The UFC returns to Seattle and FOX with UFC on FOX: Johnson vs. Moraga Saturday evening.
The event features a main event pitting UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson against John Moraga.
In the co-main, welterweight contenders Jake Ellenberger and Rory MacDonald battle it out.
FightLine.com main writer Dana Becker and staff writer Joseph Lisnow offer up their thoughts on those two bouts. And, as always, we will have complete coverage of the card.
Demetrious Johnson (c) vs. John Moraga for UFC flyweight championship
Dana Becker: John Moraga’s life story just makes you want to root for him. At the same time, Demetrious Johnson and his wife, Destiny, giving birth to a baby boy just days ago is also a feel-good story. Thankfully, none of that really matters once these two step inside the Octagon with the UFC flyweight title on the line. Look for “Mighty Mouse” to use his incredible speed and quickness. However, if Moraga can trap and keep Johnson pinned, he has the power to finish this one. John Moraga via second round TKO
Joseph Lisnow: The flyweights are still the toughest division to select. At bantamweight, there’s a little bit more tape on these two. John Moraga has shown how a flyweight ends fights, making a name for himself with stiff competition from RITC. Demetrious Johnson hasn’t had it easy, barely the leaving the winner several times. Lots of fist will be swung, but I don’t spot a highlight reel knockout. On the ground it goes to Moraga and standing Johnson. It’s really a guess here. Demetrious Johnson via decision
Jake Ellenberger vs. Rory MacDonald
Dana: To say these two do not like each other would be putting it mildly. Jake Ellenberger is closer to a title shot at the moment, as you would have to think Rory MacDonald is in no rush to face Georges St-Pierre. Also, he hasn’t defeated the caliber of welterweights as Ellenberger. That being said, a pissed off and mad “Ares” is a different individual. He has a scary look to him right now, and Ellenberger needs to play this one smart; use his wrestling and keep MacDonald on the mat. Rory MacDonald via first round TKO
Joseph: Rory MacDonald might be one of the nicest fighters to dislike. He’s great at drawing attention from the fans and can back it up inside the Octagon. If MacDonald can stay healthy for the long-haul and continues to train with Georges St-Pierre, in a year he could be champion as part of this new breed. Jake Ellenberger won’t make it easy for MacDonald, but he’s taking on the future of the welterweight division. It’s simply not Ellenberger’s time against someone training beside St-Pierre. Rory MacDonald via second round TKO