Cartelera UFC on Fox: Johnson vs Benavidez

WE MEET AGAIN

 When Demetrious Johnson and Joseph Benavidez first met in the Octagon back in September 2012, Johnson’s competitive, split points victory earned him the distinction of becoming the UFC’s first ever flyweight champion. “Mighty Mouse” not only went into the history books, but also got to headline events broadcast on international television. Meanwhile Team Alpha Male’s Benavidez anxiously worked towards what he always felt was an inevitable rematch. The Californian defeated top contender Ian McCall to get back into the mix, and then went on to knock out the highly regarded Derren Uyenoyama and Jussier Formiga to underline his claim to a second crack at the world title.

During the build-up to this return bout – much like for their first encounter – Johnson and Benavidez have been cordial, friendly, even. But the two men, clearly, are the outstanding talents in the UFC 125 lbs division and there can be only one world champion.

KING OF THE JUNGLE

With the unification of the UFC bantamweight title on the horizon, the victor of No. 2 ranked Urijah Faber vs. No. 3 ranked Michael McDonald stands to potentially be the next title challenger to the winner of the hotly anticipated Dominick Cruz vs Renan Barao title vs title match.  Despite being a seasoned vet and former WEC kingpin, Faber has yet to taste UFC gold, and one of the last obstacles in his way is the hungry, young lion Michael McDonald.  At just 22 years old, Michael “Mayday” McDonald owns 16 professional victories and has already fought for the interim title vs the super-talented Barao.

McDonald’s supporters believe the title shot came a year or so too early for the rapidly-improving fighter. The experience will, they say, show Mayday just how close he is to being the best in the world.

Both men have excellent submission skills and pack powerful punches. As Faber put it: “It’s two Northern California animals walking into a cage, and only one walks out towards a title shot.”

ONE FOR THE MONEY

In addition to an already stacked card, No. 1 ranked Chad “Money” Mendes takes on No. 8 ranked Nik Lentz. After a loss to champion Jose Aldo snapped a six-fight win streak, Mendes rebounded with four consecutive knockout victories, including an historic win over Clay Guida, who had never before been knocked out by an opponent.  Still relatively new to the division, former lightweight contender Nik Lentz is a different fighter at this weight. Can Mendes keep the momentum going with a fifth consecutive knockout and earn another crack at the title? Or will Lentz get the upset?

SLEEP TRAIN ARENA – SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2013 – SACRAMENTO, CA

ALL BOUTS LIVE AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Red Corner

Blue Corner

Flyweight Bout 3 Rounds

Darren Uyenoyama

Alptekin Ozkilic

South San Francisco, CA – 8-4

St. Louis, MO – 8-1

Lightweight Bout 3 Rounds

Abel Trujillo

Roger Bowling

Boca Raton, FL – 10-5-0, 1NC

Cincinnati, OH – 11-4-0, 1NC

Lightweight Bout 3 Rounds

Sam Stout

Cody McKenzie

London, Ontario, Canada – 20-9-1

Spokane, WA – 14-3

Flyweight Bout 3 Rounds

Scott Jorgensen

Zach Makovsky

Boise, ID – 14-7

Philadelphia, PA – 16-4

Lightweight Bout 3 Rounds

Bobby Green

Pat Healy

Fontana, CA – 21-5

Portland, OR – 31-16-0, 1NC

Lightweight Bout 3 Rounds

Danny Castillo

Edson Barboza

Sacramento, CA – 16-5

Nova Friburgo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – 12-1

Welterweight Bout 3 Rounds

Court McGee

Ryan LaFlare

Orem, UT – 16-3

Farmingdale, NY – 9-0

Lightweight Bout 3 Rounds

Joe Lauzon

Mac Danzig

Bridgewater, MA – 22-10

Los Angeles, CA – 22-11-1

Featherweight Bout 3 Rounds

Chad Mendes

Nik Lentz

Sacramento, CA – 15-1

Coconut Creek, FL – 26-5-2, 1NC

Bantamweight Bout 3 Rounds

Urijah Faber

Michael McDonald

Sacramento, CA – 29-6

Modesto, CA – 16-2

Flyweight Championship Bout 5 Rounds

Demetrious Johnson

Joseph Benavidez

Parkland, WA – 18-2-1

Sacramento, CA – 19-3

 

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