Ten Things You Need To Know For UFC ON FOX 6
1. UFC on FOX 6 takes place at the United Center this Saturday (January 26), beginning with one fight on Facebook (4:30 p.m. ET) before moving over to FX at 5 p.m. ET for the six other preliminary card fights. The main card goes live on FOX three hours later (8 p.m. ET).
2. Possibly the biggest storyline from the Chicago event remains Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and the expectation that - win or lose to Glover Teixeira - he will walk away from the UFC after Saturday night. This bout will be no. 12 of his UFC career.
3. Seven of the eight main card fighters enter Saturday night with a minimum two-fight winning streak. The odd man out? "Rampage," who hasn't won since UFC 130 and has lost back-to-back fights against Jon Jones and Ryan Bader. Meanwhile, Jackson's opponent hasn't lost since 2005.
4. Former UFC lightweight contender Clay Guida trades in a few pounds for a new division this weekend as he faces Hatsu Hioki in his featherweight debut. Guida currently finds himself on a two-fight losing streak but is an immediate contender in his new class.
5. The WEC will be represented strongly during the FOX broadcast of the event with a lightweight match up between Donald Cerrone and Anthony Pettis, as well as a featherweight bout between Erik Koch and Ricardo Lamas. And flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson, a three-fight veteran of the WEC, looks to defend his title for the first time since defeating Joseph Benavidez at UFC 152.
6. UFC featherweight contender Koch had a rough 2012, fighting exactly zero times. He was set to face champ Jose Aldo at UFC 149, but Aldo was forced out due to injury. Then the match up was reset for UFC 153, but it was Koch who would pull out due to injury. He has not fought since Sept. 17, 2011, while Lamas has fought twice since that date.
7. The entirety of Demetrious Johnson's 2012 was spent in the flyweight tournament, facing Ian McCall twice in the semifinals and defeating Joseph Benavidez in the finale. With the win over Benavidez, Johnson became the first flyweight champion in UFC history and now looks to be the first fighter to defend the 125 lb. strap. This will also be the first time a flyweight title fight serves as the main event of a UFC card.
8. Two Ultimate Fighter winners compete on Saturday night, but one holds a greater spotlight. John Dodson, the winner of season 14 of TUF, meets the aforementioned Johnson in the main event. Meanwhile, somewhat buried on the undercard, Ryan Bader, the season eight winner, meets Vladimir Matyushenko at light heavyweight. Once a top prospect at 205 lbs. alongside the likes of Jon Jones, Bader is taking a back seat to the lighter guys on Saturday night.
9. Anthony Pettis and Donald Cerrone made the move over to the UFC at the same time, but "Cowboy" already has seven fights under his belt since the WEC folded. Pettis, who finished off his WEC career as the lightweight champion, is off to a much slower start, having competed just three times since the move and losing his UFC debut to Clay Guida, putting a stop to much of the momentum he finished off his WEC career with. At 6-1 in the UFC, it seems Cerrone has more momentum than he ever has before.
10. Enjoy the free fights this weekend because the UFC doesn't come back to FOX until April for UFC on FOX 7. Until then, the promotion alternates between PPV events and UFC on FUEL TV events until mid-April. Plus, this card is certainly one of the most stacked free events in MMA history.