Demetrious Johnson was once again given the stage of Fox to showcase his skills and in his second title defense he was spectacular. At UFC on Fox 8 on Saturday the flyweight champion looked masterful in his stoppage victory over John Moraga as he proved to the mixed martial arts community that he is capable of performing at the highest levels.
For nearly five rounds Johnson proved that he is the premier flyweight in the UFC as he dominated Moraga in various positions. He scored on every take down attempt while threatening with submissions multiple times throughout the contest. Moraga was able to hurt the champion with a hard right hand that landed late in the fight, but he was unable to capitalize on a weakened Johnson.
“Mighty Mouse” even made history on the night as his armbar submission at 3:43 in the fifth round became the latest stoppage in UFC history. With this win Johnson has set himself up nicely to be the face of this division for an extended period of time.
Many were expecting Rory MacDonald and Jake Ellenberger to be a barn burner of a fight from start to finish, but the exact opposite occurred. MacDonald used his extensive reach advantage to keep Jake on the outside and pester him with jabs. Jake was never really able to get off any offense even though he scored a take down late in the fight. As boos reigned down from the crowd, the welter weight contenders did not deliver on much action, but “Ares” did what was needed to do for him to win the bout.
In the first showcased welterweight fight on Fox Robbie Lawler may have done enough to leap frog both MacDonald and Ellenberger due to his performance against Bobby Voelker.
Lawler used the first round to warm up and get his striking rhythm as it was very apparent that he was the superior fighter of the two. “Ruthless” finished the night off just twenty-four seconds into the second round with a stiff head kick dropped Bobby and he followed up with a few shots to the face of his grounded opponent. This was Lawler’s second win since returning to the Ultimate Fighting Championship and he may have placed himself on the short list of contenders to the 170 pound crown.
Jessica Andrade was faced with the tough challenge of debuting in the UFC against the former title challenger in Liz Carmouche. Andrade was able to bring the fight early and apply some pressure to Liz but the bigger and stronger “Girlrilla” took the fight over once she got her opponent to the ground. Andrade survived the first round through sheer willpower and toughness.
Liz scored another take down in the second round that would spell the start of the end. For nearly three minutes she pounded on Andrade who kept trying to move and stay active. Liz maintained control and stayed in the mount position while moving to back control multiple times in the scramble. At 3:57 in the second referee Herb Dean called the bout after Jessica continued to take punishment on the bottom, giving Liz her first UFC win and her first career win over a fighter with a winning record.
UFC on Fox 8 was a strong card in the continued development of the UFC on free television. Demetrious Johnson did what was needed to earn his respect as the flyweight champion and a number of other fighters impressed when the spotlight was brightest on them.
Full Fight Card
Demetrious Johnson defeats John Moraga via submission at 3:43 of round five.
Rory Macdonald defeats Jake Ellenberger via unanimous decision.
Robbie Lawler defeats Bobby Voelker via knockout at 24 seconds of round two.
Liz Carmouche defeats Jessica Andrade via TKO at 3:57 of round two.
Jorge Masvidal defeats Michael Chiesa via submission at 4:59 of round two.
Danny Castillo defeats Tim Means via unanimous decision.
Melvin Guillad defeats Mac Danzig via knockout at 2:47 of round two.
Daron Cruickshank defeats Yves Edwards via split decision.
Ed Herman defeats Trevor Smith via split decision.
Germaine de Randamie defeats Julie Kedzie via split decision.
Justin Salas defeats Aaron Riley via split decision.
Yaotzin Meza defeats John Albert via submission at 2:49 of round two.