June 8, 2012; Sunrise, FL, USA; Demetrious Johnson (left) greets Ian McCall (right) after Johnson won during their UFC bout at BankAtlantic Center. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE
The main event of UFC on FX 3: "Johnson vs. McCall," which took place tonight (Fri., June 8, 2012) in Sunrise, Florida, featured a rematch of a hotly contested flyweight tournament battle that saw a scoring snafu ruin what was an absolute war between Demetrious Johnson and Ian McCall.
The two fought to a draw back at UFC on FX 2 back on March 3 in Australia but because of an error made by the commission, it was originally announced that Johnson had won. Once it was later revealed to be a mistake, the rematch was set and it went down tonight.
Unbelievably enough, the fight played out almost exactly like the first one, with Johnson clearly winning the first round and McCall clearly winning the second. The third was close but ultimately, Johnson pulled out a unanimous decision victory by scores of 29-28, 30-27, and 29-28.
The flyweight tournament has its finalists -- Demetrious Johnson vs. Joseph Benavidez.
It's all about speed with the little guys and these two are perhaps the fastest in the world. Johnson worked kicks early, both high and low, but ultimately ended up pushing McCall against the fence and earning a double leg takedown before backing out.
Get in, get points, get out.
McCall answered by baiting Johnson into exchanges. It didn't work out well, though, as "Mighty Mouse" knocked him flat with a big shot to the nose about halfway through the opening round.
It got exciting quick, with plenty of reversals and counter shots from both men. Johnson had the edge, though, and no different than the first fight, he took round one.
McCall came out fast looking for a takedown on the advice of his corner. He got it, too, but Johnson managed to get back to his feet rather quickly. "Uncle Creepy" started landing clean, turning the tide in his favor. Then he landed a nut shot that stopped the action.
Once they restarted, McCall again busted his hump to get another takedown. And, like before, he was successful, scoring crucial points in yet another close fight. Just to punctuate his attack, McCall executed a slam for another takedown.
Johnson stayed busy, pushing in with offense of his own as the round wound down. Just to be sure it would be scored his way, McCall ended the round with a trip takedown.
All tied headed to the third.
Johnson initiated a clinch early in the final frame, but McCall was quick to break free. All that just so he could pressure Demetrious against the cage with superior position. Nonetheless, Johnson gained momentum with a huge takedown against the fence, which allowed McCall to get back to his feet.
Still, crucial points late in a close fight.
Johnson tagged McCall a few times but McCall landed a big knee on Johnson. Through each exchange, McCall was in pursuit of a trip or a throw while Johnson was getting in and out with punches. It certainly seemed to be in favor of the former bantamweight title challenger but you just never know with these things.
As the horn sounded, the referee told each fighter's corner to prepare as though they would need the sudden victory round. After they did so, they were told a decision had been reached.
And now Johnson will meet Joseph Benavidez in the flyweight tournament final to crown the first ever 125-pound champion in UFC history.