All that glitters IS gold when inside the Octagon. At UFC on FOX: Johnson vs. Dodson, an exciting slate of fights with title shot implications and, in the main, TUF 14 winner John Dodson challenged UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson.
Norway’s submission specialist Simeon “The Gun” Thoresen with 15 of his 17 wins by sub stoppage entered the Octagon against fellow grappling extraordinaire in NorCal Fighting Alliance’s David Mitchell with 9 of his 12 wins via sub stoppage.
High-ranking Brazilian jiu-jitsu blackbelt Rafael Natal was 2-2-1 in the UFC and becoming comfortable inside the Octagon. Taking on the debuting Sean Spencer, with his 9-1 record, “Sapo” was geared-up to be the welcoming committee.
Both heavyweights were coming off streak snapping losses, American Top Team’s Shawn “The Savage” Jordan with his explosive knockout power collided with former NCAA Division I wrestler Mike Russow who had an 11 fight win streak including 4 in the UFC.
It was either ending quick or it was going to be a grueling war as former 2x NCAA D1 All-American wrestler Ryan Bader’s speed & power was scheduled for a brawl with former Soviet National wrestling champ Vladimir Matyushenko with 13 first round finishes.
Suffering his first career loss, “Panzer” Pascal Krauss who had previously won 10 straight pro bouts with 7 submission stoppages entered the cage to start a new streak against the 11-3 Mike Stumpf who aimed to avenge his debut loss in his 2nd UFC bout.
Making his featherweight debut, Clay “The Carpenter” Guida needed to turn his usual energy level up to 1.21 jigawatts to score his first UFC win in three fights against Japanese MMA star and submission artist Hatsu Hioki with his pro record of 26–5–2.
Since dropping to lightweight, Nova Scotia’s Muay Thai machine TJ Grant has won 3 straight in the UFC including a Fight of the Night against Evan Dunham. Up next, Grant would meet TUF alum Matt Wiman who grabbed back-to-back wins and bonuses.
Chicago native Ricardo Lamas brings his 3-fight win streak into this bout, putting away tough opponents Matt Grice, Cub Swanson, and Hatsu Hioki. Getting that fourth win in a row won't be easy against talented striker Erik 'New Breed' Koch.
Glover Teixeira was 2-0 inside the Octagon and on a 17 fight winning streak stretching back to 2006. It was time for a big step-up in competition as Teixeira squared off with former UFC light-heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.
This is what title fights are all about! UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson entered the Octagon ready to take on the toughest challenger he could have asked for in John “The Magician” Dodson whose greatest trick is having devastating KO power.