The UFC delivered another exciting night of action on network television with UFC on FOX 6 where Demetrious Johnson went on to retain his flyweight title in impressive fashion against John Dodson. However, it was the bout between Anthony Pettis and Donald Cerrone leaving fans atwitter after the event’s conclusion.
Pettis picked up $50,000 and Knockout of the Night honors for his finish of Cerrone a little more than midway through the opening round of their fight. “Showtime” scored the stoppage with a number of strikes to Cerrone’s midsection setting up a body kick that put the always-tough “Cowboy” down for the first time in his career.
In a surprising turn of events, Submission of the Night went to Ryan Bader after the Ultimate Fighter 8 winner locked up a nifty choke on seasoned veteran Vladimir Matyushenko less than a minute into their match-up. In addition to being the first tap-out of Bader’s run in the UFC, the finish was also so quick it marked the fastest submission in UFC light heavyweight history. Like Pettis he too received an extra $50,000 for his performance.
Finally, Fight of the Night was awarded to headliners Johnson-Dodson for a five-frame battle seeing “Mighty Mouse” retain his title in the end despite some adversity in the first few rounds. Dodson dropped Johnson a couple of times but couldn’t maintain his momentum, losing enough of the effort to exit with a Unanimous Decision defeat. On the bright side, like Johnson, he too earned $50k for the distinction of being the night’s top tilt.
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