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Bloody Elbow presents their UFC on Fox 6 fight card primer, previewing all the action at UFC on Fox 6: Johnson vs. Dodson. Here, we look at Anthony Pettis vs. Donald Cerrone.
UFC on Fox 6 includes a potentially show stealing Lightweight fight as Anthony Pettis (15-2 MMA; 2-1 UFC) faces Donald Cerrone (19-4(1) MMA; 6-1 UFC). This is the second of four main card fights. UFC on Fox 6 airs live from Chicago this Saturday night, January 26, with the main card beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. PT.
Pettis vs. Cerrone is a dream fight for WEC enthusiasts. Pettis was the final Lightweight champion of that promotion, while Cerrone was a former interim champion. Had the organization not closed its doors in 2010, it's entirely possible this would have been one of Pettis's first title defenses. Now, two years later, they are finally meeting with a possible UFC title shot against fellow WEC alum Ben Henderson at stake. This should be a classic fight between two very evenly matched opponents.
How do these two stack up?
Pettis: 25 years old | 5'10" | 72" reach
Cerrone: 29 years old | 6'0" | 73" reach
What have these two done recently?
How did these two get here?
Anthony Pettis came to the UFC with huge hype thanks to his WEC win over Henderson and his famous Showtime kick (never seen it? Google it NOW). But his transition to the UFC was not a smooth one, as he was dominated by Clay Guida in his debut, then barely got by Jeremy Stephens in his 2nd fight. His last win was a big one though, as he emphatically KO'd Joe Lauzon. The Duke Roufus trainee is moving back into the title picture, and a win here would set up Pettis vs. Henderson II nicely, as Pettis is the only man to have defeated Henderson in the champion's last 17 fights.
Donald Cerrone had a solid WEC career, but unlike Pettis, has made a fantastic transition into the UFC, having more success inside the Octagon than in the WEC. Cerrone was on a 6 fight win streak before his UFC 141 loss to Nate Diaz, and has since bounced back with two solid wins, including a fantastic come from behind KO of Melvin Guillard last time out. Cerrone is a longtime Greg Jackson trainee who combines very good Muay Thai with an often overlooked ground game. He is a very good fighter, though has yet to score that one win to make him truly elite.
Why should you care?
Seriously, this should be really, really good. On the ground, on the feet, who cares? These two are going to make it a fantastic fight.