Anthony Pettis is ready for his long awaited title shot against Benson Henderson
Anthony Pettis: A+
Anthony Pettis introduced himself to the casual mixed martial arts fan in a huge way on Saturday. ‘Showtime’, as he is known by UFC fans, made a big statement in the lightweight division with his liver-kick knockout of the tough-as-nails Donald Cerrone. The 26-year-old Milwaukee native is a daring fighter and may have just earned himself a shot at the 155lb title against the winner of the Ben Henderson versus Gilbert Melendez UFC and Strikeforce title unification bout.
Demetrious Johnson: A
Demetrious ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson put on a clinic in the fourth and fifth rounds of his title fight against John Dodson. Johnson was rocked twice in the second round but was able to recover before the speedy Dodson could take advantage of those strikes. ‘Mighty Mouse’ again proved why he is the best flyweight in the world and introduced the general public to the exciting and action packed 125 lb division.
Ryan Bader: B+
Ryan Bader looked great in his 50-second submission of Vladimir Matyushenko, but it is nothing to get overly excited about. Bader’s win, as impressive as it looked, was against an aging 16 year UFC veteran who happens to be the second oldest fighter in the company at 42 years of age. Bader looked good, but the fight does not improve his standing in the light heavyweight division at all.
Glover Teixeira earns a unanimous decision victory over Rampage Jackson on Fox
Glover Teixeira: B
Glover Teixeira said he would stand in the middle of the octagon and trade punches with Rampage Jackson and that is exactly what he did. The Brazilian was quicker, stronger, and beat Jackson to the punch every time. The only knock on Teixeira’s performance was that he was unable to finish a fading and visibly gassed Jackson in the third round of the fight. They hype train on Glover Teixeira will continue to move one, though he is still probably two or three fights from title contention.
Rampage Jackson: C-
Rampage Jackson spent the better part of the last two years complaining about the UFC’s match making and blaming his losses on the fact that he was fighting wrestlers who wanted to hold him down. After Saturday’s event on Fox, Rampage shouldn’t have anymore excuses for his poor performances. Glover Teixeira stood in the middle of the octagon and traded punches with Jackson and earned a unanimous decision victory for his efforts. Jackson is said to be leaving the UFC—and if he truly is—now would be the perfect time to hang up his gloves.
Donald Cerrone: F
Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone simply did not show up to his fight with Anthony Pettis. He seemed tentative from the get go, didn’t close the distance, and seemed to have no game plan at all. Who knows what was going through ‘Cowboy’s’ mind, but simply standing in front of Pettis was only going to end in one way—with a brutal knockout.