UFC on FOX 8: Mighty Mouse retains Flyweight belt; MacDonald defeats Ellenberger

Johnson submits Moraga with an armbar in UFC on FOX 8

Sorry for the late entry about this. I’ve finally managed to get some time to watch the main card fights last night. Demetrious Johnson defended his UFC Flyweight Championship belt with his first ever submission win in the UFC. It was a world class wrestling and grappling from the “Mighty Mouse”, a rare thing to say about this super quick and strong champion who was showing incredible standup striking abilities in all his previous fights in the UFC before this.

Although Johnson dominated the entire bout, he didn’t manage to finish off his opponent John Moraga until the 5th round where he pulled off a 2nd kimura arm lock attempt from side control which he beautifully transitioned into a cross-legged arm bar. We can actually hear his great trainer Matt Hume’s calm instruction saying, “There it is, there it is,” notifying him that Moraga’s right arm is there for the lock. Moraga did show a lot of heart, defending everything thrown at him until the final 3.43th minute of the bout. It’s a great fight.

In the co-main event bout between Rory MacDonald and Jake Ellenberger, however, was not as entertaining. MacDonald played the safe game using his reach advantage and long jabs the entire fight while Ellenberger was able to only get within range a couple of times but didn’t do enough. And thanks to the rangy jabs, MacDonald won by unanimous decision. It was a bore, to be very frank.

UFC on FOX: Johnson vs. Moraga Official Results

Fight of The Night: Ed Herman vs. Trevor Smith
Knockout of The Night: Melvin Guillard
Submission of the Night: Demetrious Johnson

Main card
Flyweight: Demetrious Johnson (c) def. John Moraga via Submission (armbar) – R5 3:43
Welterweight: Rory MacDonald def. Jake Ellenberger via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
Welterweight: Robbie Lawler def. Bobby Voelker via KO (head kick & punch) – R2 0:24
Women’s Bantamweight: Liz Carmouche def. Jessica Andrade via TKO (punches & elbows) – R2 3:57

Preliminary card (FX)
Lightweight: Jorge Masvidal def. Michael Chiesa via D’arce Choke Submission – R2 4:59
Catchweight (160 lbs): Danny Castillo def. Tim Means via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Lightweight: Melvin Guillard def. Mac Danzig via KO (hammerfists) – R2 2:47
Lightweight: Daron Cruickshank def. Yves Edwards via Split Decision (30-27, 27-30, 30-27)
Middleweight: Ed Herman def. Trevor Smith via Split Decision (30-27, 27-30, 29-28)
Women’s Bantamweight: Germaine de Randamie def. Julie Kedzie via Split Decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)

Preliminary card (Facebook)
Lightweight: Justin Salas def. Aaron Riley via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) – R3 5:00
Catchweight (137 lbs): Yaotzin Meza def. John Albert via Rear-naked Choke Submission – R2 2:49

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