June 8, 2012; Sunrise, FL, USA; Demetrious Johnson (right) fights against Ian McCall (left) during their UFC bout at BankAtlantic Center. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE
It was a rematch mixed martial arts (MMA) fans had been looking forward to since the first time it went down, when Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) flyweights Demetrious Johnson and Ian McCall fought to a controversial draw at UFC on FX 2 in Sydney, Australia, on March 3, 2012.
The controversy stemmed from the fight originally being called in favor of Johnson, but later overturned because of a scoring error, and was determined to be a draw.
A mere three months later, "Mighty Mouse" and "Uncle Creepy" went at it again, when the two exchanged leather at UFC on FX 3 in Sunrise, Fla., on Fri., June 8, 2012.
It was everything we'd been hoping for -- and then some. The fight had all the action, fast pace and crazy transitions that we saw in the first fight. Also like the first fight, Johnson had his hand raised at the end, only this time, it was the real deal.
After the jump, we'll take a closer look at what the immediate future holds for Demetrious Johnson:
The rematch was very similar to the original in that Johnson came out early as the aggressor, winning the first round with his speed and unpredictability.
In the second round, McCall was able to find his timing and distance, as well as to score several big takedowns. It was a close round, but more than likely, it should have gone to McCall.
The third and final round was the difference, in that Johnson finished what he started. He outstruck McCall, kept him off guard, continued applying pressure and did just enough to eek out the round and the decision win.
It was a big win for Johnson, who admitted during his post-fight interview that McCall is easily the toughest guy he's ever fought in the UFC. Now, with this chapter of the story behind him, Johnson can finally get rid of the asterisk and rightfully proclaim himself to be the better man.
Bragging rights are nice. Don't get me wrong. After fighting to a draw, last time, certainly there was huge satisfaction in coming out on top this go-round.
But, it's about more than that. It's about the belt.
The next stop for Johnson will be no easy task. He will be taking on a very tough Joseph Benavidez, who has essentially been on the shelf since his technical knockout win over Yasuhiro Urushitani at UFC on FX 2.
With Benavidez and Johnson, you've got two fighters who both believe that this is their anointing. They both had been waiting for a long time for the UFC to finally unveil its Flyweight division, and the circumstances are very similar.
Benavidez has always known that flyweight is where he belongs, but with the UFC not having had that weight class available, he had no choice but to be somewhat a fish out of water in the Bantamweight division. Johnson protested the move down to flyweight for years. When asked about a move down, in interviews, Johnson almost seemed irritated by the question. He always seemed content to stay at 135 pounds, regardless of whether or not the UFC ever opened up a flyweight division or not.
Luckily, due to the prodding of UFC President Dana White and people close to him, "Mighty Mouse" finally caved when he received the call and the offer to fight in the promotion's inaugural flyweight tournament.
Now, all that history culminates into one moment, when the two fighters will collide, each hoping to be the man with his hand raised in the air and the UFC's first ever Flyweight Championship belt wrapped around his waist.
It certainly looks to be a very intriguing bout between two evenly matched fighters.
Who are you Maniacs picking in this one? Will Joseph Benavidez remain flawless in his UFC flyweight career? Or will Johnson prove that this really is his weight class?