The UFC on Versus 6 main event will feature a title bout in which Dominick Cruz will defend his UFC bantamweight title against Demetrious Johnson. This will be the first time a UFC title fight has been on FREE tv since Rampage Jackson and Dan Henderson unified the UFC and PRIDE light heavyweight belts back at UFC 75. Let’s see how this fight shakes out.
Demetrious Johnson comes into this fight with a career record of (9-1) with 4 wins via submission and 2 wins via TKO/KO. He was last seen in action against Miguel Torres squeaking out a razor close decision win back at UFC 130. Johnson is known for his quickness and wrestling base, but also has decent kickboxing skills but often can’t display them because he gives up a ton of reach to most opponents.
Dominick Cruz comes into this fight with a career record of (18-1) with 6 wins via TKO/KO and 10 wins via decision. Cruz was last seen in action at UFC 132 defending his title and avenging his only loss by defeating Urijah Faber via unanimous decision. Cruz is known for his unothodox striking style in which he uses a lot of movement/footwork to strike from weird angles. He also has great takedown defense and a solid wrestling skills.
Bet on Fighting has Cruz as the betting favorite at (-435) and Johnson as the underdog at (+335).
I would agree with those odds. Johnson is going to be giving up a lot of size and reach, and everything that Johnson does well Cruz does just as good if not better. I think we’ll see Cruz do more of the stick and move style that he’s basically patented in the last couple of years. He should be able to defend all of Johnson’s takedowns and pick Johnson apart from range with his jab and kicks. We saw Johnson struggle to control a lanky Miguel Torres on the ground in his last match up and even if he got Cruz down I highly doubt he would be able to keep him there. As I said earlier in the week, Johnson will surely move down to the flyweight division(125lbs) once they are implemented in the UFC next year.
This should be a fairly exciting fight as both fighters are capable of fighting at a high pace, but Cruz most likely takes this fight via unanimous decision.