UFC on FOX 9 touches down in Sacramento, C.A. on Saturday night, and the main event features a rematch of epic proportions, with challenger Joseph Benavidez looking for redemption and a belt when he takes on champ Demetrious Johnson. Here’s a preview for the main card.
Lightweight: Joe “J-Lau” Lauzon (22-9) vs. Mac Danzig (21-11-1)
Both Danzig and Lauzon are on two-fight losing streaks and both men could be fighting for their jobs this weekend. Danzig is a very well rounded fighter with some heavy hands and some great Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, however Lauzon is equal, if not better than Danzig on the feet and on the mat. I expect Lauzon to come out guns blazing and bring the fight to Danzig early. Lauzon will take the fight to the mat, and catch a submission in the second.
Joe Lauzon via Submission in the Second
Featherweight: Chad “Money” Mendes (15-1) vs. Nik “the Carney” Lentz (24-5-2)
Nik Lentz has been on a tear since moving down to Featherweight, defeating top contenders in Hacran Dias and Diego Nunes. Lentz possesses some solid grappling that stifles his opponents and wears them down. “Money” has some great grappling as well with his NCAA Division I wrestling, and will not fall victim to Lentz grappling game. I expect Mendes to come out swinging in the first and catch Lentz with some heavy shots, where he will break the record for most consecutive knockouts in the UFC.
Chad Mendes via KO in the First
Bantamweight: Uriah “the California Kid” Faber (29-6) vs. Michael “Mayday” McDonald (16-2)
“Mayday” looked solid dispatching of Brad Pickett via Triangle Choke at UFC Fight Night 26, following his defeat to current Interim UFC Bantamweight Champion Renan Barao at UFC on Fuel TV 7 earlier this year. He showed that he is not only capable of knocking out his opponents, but he has a ground game to match. Uriah Faber has long been considered to be one of the most well rounded fighters in the sport and it will show on Saturday. Expect Faber to out strike Mayday in the first with his speed and versatility and sink a Rear-Naked Choke in the second round.
Uriah Faber via Submission in the Second
UFC Flyweight Championship: Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson (C) (18-2-1) vs. Joseph Benavidez (19-3)
Johnson and Benavidez first locked horns at UFC 152 on September 22nd, 2012 to determine the inaugural UFC Flyweight Champion. The fight was incredibly competitive with both fighters swinging for the fences. The first fight was declared a split decision victory for Demetrious Johnson (Scores were: 48-47 Johnson, 48-47 Benavidez and 49-46 Johnson). Stylistically, both Johnson and Benavidez are similar fighters. Both possess excellent wrestling and almost neutralize each other in this department. Both are very durable and took some heavy shots in the first fight, but kept going anyways. I expect this to be a similar fight to the first match-up. Benavidez is not going to be able to get Johnson to the mat and this will end up a kickboxing match between the two fighters. I expect Benavidez to get the better of the exchanges due to his improved kickboxing per “Bang” Ludwig at Team Alpha Male, with Benavidez walking away the champion.
Joseph Benavidez via Unanimous Decision