Johnson took the unheralded and overmatched Moraga down at will throughout their five round fight, using his nearly unmatched speed and agility to outstrike and outgrapple the challenger. Finally, at 3:43 of the final round, Johnson secured an armbar victory.
The entertaining main event capped a Fox card that was short on star power and that will likely do the lowest rating of all of the UFC events that have aired on the network.
Rory MacDonald and Jake Ellenberger delivered a dull semi-main event, one that I would not be at all surprised to see that actually lost viewers, following a couple of good fights to kick off the broadcast.
Main Card Results
Demetrious Johnson (UFC Flyweight Champion) vs. John Moraga
Round 1: Leg kick by Moraga after Johnson landed a body shot. Body kick by Moraga. Leg kick by Johnson. Moraga missed with an uppercut. Moraga tied Johnson up, but Johnson got a takedown from the clinch. Johnson moved from guard, to side control, to half-guard, before Moraga slipped away. He wasn't able to stand up, and Johnson grabbed a front facelock on the ground, which he turned into a guillotine attempt as the round ended.
Round 2: Big double-leg takedown from Johnson. Moraga threw a couple of elbows from the bottom. Johnson passed from guard to side control. He tried to go palm-to-palm for a choke, but Moraga used that attempt to set up a submission of his own. Johnson was briefly in trouble, but regained control on the ground. He took Moraga's back. Moraga got to his feet, but Johnson dragged him back to the ground. Moraga got back to his feet and was able to break away briefly, but Johnson got another huge takedown. He tried for a kimura and threw some shots from the top, but Moraga survived the round.
Round 3: Johnson got the better of two striking exchanges early. Another takedown by the champion. Johnson passed from guard to side control, then took Moraga's back. Johnson briefly had back mount before he lost the position and the fight returned to the feet. Moraga tied Johnson up against the fence, but Johnson turned it into another takedown. Johnson went for a kimura, but lost the position and Moraga was able to get the fight standing again. Moraga took Johnson down, but Johnson was back up quickly. Moraga showed some heart, but another round for the champ.
Round 4: Another early takedown by Johnson. Moraga turtled up and gave Johnson his back. Johnson allowed Moraga back to his feet, but landed a kick on the break. Johnson landed a knee, then scored another takedown. Moraga was back up quickly and they clinched against the fence. Johnson landed what appeared to be an illegal knee, but Moraga was able to slip away. Moraga landed a big right hand out of nowhere and followed up with a knee to the body, dazing the champion, but Johnson quickly got a takedown and survived the first real challenge he had faced all night.
Round 5: Leg kick by Johnson after Moraga failed to connect with a wild flurry. Johnson scored his tenth takedown of the fight and quickly passed form guard to side control. Moraga got back to his feet, but Johnson maintained control of his waist and dragged him back to the ground. Johnson passed to side control and used the threat of a kimura set up an armbar. He applied it and got the submission win.
Result: Demetrious Johnson defeated John Moraga via submission (armbar) at 3:43 of Round 5 to retain the UFC Flyweight Championship.
Rory MacDonald vs. Jake Ellenberger
Round 1: MacDonald landed a left hand. Left jab from MacDonald. Ellenberger had a kick checked. Macdonald landed another jab. Front kick by MacDonald. ellenberger tried to tie MacDonald up and throw a knee, but MacDonald slipped away. Ellenberger loaded up on a combination but did not land it cleanly. Double jab and a head kick thrown by MacDonald, but none landed cleanly. MacDonald with another jab. Ellenberger tried to tie up again, and again, MacDonald slipped away. Not the most exciting round, and the crowd let them hear it.
Round 2: MacDonald landed a front kick. Ellenberger took an attempted head kick on the arm. Another jab from MacDonald. Ellenberger landed a hook. MacDonald kept pawing with the jab, using it to control the distance. Ellenberger swung and missed with a left hook. Ellenberger shot for a double-leg, but MacDonald stuffed it and caught him with a shot on the break. Another swing and a miss from Ellenberger. Head kick by MacDonald, but it did not land cleanly. Ellenberger missed with a combination, as he continued to struggle with MacDonald's reach advantage. Another bad round, but another round for MacDonald.
Round 3: Body kick by MacDonald. MacDonald landed a body shot as Ellenberger pressed forward. Another jab by MacDonald. Ellenberger landed one of his few clean shots of the fight, but MacDonald followed with another of his own. MacDonald slipped, but Ellenberger could not capitalize. Ellenberger used the hook to set up a takedown attempt. He got the takedown with just under a minute left in the fight. MacDonald did a good job of controlling Ellenberger from the guard, and the fight ended. Bad fight.
Result: Rory MacDonald defeated Jake Ellenberger via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28).
Robbie Lawler vs. Bobby Voelker
Round 1: Lawler took Voelker down, but Voelker was back up quickly. Lawler landed some big knees from the clinch against the fence, as Voelker started bleeding. Voelker was able to escape the clinch. Lawler checked a head kick. Lawler landed one of his own. Voelker pawed at Lawler with the left hand, but landed nothing. Another head kick and a knee to the body from Lawler. Voelker landed a kick to the body. Lawler started bobbing and weaving and landing big shots standing. Lawler with a flying knee. His round, in a big way.
Round 2: Lawler landed a couple of shots standing, then knocked Voelker out with a head kick. He threw two shots on the ground before the referee could dive in to stop it.
Result: Robbie Lawler defeated Bobby Voelker via KO (head kick) at 0:24 of Round 2.
Liz Carmouche vs. Jessica Andrade
Round 1: A good exchange early led to Carmouche pushing Andrade into the fence. Carmouche took her down from the clinch and landed in side control. Andrade got back to her feet. Carmouche maintained the clinch. After a struggle that saw Andrade briefly take her neck, Carmouche scored another takedown. Carmouche passed from guard to side control. Andrade turned over, turtled up, got to her feet, grabbed Carmouche and slammed her to the mat. Andrade applied a choke that threatened to end the fight, but Carmouche lasted the round.
Round 2: Carmouche with an early takedown. She passed from guard, to side control to mount. She threw strikes that threatened to end the fight, but Andrade survived. Carmouche applied a choke, but Andrade did not tap. Finally, after another flurry of unanswered strikes from the mount, referee Herb Dean stopped the fight.
Result: Liz Carmouche defeated Jessica Andrade via TKO (strikes) at 3:57 of Round 2.
Jorge Masvidal def. Michael Chiesa via submission
Danny Castillo def. Tim Means via unanimous decision
Melvin Guillard def. Mac Danzig via KO
Daron Cruickshank def. Yves Edwards via split decision
Ed Herman def. Trevor Smith via split decision
Germaine de Randamie def. Julie Kedzie via split decision
Justin Salas def. Aaron Riley via split decision
Yaotzin Meza def. John Albert via submission