UFC on FOX 6 gets Demetrious (Mighty Mouse) Johnson vs. John (The Magician) Dodson

NEIL SPRINGER, Special to QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:12 AM ET

TORONTO - The UFC has already begun piecing together its first FOX card of 2013.

UFC on FOX 6 is set for Jan. 26 in Chicago and will feature a flyweight championship bout between Demetrious (Mighty Mouse) Johnson and John (The Magician) Dodson. Johnson captured the inaugural 125-pound title with an impressive unanimous-decision victory over Joseph Benavidez at UFC 152 in Toronto on Sept. 22. Dodson, who won The Ultimate Fighter 14 bantamweight tournament, earned the right to challenge Johnson with a TKO win over Jussier da Silva last month.

The card will also see Donald (Cowboy) Cerrone take on Anthony (Showtime) Pettis, Quinton (Rampage) Jackson face Glover Teixeira and Cole Harbour, N.S., lightweight T.J. Grant battle Matt (Handsome) Wiman.

Cerrone lobbied to face Pettis at UFC 150 in Denver three months ago, but the former WEC lightweight champ was busy recovering from shoulder surgery. Cerrone stayed on the card, knocking out Melvin Guillard. Jackson was expected to meet Teixeira at UFC 153 last month, but suffered an injury during training. Teixeira battered Fabio Maldonado en route to an violent TKO win that night, before calling out the former light-heavyweight champion. Jackson then agreed to the bout via Twitter.

Grant’s last outing saw him earn Fight of the Night honours for his thrilling unanimous-decision victory over Evan Dunham at UFC 152.

Meanwhile, Wiman submitted Paul Sass via armbar in late September, handing the British grappler his first professional loss.

BONNAR A GONER FOR ONE YEAR

Stephan (American Psycho) Bonnar has been suspended one year after failing his drug test after UFC 153.

Bonnar, who suffered a TKO loss to Anderson (The Spider) Silva in Rio de Janeiro last month, tested positive for anabolic steroid Drostanolone. Heavyweight Dave (Pee Wee) Herman was also flagged for marijuana metabolites after his submission loss to Antonio Rodrigo (Minotauro) Nogueira.

Prior to his suspension, Bonnar announced his retirement from MMA. Both fighters have since admitted to using the banned substances. A decision on Herman will be made later this week.

Brazil is among the UFC’s regular stops that doesn’t have an athletic commission to carry out drug testing. In these situations, the organization hires an independent lab and the process is overseen by UFC vice-president of regulatory affairs Marc Ratner. Ratner used to serve as executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

All 24 fighters who competed at UFC 153 were tested for recreational and performance-enhancing drugs.

WHITE WILL WATCH, WAIT

UFC president Dana White doesn’t know what’s in store for the winner of the fight between Martin (Hitman) Kampmann and Johny (Bigg Rigg) Hendricks.

The 170-pound contenders meet in the co-main event of UFC 154 in Montreal on Nov. 17. The card is headlined by a welterweight belt unification match between champ Georges (Rush) St. Pierre and interim titleholder Carlos (Natural Born Killer) Condit.

Should St. Pierre defeat Condit, a super-fight with Anderson (The Spider) Silva could be in his future. But White admitted neither Kampmann or Hendricks is guaranteed a title shot.

“I have no idea,” White said on a recent conference call. “We have to see how this thing plays out.

“People are asking me, ‘Is the Anderson Silva fight happening after?’ I’ve said, ‘He’s got to beat Carlos Condit first.’ People are overlooking Carlos Condit and that’s a bad idea.”

It goes without saying the co-main event fighters are likely cheering on Condit. Should the New Mexico native defeat St. Pierre, his next fight would be a title defence.

“This fight between Georges St. Pierre and Anderson Silva is a pound-for-pound fight,” White said. “These guys have been No. 1 and No. 2 ... for the last few years.

“If Carlos Condit wins the fight, he’ll defend it against who’s next.”

HENDO TAKES VERBAL SHOT AT SONNEN

Though Dan (Hendo) Henderson will join Chael Sonnen’s coaching staff on the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter, he’s not about to bite his tongue regarding his teammate earning a shot at light-heavyweight champion Jon (Bones) Jones.

“I think it’s demeaning for the sport,” Henderson told Evolve MMA. “You have guys that are in line for a title shot and then someone else gets it. Doesn’t matter who it is, if they don’t deserve it, the sport loses a little bit of integrity when that happens.

“It only happens because of Chael having a big mouth, which is fine. It’s not Chael’s fault that he got the opportunity, but at the same time, I’m not the one to go out and talk s---. I want to earn it. I want to earn it the right way.”

Henderson was set to face Jones at UFC 151 in September, but backed out on short notice due to a partially torn MCL. Sonnen offered to step in, but Jones refused and the card was scrapped. The 205-pound champ then submitted Vitor Belfort at UFC 152 in Toronto later that month, but suffered strained elbow ligaments due to the Brazilian’s armbar attempt in the first round.

With Henderson still on the mend, Jones and Sonnen were paired up as coaches on TUF. They are set to faceoff in Newark, N.J., on Apr. 27.


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