UFC on Versus 6 takes place later tonight at the Verizon Center in Washington DC. The event airs live on Versus at 9pm ET/6pm PT. The Versus broadcast will be preceded by a prelim special on Facebook at 5:40pm ET/2:40pm PT.
In the main event, Dominick Cruz puts his bantamweight title on the line against Demetrious Johnson.
Pat Barry takes on Stefan Struve in a heavyweight match-up.
Anthony Johnson faces Charlie Brenneman in a welterweight match-up.
Mac Danzig and Matt Wiman meet in a lightweight rematch.
Results, recap and bonuses after the jump.
- Dominick Cruz def. Demetrious Johnson via Unanimous Decision (50-45, 49-46, 50-45)
- Stefan Struve def. Pat Barry via Submission (Triangle Choke) at 3:22 in Round 2
- Anthony Johnson def. Charlie Brenneman via TKO (Kick) at 2:49 in Round 1
- Matt Wiman def. Mac Danzig via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Yves Edwards def. Rafaello Oliveira via TKO (Punches) at 2:44 in Round 2
- Paul Sass def. Michael Johnson via Submission (Heelhook) at 3:00 in Round 1
- Mike Easton def. Byron Bloodworth via TKO (Punches) at 4:52 in Round 2
- T.J. Grant def. Shane Roller via Submission (Armbar) at 2:12 in Round 3
- Josh Neer def. Keith Wisniewski via TKO (Doctor Stoppage) at 5:00 in Round 2
- Walel Watson def. Joseph Sandoval via TKO (Strikes) at 1:17 in Round 1
Recap & Thoughts
Mac Danzig vs. Matt Wiman: As this pairing was a rematch, there was very little feeling out in the opening seconds of the first round, the two instead opting to mix it in the form of short punches and clinch-work. A high-kick by the TUF winner had Wiman switching into wrestler mode, taking Danzig down to briefly jockey for position, but once they regained their feet it was all dirty boxing all the time. The action picked up right where it left off in Round 2 – that is, until Danzig put Wiman on his back with a takedown and Wiman began firing off armbar and kimura attempts that put Danzig on the defensive. However, once again, when time ran out in the round the two were standing and trading elbows and short hooks. In the final frame Danzig got the takedown, but when he attempted to take his opponent’s back Wiman shook him off and battered him. Both men were worn and bloody by that point, and it was a testament to their determination that when the seconds ran out in Round 3, Danzig was desperately going for a guillotine and Wiman was defending. The judges scored the bout 29-28 all across the board to give the unanimous decision to Wiman, but Danzig really did put out a solid performance.
Anthony Johnson vs. Charlie Brenneman: Brenneman wasted no time going for his bread and butter move – the takedown – and Johnson wasted no time showing that he was prepared for it. Employing a sharp sprawl that pinned the Pennsylvania native’s head to the mat, Johnson punished him with fists and forearms. Then, when Brenneman somehow found his feet again, Johnson kept firing off big kicks to his head. One grazed him, and left him desperately reaching for Johnson’s legs, but a follow-up kick caught Brenneman directly in the face and put him on his butt. Unfortunately, referee Mario Yamasaki deemed that he was done and waived off the bout at 2:49 of the round, a decision that seemed premature as Brenneman looked far from out. Regardless, Johnson looked like a beast, and got the “W”.
Pat Barry vs. Stefan Struve: A one-foot reach disadvantage (plus the knowledge that too much aggression cost him his last fight) had Barry stalking Struve with measured offense, which made the first round of their clash somewhere in between a crowd-pleaser and a snoozefest. Still, in a contest of points, it was likely Barry – with his laser-like inside leg-kicks – who took the first round. When Round 2 began things looked to play out along a similar vein, but then Struve changed course and took the battle to the ground. There, with surprising competence, Struve endangered Barry with his legs, locking on a triangle choke that Barry attempted to slam his way out of yet eventually tapped to. The official time of the ending was 3:22.
Dominick Cruz vs. Demetrious Johnson: As if they’d been shot out of a cannon, both champ and challenger came out at one hundred miles an hour, Johnson moving forward with punches and Cruz backing him off with his unorthodox punch-kick combo (unorthodox in the way he leans and sways into it). Two smartly executed takedowns and smooth transitions had Cruz on top and in side-control, and though Johnson eventually escaped, from then on it was clear the champ wielded an edge in wrestling. Round 2 featured quite a bit of back and forth, as Johnson kept up the kind of pressure that had Cruz huffing and puffing and Cruz kept his mode and angle of attack varied. The third round was highlighted by Cruz’s high-amplitude suplex, back-control and rear naked choke attempts, and Johnson’s amazing escape. In the championships rounds, the gulf between their wrestling ability became much more apparent with each time Cruz got Johnson down; Round 4 even had Cruz attaining mount, while another suplex was the exclamation point of Round 5. As predicted, it went the distance, and when the judges’ scores were read, the unanimous decision was awarded to the champ.
Submission of the Night: Stefan Struve
Knockout of the Night: Anthony Johnson
Fight of the Night: Matt Wiman vs. Mac Danzig