Photo of the hard-hitting Joseph Benavidez via UFC.com.
UPDATE: At the post-fight press conference, Dana White revealed the scorecards in the McCall/Johnson fight were mishandled and the proper decision should have been a majority draw, which would have led to a sudden death fourth round. As it stands, the two flyweights will do battle once again in the coming months to decide who will face off against Benavidez.
Two former Bantamweight number one contenders, both of whom made the drop to Flyweight after losses to 135-pound champion Dominick Cruz, are set to meet for the first-ever Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 125-pound world title.
Demetrious Johnson and Joseph Benavidez were successful in their respect bouts this evening (March 2, 2012) at UFC on FX 2: "Alves vs. Kampann" from the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. It was the first leg of the promotion's four-man flyweight tournament, which will crown a champion upon its conclusion sometime later this year.
Johnson punched his ticket to the finals with a controversial split decision win over Ian McCall, who was widely regarded as the top-ranked 125-pound mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter in the world. "Mighty Mouse" used his quickness and crisp combinations to score big with two of the three ringside judges, handing "Uncle Creepy" his first loss in more than three years.
One that will likely be the hot topic of debate moving forward.
On the other side of the bracket, Benavidez absolutely steamrolled Yasuhiro Urushitani, connecting with a huge right hook early in the second stanza that dropped the former Shooto flyweight champion. Prior to the finish, Benavidez schooled Urushitani on the canvas with his excellent ground game.
No controversy here.
For a complete recap of the fight between Demetrious Johnson vs. Ian McCall click here. And to check out complete post-fight report on the bout between Joseph Benavidez vs. Yasuhiro Urushitani click here. Be sure to also check out our complete UFC on FX 2: "Alves vs. Kampmann" results post right here.