UFC on Versus 6 brings us the first championship fight on free television since UFC 75, and the first ever title fight that is presented live. This will also be the last event featured on Versus, due to the pending move to FOX Sports.
Bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz will look to defend his belt for the fourth time, having already defeated Joseph Benavidez, Scott Jorgensen, and most recently, Urijah Faber.
Demetrious Johnson will look to spoil Cruz’ reign, as he enters the octagon sporting a four fight win streak, which includes victories over Kid Yamamoto and Miguel Torres.
The main card will also feature a staredown special in a heavyweight tilt between Pat Barry and Stefan Struve, a welterweight showdown between Anthony Johnson and Charlie Brenneman, and a rematch between lightweights Matt Wiman and Mac Danzig.
The night’s action begins with the entire preliminary card airing live on facebook.
The main card will begin at 9 PM EST on Versus.
Here are the UFC on Versus 6 main card predictions from the MMAFrenzy.com staff:
Dominick Cruz vs. Demetrious Johnson:
Analysis from Justin Regier: Who is giving “Mighty Mouse” a chance in this fight? Every logical thought process should bring you to the conclusion that Dominick Cruz will retain his UFC Bantamweight title. He has better stand up and good takedown defense. He also has the size advantage. For whatever reason I really believe that Johnson is going to pull out the upset. I think he is going to out pace Cruz and utilize his own angles and takedowns. Unanimous decision for “Mighty Mouse”.
MMAFrenzy.com predictions: Cruz 3 Johnson 1
Pat Barry vs. Stefan Struve:
Analysis from Chris Leslie: Struve has a bad tendency to let guys in close. Doing so against Barry is suicide, but until we see a change, I’ll take Barry as long as it stays standing.
MMAFrenzy.com predictions: Barry 3 Struve 1
Charlie Brenneman vs. Anthony Johnson
Analysis from Eric Shapiro: Whenever Anthony Johnson enters the octagon there are some caveats. Can he make weight? If not, will his opponent accept a catchweight? If Johnson has to scramble to make weight, will he be too exhausted from the cut to put in a decent show? The answer to all of these is who knows. But for the sake of prediction, let’s say Johnson is on weight and not completely dehydrated. In that case he should manhandle Charlie Brenneman. Johnson’s got the range and technique to make standing with him absolutely miserable. Brenneman has serious wrestling pedigree but so does Johnson, and given the size differential, I just don’t see “The Spaniard” scoring that double leg on old Rumble. Johnson via Knockout.
MMAfrenzy.com predictions: Johnson 3 Brenneman 1
Mac Danzig vs. Matt Wiman:
Analysis from Bryan Robison: This one is a rematch of their fight at UFC 115 last June. In that one, Wiman was applying a guillotine choke to Danzig early in the first round. Referee Yves Lavigne then prematurely stopped the fight due to Danzig appearing as if he had passed out. Well, he didn’t, and Danzig was jumping up and shouting as soon as Lavigne called the fight.
Hopefully this time around, we don’t get the same mistake. That would be quite amusing, however.
Regardless, much like the first matchup, Wiman holds the advantage in multiple areas. With Danzig, he will be able to bring the fight to his realm, and wrestle/out grapple Danzig. Wiman should be able to stay on the outside of Danzig’s limited striking. Danzig just looks to be the same fighter we saw 3-4 years ago. Wiman takes this one.
MMAFrenzy.com predictions: Wiman 3 Danzig 1