For everything that the Ultimate Fighting Championship has been able to do to build its brand in recent sports betting years, one of the most impressive recent developments has been the rise of the UFC on Fox events. Highlighted by this past weekend’s UFC on FOX: Johnson vs. Dodson event, which is the sixth in the series of events in tandem with the FOX network, the UFC has taken major strides to make sure their fans are getting the best possible product. From Anthony Pettis’ destruction of Donald Cerrone to what very well could have been the last stand by Quinton “Rampage” Jackson against Glover Teixeira, to the main event title fight between UFC Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson and John Dodson, the most recent installment of the UFC on FOX lived up to all of the hype.
The action began with an impressive undercard that included an incredible battle between Clay Guida and Hatsu Hioki that ended with Guida taking the fight via split decision, which was promptly followed by TJ Grant knocking out Matt Wiman in the opening five minutes of their online betting tilt. That set the tone for what promised to be a strong main card, and it delivered right off the top with Ricardo Lamas knocking out Erik Koch in the second-round of their featherweight battle. Lamas improved to 13-2 with the win including four-straight wins in the UFC, and there is no doubt he is on the radar as one of the rising stars in the division.
Next up was perhaps the most complete effort of the night by Pettis, who showed off his incredible striking ability with a knockout win over Cerrone that took less than three minutes to pull off. Pettis’ acrobatics and ability to shift his angles and attack are the stuff of a true champion, and his ability to maximize his strengths in space makes him as dangerous as they come. With consecutive Knockout of the Night honors in each of his last two online sportsbook tilts there is no doubt that Pettis should be in line for a title shot in the lightweight division, and it will be interesting to see how his talent is handled.
After watching Pettis dominate, the stage was set for what was expected to be another physical affair with two strikers in Teixeira and Jackson. Despite their standup styles, this fight actually went the full three rounds with Teixeira eventually getting the nod via unanimous decision. While a third-straight victory in the UFC is impressive, the bigger story may be Rampage suffering a third-straight online sports betting loss. It is clear that the 34-year old former champion is no longer the fighter he once was, and this could be the end of the line.
Finally, the main event did not disappoint with Johnson successfully defending his title for the first time, securing his third-straight unanimous decision win. While it lacked some of the flare that the earlier matches provided with the knockout and submission finishes, Johnson proved that he is deserving of the UFC Flyweight championship, eliminating yet another worthy contender from his way. For all of the latest UFC news and betting odds for future events, be sure to check out the best online betting sites.