Before the UFC on FOX 6 "Johnson vs. Dodson" main card kicked off on network television tonight (Sat., Jan. 26, 2013) from the United Center in Chicago, Ill., an entire seven-bout "Prelims" under card was broadcast on Facebook and FX, respectively.
The final fight of the preliminary card saw Canada's T.J. Grant utterly obliterate Matt Wiman for a first-round TKO and his fourth consecutive win since dropping to the UFC lightweight division in 2012.
Grant's mauy-thai was on point from the opening bell as he found continued success using elbows from the clinch position. Wiman had no answer for the striking of Grant as he ate shot after shot until a final flurry of elbows dropped him to the mat and a series of hammer fists followed that shut his lights.
The 29-year-old became the fist man to finish Wiman since his UFC debut against Spencer Fisher in 2006, making his performance all the more impressive.
In the co-featured bout of the FX "Prelims," Clay Guida made a successful UFC featherweight debut, edging perennial top-15 145-pounder Hatsu Hioki in a close split decision that easily could have gone either way.
It was a typical Guida performance involving a lot of head and foot movement, wild strikes, takedown attempts and smothering control from the top position. Hioki had a few moments where he threw his legs up for submissions from the bottom, but nothing had "The Carpenter" in serious danger of tapping out.
An argument can be made that Hioki should have won; primarily due to his activity off from the bottom position and the fact he out landed Guida in the striking department. The judges disagreed, though, and awarded Guida the victory, officially announcing his arrival in the featherweight title picture.
Welterweight action between Pascal Krauss and Mike Stumpf saw Krauss completely outclass Stumpf for three straight rounds en route to a unanimous decision win for his second victory in three UFC appearances.
Krauss was the much more technical striker on the feet, landing combinations and will and finding a particular amount of success with his right hook and leg kicks. Other than a couple of scrambles on the ground, Stumpf had essentially no success in the fight and basically served as a punching bag for the German.
"Panzer" has only fought three times since the end of 2009 due to injuries, and with a dominant win perhaps this is the beginning of more activity for the 25-year-old. Stumpf, on the other hand, drops to 0-2 in the UFC and may be on his way out.
In the third fight of the "Prelims" broadcast on FX, Ryan Bader made extremely quick work of gritty veteran Vladimir Matyushenko, dropping "The Janitor" with a big left hand in the opening seconds of their light heavyweight fight and then attempting a head and arm choke from the bottom position. Once Bader realized he couldn't finish the choke, he switched to a guillotine that quickly had Matyushenko tapping.
The finish was the quickest submission win in the history of the UFC light heavyweight division, giving Bader a nice place in the record books. Moreover, "Darth" registered a crucial victory after being knocked silly by Lyoto Machida at UFC on FOX 4 last August.
Russow rocked Jordan badly in the early going of the opening frame; however, was unable to score the finish. Unfortunately for Jordan, that didn't stop Russow from battering him for the remainder of the stanza, opening multiple cuts on the face.
In the second round, Russow came out utterly exhausted Jordan had much more in the tank. It showed, as Jordan began to set a tone in the fight that Russow could not keep up with. Roughly half way through the second round Jordan got mount and began pounding away until Russow gave up his back, took more shots to the head and referee Herb Dean was forced to stop the fight.
In the opening fight of the "Prelims" broadcast on FX, Rafael Natal got back on track after suffering a brutal head kick knockout loss at the hands of Andrew Craig last year with a dominant decision win over UFC newcomer Sean Spencer.
The middleweight contest was competitive on the feet, but every time Natal attempted to drag it to the mat he was successful and completely overtook the action.
Natal came close to finishing the contest with a rear-naked choke in the second round, but Spencer escaped. In the third round, though, Natal got the job done, quickly taking Spencer to the ground, achieving mount position and stringing several submission attempts together until he locked in the arm-triangle choke for his third career UFC victory.
Despite coming out on the losing end, Spencer's performance showed some promise and as cageside commentators Mike Goldberg and Joe Rogan noted during the broadcast, the American is a natural welterweight and will be fighting at 170-pounds next time out.
The lone preliminary bout to stream on Facebook saw welterweights Simeon Thoresen and David Mitchell exchange fisticuffs for three rounds with Mitchell emerging the victory by way of unanimous decision. Coming into the fight, the two 170-pounders shared 24 submission wins out of 28 overall victories, which led many to believe it would go to the ground instantaneously. That wasn't the case in the first round, though, as punches were exchanged with both men having their moments.
In the second round, Mitchell stunned Thoresen and nearly finished the fight with the strikes and a submission attempt, but Thoresen managed to survive the onslaught and escape the round. Between rounds the doctor checked a cut on Thoresen's eyelid and was close to stopping the fight, but after a discussion with referee Herb Dean let the action continue.
The third round was more of the same with Mitchell getting the better of his foe and ultimately earning the decision for his first-ever UFC victory.
Here are the complete results from the UFC on FOX 6 preliminary card:
155 lbs.: T.J. Grant def. Matt Wiman via TKO (elbows) at 4:51 of round one
145 lbs.: Clay Guida def. Hatsu Hioki via split decision
170 lbs.: Pascal Krauss def. Mike Stumpf via unanimous decision
205 lbs.: Ryan Bader def. Vladimir Matyushenko via submission (guillotine) at 0:50 of round one
265 lbs.: Shawn Jordan def. Mike Russow via TKO (punches) at 3:48 of round two
185 lbs.: Rafael Natal def. Sean Spencer via submission (arm triangle) at 2:13 of round three
170 lbs.: David Mitchell def. Simeon Thoresen via unanimous decision
That's it for the "Prelims" portion of the UFC on FOX 6 fight card.