The next event being put on by the Ultimate Fighting Championship will air live on Fox Sports. The main event of UFC on Fox features the UFC flyweight title defense by Demetrious Johnson against John Moraga. The main card will feature three additional fights including two important battles in the welterweight division and a women’s bantamweight showdown. What do fans of mixed martial arts have to look forward to in just a few weeks?
UFC Flyweight Championship: Demetrious Johnson vs. John Moraga
Johnson has won three straight fights since fighting Ian McCall to a draw in 2012 including wins against McCall, Joseph Benavidez and John Dodson. Johnson hasn’t been great at finishing fights in his career, so this could be a 25-minute war that will keep fans on the edge of their seats.
Moraga is barely in most top 10 rankings in the flyweight division, but he is riding a seven fight winning streak heading into this fight. He is 2-0 since entering the UFC with finishes in each fight, showing he is the anti-Johnson when it comes to that and that it could be an early night for the champion.
What this fight will come down to is whether Moraga can get the edge over the faster Johnson. If he can catch Johnson with a big punch, it could be over quickly.
Rory MacDonald vs. Jake Ellenberger
When it comes to the best young fighters in the sport of mixed martial arts, MacDonald is near the top of the list. He has won four straight including wins against B.J. Penn, Che Mills, Mike Pyle and Nate Diaz. With a win against Ellenberger, MacDonald could move to the top of the list when it comes to the next challenger for the UFC light heavyweight title.
With Ellenberger, you know what you are going to get. You are getting a talented fighter that was so close to competing for a world title, but was rocked by Martin Kampmann and knocked out. Since that loss, he has defeated Jay Hieron and Nate Marquardt to get to this fight.
If Ellenberger wins, I don’t think he will get the next chance at the title, but a win by the exciting 23-year-old Canadian could propel his career in that direction.
Robbie Lawler vs. Bobby Voelker
Lawler is one of the pioneers of the sport of MMA. He has been fighting since 2001 and has had a long career, going 20-9 (1). At one point in that career, he was 16-4, but has gone 4-5 in his last nine fights including a 3-5 record to finish his Strikeforce career. When he was brought over to the UFC from Strikeforce, many fans thought it was just to give him a little more money before riding off into the sunset. Instead, he shocked the world by getting the TKO win against Josh Koscheck.
Voelker is a talented fighter that also came from Strikeforce. The big difference between these two fighters was their first fights in the Octagon after coming from that promotion. Lawler got the win and Voelker was beaten by Patrick Cote.
This should be a fun fight to watch and it should be one that Lawler gets another victory in.
Liz Carmouche vs. Jessica Andrade
The opening fight of the Fox Sports portion of the card will put Carmouche and Andrade against each other. Carmouche is one of the top 10 fighters in the women’s bantamweight division. In her UFC debut, she put on a show and nearly made it out of the first round against current champion, Ronda Rousey. She didn’t and instead of fighting Miesha Tate, she will face the Octagon rookie.