UFC on Fox 6: Wrestling Observer Picks & Preview



By Josh Nason

"Big" FOX gets their first major UFC event of 2013, a nicely stacked four-fight main card show that has some great storylines and a main event title match that is anyone's guess at how well it will be received.

UFC on Fox 6

Photo: Fight Network

Our panel:

- Dave Meltzer (1-3): Wrestling Observer founder & writer

- Bryan Alvarez (0-0): Figure Four Weekly founder and writer

- Todd Martin (2-2): Weekly FFD guest & RAW recapper | LA Times | Sherdog

- Mike Sempervive (2-2): Wrestling Observer Live | Big Audio Nightmare

- Mike Sawyer (3-1) of Tough Talk

- Josh Nason (3-1): Wrestling Observer.com web editor, social media guy

- Oliver Copp (2-2) of "Oliver Knows" fame


Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson (16-2-1) vs. John Dodson (14-5)


The 26-year-old Johnson looks for the first defense of the belt he won in September and extend a two-fight win streak in the process. For those that criticize him for not finishing opponents, his last six bouts have gone the distance -- a streak that dates back to November 2010. The 28-year-old Dodson is 3-0 in the UFC, kicking off his career with the TUF 14 championship. The Jackson's MMA product has won five straight and has finished two of his last three by TKO.

Johnson: Martin, Alvarez, Nason, Meltzer, Sempervive
Dodson: Sawyer, Copp

Quinton "Rampage" Jackson (32-10) vs. Glover Teixeira (19-2)

We all know the story here. This is Jackson's final UFC fight on his contract and has told anyone that will listen that he's gone. Teixeira is arguably the division's hottest prospect and a convincing win over a name fighter like Rampage would help his stature in the light heavyweight division. Veteran vs. (relative) new kid on the block. The gunslinger leaving town in his last dance at the O.K. Corral. Two guys that love to headhunt. This should be a great story that unfolds Saturday night.

The 34-year-old Jackson has lost his last two (Jon Jones, Ryan Bader) and hasn't finished an opponent since December 2008, a stretch of six fights. While relatively new to the UFC audience, Teixeira is 33 years old and has won 17 straight. In 19 career victories, he's got finishes in 17 of them.

Teixeira: Martin, Nason, Sawyer, Alvarez, Meltzer, Sempervive, Copp

Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone (19-4-0-1) vs. Anthony Pettis (15-2)


This clash of WEC veterans has been looked forward to by fight fans since the minute it was announced. A No. 1 contender's bout for the lightweight title? It should be, but with Gilbert Melendez expected to fight Benson Henderson in April, the winner may have to wait until the summer to get their opportunity.

"Showtime" has won two in a row and was last seen spectacularly knocking out Joe Lauzon in the UFC's February 2012 return to Japan. Nearly a year long absence could affect him against the active Cerrone, who took it easy with two fights in 2012 after a five fight 2011. "Cowboy" last knocked out Melvin Guillard in 76 seconds at August's UFC 150.

Cowboy: Martin, Alvarez, Meltzer, Nason, Copp
Showtime: Sawyer, Sempervive

Erik Koch (13-1) vs. Ricardo Lamas (12-2)

Koch (pronounced "Coke") has been on the shelf since September 2011 and saw two title shots against 145-pound champ Jose Aldo evaporate due to injuries from both guys. Before that, he had won four straight but like Pettis, will the ring rust affect him? The underappreciated Lamas has won all three of his UFC fights including a decision win over Hatsu Hioki last June. While it may not be heavy on name value, both guys are active and like to finish fights.

Koch: Sawyer, Alvarez, Meltzer, Sempervive, Copp
Lamas: Martin, Nason

The Facebook fights start in mid-afternoon EST with the FX prelims kicking off at 5 PM EST and the Fox show at 8 PM EST. As always, follow along with the action here on WrestlingObserver.com!

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