UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Bader

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UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Bader
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The poster for UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Bader.
PromotionUltimate Fighting Championship
DateJanuary 30, 2016 (2016-01-30)
VenuePrudential Center
CityNewark, New Jersey
Total gate$818,000[1]
Event chronology
UFC Fight Night: Dillashaw vs. Cruz UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Bader UFC Fight Night: Hendricks vs. Thompson

UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Bader (also known as UFC on Fox 18) was a mixed martial arts event held on January 30, 2016, at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.[2]


The event was headlined by a potential UFC Light Heavyweight Championship title eliminator bout between Anthony Johnson and The Ultimate Fighter: Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir winner Ryan Bader.[2]

A welterweight bout between former Strikeforce Welterweight Champion Tarec Saffiedine and Jake Ellenberger was originally booked as the main event of UFC Fight Night: Saffiedine vs. Lim on January 4, 2014 and later as part of UFC 172 on April 26, 2014. However, the bout was cancelled both times due to Ellenberger having a hamstring injury [3] and Saffiedine pulling out due to an undisclosed injury, respectively.[4] The fight was later rescheduled for this event.[5]

Joaquim Silva was expected to face Olivier Aubin-Mercier at this event. However, on December 23, Silva was forced to pull out due to injury and was replaced by Carlos Diego Ferreira.[6]

Andrew Holbrook was expected to face Sage Northcutt in a lightweight bout at this event. However, on January 22, Holbrook was pulled out of the fight due to injury and was replaced by Bryan Barberena. The bout took place at welterweight.[7]

On March 11, it was announced that Felipe Olivieri was notified of a potential anti-doping policy violation due to a positive test for methyltestosterone stemming from an out-of-competition sample in Brazil, before the event. Oliveiri stated he never used any illegal substance, and will ask for the B-sample to be tested.[8]


Main Card (Fox)
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Light Heavyweight Anthony Johnson def. Ryan Bader KO (punches) 1 1:26
Heavyweight Ben Rothwell def. Josh Barnett Submission (guillotine choke) 2 3:48
Bantamweight Jimmie Rivera def. Iuri Alcântara Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
Welterweight Bryan Barberena def. Sage Northcutt Submission (arm-triangle choke) 2 3:06
Preliminary Card (Fox Sports 1)
Welterweight Tarec Saffiedine def. Jake Ellenberger Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
Lightweight Carlos Diego Ferreira def. Olivier Aubin-Mercier Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 30–27) 3 5:00
Middleweight Rafael Natal def. Kevin Casey TKO (punches) 3 3:37
Flyweight Wilson Reis def. Dustin Ortiz Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Welterweight Alexander Yakovlev def. George Sullivan KO (punch) 1 3:59
Featherweight Alex Caceres def. Masio Fullen Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Welterweight Randy Brown def. Matt Dwyer Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
Featherweight Damon Jackson vs. Levan Makashvili Draw (majority) (29–27, 28–28, 28–28) 3 5:00 [a]
Lightweight Anthony Rocco Martin def. Felipe Olivieri Technical Submission (rear-naked choke) 3 3:02
  1. ^ Makashvili was deducted one point in round 3 due to an illegal knee and eye poke.


Bonus awards[edit]

The following fighters were awarded $50,000 bonuses:[10]

  • Fight of the Night: Jimmie Rivera vs. Iuri Alcântara
  • Performance of the Night: Anthony Johnson and Ben Rothwell

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Staff (January 30, 2016). "UFC on FOX 18 draws announced attendance of 10,555 for $818k live gate". mmajunkie.com.
  2. ^ a b Thomas Gerbasi (2015-11-04). "UFC returns to Newark for FOX show in Jan". ufc.com. Retrieved 2015-11-04.
  3. ^ Dave Doyle (2013-11-30). "Jake Ellenberger reveals hamstring injury forced him out of UFC Fight Night 34". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2016-01-29.
  4. ^ Staff (2014-03-28). "With Saffiedine injured, Ellenberger vs. Lawler booked for UFC 173". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-01-29.
  5. ^ Marc Raimondi (2015-11-04). "Jake Ellenberger vs. Tarec Saffiedine added to UFC on FOX 18". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2016-01-29.
  6. ^ Staff (2015-12-23). "UFC on FOX 18 gets two new bouts, one injury replacement". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-12-23.
  7. ^ Staff (2016-01-22). "Andrew Holbrook out, Bryan Barberena meets Sage Northcutt at UFC on FOX 18". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-01-22.
  8. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2016-03-11). "Felipe Olivieri flagged for potential USADA anti-doping violation". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2016-03-11.
  9. ^ "UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Bader". Ultimate Fighting Championship. Retrieved 2015-11-04.
  10. ^ Staff (2016-01-30). "UFC on FOX 18 bonuses: Jimmie Rivera, Iuri Alcantara cash in for 'Fight of the Night'". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-01-30.