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Demetrious ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson successfully defended his flyweight championship for the second time Saturday night in his hometown of Seattle. Johnson submitted John Morago with an armbar in the fifth round of the UFC on Fox 8 main event at Key Arena.

Johnson cashed tickets as a -450 favorite. Bettors taking ‘over’ 4.5 rounds (-235) were winners.

Johnson was in control from start to finish, using his superior speed to execute repeated takedowns. Morago was able to floor Johnson with a big punch in Round 4, but he couldn’t capitalize.

Johnson was easily on his way to victory before forcing Moraga to tap with 17 seconds remaining. He took home an extra $50,000 for Submission of the Night honors.

Proposition bets for Johnson to win by submission and to garner Submission of the Night paid out high returns of +700 and +1150, respectively.

In the co-main event, Rory MacDonald and Jake Ellenberger produced a 15-minute snoozer. With a potential shot at the welterweight title at stake, neither man gave a quality account of himself. I felt like it was the most disappointing fight of 2013, especially when considering how much trash both men talked.

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MacDonald was able to consistently land his jab and that proved to be the difference in a unanimous-decision victory (30-27 twice, 29-28) as a -220 ‘chalk.’ VegasInsider.com scored it 29-28 for MacDonald. However, the Seattle crowd spent the final two rounds showering the fighters with boos.

UFC President Dana White wasn’t happy, either, and he made it clear that MacDonald didn’t earn a title shot against the winner of Georges St. Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks.

Both fighters were hesitant and unwilling to engage. Ellenberger was able to land a left hook that caused MacDonald’s nose to bleed a little late in the first round, but ‘The Juggernaut’ never even attempted to mount any sort of sustained offense.

MacDonald was satisfied with staying on the outside and peppering Ellenberger with occasional jabs. He improved to 6-1 in the UFC and 15-1 overall, but there really wasn’t a true winner in the co-main event.

Robbie Lawler improved to 2-0 in his second tour of duty in the UFC by defeating Bobby Voelker. Lawler dominated the first round and then landed a head kick early in the second to earn the TKO as a -325 favorite.

Bettors backing ‘over’ 1.5 rounds at a -165 price cashed tickets.

Lawler’s head kick landed right on the money and floored Voelker. He followed up with a right hand before the referee intervened.

Lawler looked fast and explosive. Unlike MacDonald and Ellenberger, Lawler looked like a true contender. Don’t be surprised if he moves up a few spots from his No. 9 slot in the welterweight rankings. A fight against MacDonald could be next.

Liz Carmouche opened up the main card on Fox by capturing a second-round TKO win over 21-year-old Jessica Andrade as a -600 favorite. Carmouche earned her first UFC victory by finishing the bout in ground-and-pound fashion.

Jorge Masvidal bounced Michael Chiesa from the unbeaten ranks with a second-round submission in a lightweight showdown. Chiesa won the opening round and nearly finished the fight after flooring Masvidal and following up with ground-and-pound punishment.

But Masvidal weathered the storm and landed several big shots to the body late in Round 1. Those body shots seemed to change the momentum of the fight. Nearly a minute into Round 2, Masvidal threatened to submit Chiesa with a guillotine choke before the TUF 16 winner was able to slip out.

Masvidal forced Chiesa to tap with just one second remaining in the second stanza. He won for the fifth time in six outings as a -280 favorite. Madsival’s only loss during this stretch came against Gilbert Melendez under the Strikeforce banner.

Danny Castillo won a unanimous decision (29-28 three times) over Tim Means thanks to five takedowns. ‘Last Call’ got the victory as a -250 favorite. Means had taken the fight on short notice (two weeks) and wasn’t happy with the judges.

Melvin Guillard went into his lightweight bout versus Mac Danzig having lost four of his last five fights. In his first Octagon appearance since leaving the Blackzilians camp in South Florida, Guillard returned to form with a vintage second-round knockout.

Guillard hooked up his backers as a -135 favorite, while ‘over’ 1.5 rounds was a winner (-130). ‘The Young Assassin’ passed B.J. Penn for the most career KOs (seven) in the history of the 155-pound division. He also tied Jim Miller for the most career lightweight victories (11).

The New Orleans product floored Danzig with a huge left hook and then pounced on him. Danzig tried to defend but several bombs got through. Guillard finished with a series of vicious hammer fists, knocking Danzig out cold with the next-to-last one.

Guillard, who improved to 31-12-2 with one no-contest, won KO of the Night honors. 5Dimes had him with +650 odds to win the KO bonus.

Jason Floyd of the themmareport.com told VI that he “could see [Guillard] getting Daron Cruickshank in his next fight.

Cruickshank collected a split-decision win (30-27, 27-30, 30-27) over Yves Edwards as a -145 favorite. VI had it 29-28 for Cruickshank.

Ed Herman won a split decision (30-27, 27-30, 29-28) over Trevor Smith in a three-round slugfest. Herman hooked up his backers as a -200 ‘chalk,’ while ‘over’ 1.5 rounds was a winner at a -150 price. VI had it 29-28 for Herman.

Both fighters had each other hurt multiple times in an action-packed opening stanza. Smith landed several huge lefts and at least a dozen knees to the body, but Herman landed more strikes and opened up a cut under Smith’s eye late in the first round.

This match earned Fight of the Night honors. 5Dimes had this bout with incredible 35/1 odds to take the Fight of the Night bonus.

In the opener of the FX portion of the card, Germaine de Randamie and Julie Kezie made their UFC debuts in a women’s bantamweight bout. De Randamie won a split decision over Julie Kedzie as a -175 favorite.

Justin Sales defeated Aaron Riley by split decision as a -240 favorite. The ‘over’ (2.5 rounds) was a winner at a -130 price.

The first of 12 fights was a featherweight scrap that netted a pair of nice payouts for gamblers, as Yaotzin Meza defeated John Albert by rear naked choke as a +200 underdog. Gamblers backing ‘under’ 2.5 rounds cashed a +165 winner.

The favorites dominated the card with an 11-1 record.

  
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