When Demetrious Johnson and Ian McCall fought to a draw on March 3, 2012 in Sydney, Australia at UFC on FX: "Alves vs. Kampmann," fans were to be treated to the first-ever sudden death round in Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) history.
Unfortunately, the draw was not announced until after the commission realized there had been an error on the scorecards and wrongly awarded Johnson the decision victory.
Now, the two flyweights will lock horns once again this Friday night (June 8, 2012) as they headline UFC on FX 3: "Johnson vs. McCall 2" from BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida to see who will advance to the finals to meet Joseph Benavidez to find out who will be crowned the promotions first-ever flyweight champion.
The three months since their original encounter have given both competitors a chance to look back and assess their performances in "The Land Down Under" and make corrections to their mixed martial arts (MMA) game to put them over the top. "Mighty Mouse," for one, has worked on what he says is his biggest weakness.
Check out what Demetrious had to say on the matter (via Bloody Elbow) after the jump:
"Well, I feel the advantage that he probably has is that we fought once before, so he knows how I fight and how my speed works. I have to be aware that he's dealt with me before, so I've got to go out there and show new stuff, show areas that he hasn't been before. I've got to be on top against him, so I can see how good his grappling is. My mind is like my biggest weakness. My coach always tells me that I can beat anybody in the world, and that the only thing that stops me is my mind. It's like my biggest enemy. This time, I think I've got my mind in check. I always try to go out there and fight the perfect fight, and I forget that it's an actual fight. If you're in the bar and about to fight someone, you can't be like, 'Hold up. Let me get my footwork together. Let me get my hand wraps on.' This time I'll use my athletic ability, my reactions and my eight weeks of training camp. I was trying to fight without making mistakes. I wasn't really going for the kill. In MMA, if you make a mistake, you're going to be done for. This is a winner's sport. If you make a huge mistake, you're going to pay a price for it. Sometimes I will let myself go in the last round, but this time I'm ready to go out there and leave it all in the Octagon."
With his mind in check, Johnson feels he has enough to defeat "Uncle Creepy" and put the whole scoring error debacle behind him. Or does he? Let's not forget McCall wants to prove he deserved to get the nod in the first place and be the one to vie for the strap.
In any case, if their first bout was any indication of what the rematch will be like, we are in store for a treat.
What's your take Maniacs, who will prevail the victor this time around and challenge "Joe B-Wan Kenobi" for the promotions 125-pound title, Johnson or McCall?