Herman and Trevor Smith stepped inside the cage for a three-round stand-up battle. “Short Fuse” would get the nod by split decision, earning the Fight of the Night bonus.

Two women made their debuts in the UFC in the opening prelim fight on FX as Julie Kedzie squared off with Germaine de Randamie. In a split decision verdict, de Randamie pulled out the victory by utilizing her striking background against the wrestler Kedzie.

In a lightweight contest, Aaron Riley returned to the Octagon after a long layoff to take on Justin Salas in the final YouTube prelim bout. After three rounds of battling, both men suffered cuts and bruises, with Salas edging out the veteran by split decision on the judges’ scorecards.

After losing three-straight fights, John Albert was in a must-win situation against Yaotzin Meza in the opening prelim bout. The two put on an entertaining grappling battle in the first round, and continued in the second. Albert maintained a triangle attempt, but was reversed by Meza who went on to force Albert to tap due to a rear-naked choke at 2:49 of round two.

Demetrious Johnson def. John Moraga by submission (armbar). Round 5, 3:43 – to retain UFC flyweight title
Rory MacDonald def. Jake Ellenberger by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
Robbie Lawler def. Bobby Voelker by knockout (head kick). Round 2, 0:24
Liz Carmouche def. Jessica Andrade by TKO (strikes). Round 2, 3:57
Jorge Masvidal def. Michael Chiesa by submission (d’arce choke). Round 2, 4:59
Danny Castillo def. Tim Means by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Melvin Guillard def. Mac Danzig by knockout (punches). Round 2, 2:47
Daron Cruickshank def. Yves Edwards by split decision (30-27, 27-30, 30-27)
Ed Herman def. Trevor Smith by split decision (27-30, 30-27, 29-28)
Germaine de Randamie def. Julie Kedzie by split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)
Justin Salas def. Aaron Riley by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Yaotzin Meza def. John Albert by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 2, 2:49

Photo: Demetrious Johnson (Esther Lin/MMA Fighting)

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