UFC on FX 2 Preview

The UFC has continued to expand their fighting roster with more and more fighters and more weight classes. This was true late last year when Dana White introduced the new Flyweight class that would bring in another lighter weight class. The Flyweight division would be made up of 125 lbs fighters as the UFC continues to add more fighters to improve their talent. UFC on FX will feature this new weight class for the first time and even though it is not the main event it will take the most focus. Thiago Alves and Martin Kampmann will be the main event but the focus will be on the first ever UFC Flyweight Tournament. Four fighters will enter the octagon for the first time at 125 lbs as they fight in the semi-finals of the tournament. The winners will move on to the title fight and a chance at winning the first ever UFC Flyweight title. First up Demetrious Johnson who will take on Ian McCall and the in the second semi-final Joseph Benavidez will take on Yasuhiro Urushitani. Demetrious Johnson was one of the top Bantamweight fighters in the UFC even earning a title fight against Dominick Cruz. Johnson came in to the UFC during the WEC merger and since entering the UFC as a Bantamweight has gone 2-1 with his one loss against Bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz. Johnson has made an impact in the UFC already with his great speed conditioning and he will try to make more of an impact as he looks to become the first Flyweight Champion. To do that he will need to first beat Ian McCall who will be making his UFC debut. As a member of the WEC McCall fought some of the best light fighters in MMA but did not make the move to the UFC after the merger. He moved on to smaller shows and will come into the UFC on a four fight win streak. A good ground and pound artist McCall is also known for his endless pace and will try to make an impact in the UFC. Johnson and McCall will be a fast paced fight that is sure to thrill the crowd. Overall Johnson seems to be the more experienced in the UFC already having a title fight and experiencing the top of the MMA world. McCall is a bit of a wild card but has proven that he knows how to win fights the big question could be if he can perform on the biggest stage. Expect a full three rounds in this semi-final with a win by Johnson in a split decision. With one Semi-Final done another familiar face will take on a newcomer as Joseph Benavidez will take on Yasuhiro Urushitani. Joseph Benavidez will make his third appearance in the UFC as he will try to continue his three fight win streak. Benavidez had much the same path as Demetrious Johnson as he joined the UFC with the WEC merger but unlike Johnson did not get a title shot. He was on his way when the UFC added the Flyweight division. Now he is one step away from a different title shot in the new flyweight division. Benavidez is much like most other fighters with great speed and stamina but his biggest X-Factor is training with Team Alpha Male that produces some of the best lighter fighters in the UFC. With training partners like Urijah Faber, Chad Mendes, TJ Dillashaw, and Danny Castillo, Benavidez has some of the best light fighter to train with that could give him an edge. He will need this edge as he will take on veteran fighter Yasuhiro Urushitani who will continue his long career by entering the UFC for the first time. Urushitani has fought in almost every promotion in Japan but has spent most of his time in Shooto. The 35-year-old will finally make it to the big show with the new weight class as he looks to finish off his career as the UFC champion. Urushitani is a rare light fighter who has some big power. He is currently riding a 5 fight win streak where 3 of the 5 wins came by TKO or KO. Urushitani will try to bring this power to the Flyweight division and provide some excitement in the lighter weight classes. Benavidez has the advantage on training partners but Urushitani has fought in enough fights to see the best of the best. Urushitani seems to be on a great path leading to this fight and looks to win the fight as he will earn the TKO victory in round 3. With the Flyweight tournament starting the main card will be the main focus of UFC on FX with four fighters beginning their path to the first UFC Flyweight championship.

With a lot of focus on the Flyweight tournament the main event may take a back seat but it still promises to be a great fight. Thiago Alves will take on Martin Kampmann in Australia as the two heavy-handed middleweights try to move up the division. Thiago Alves knows what it is like to move up the rankings in the welterweight division after making it to the top of the division in 2009. He did not stay long though as he lost to Georges St. Pierre in the title fight and began to fall down the rankings. Losses to Jon Fitch and Rick Story have hurt Alves’s climb back to the top but he will try to string together more wins with this fight. Coming off of an impressive submission win over Papy Abedi has put Alves back on track and adding Martin Kampmann to the list of wins will only help the Brazilian. Meanwhile Martin Kampmann has seen his share of title runs but has yet to finish the run off with a title fight. Winning his first five fights Kampann seemed on the fast track to a title shot but was beat by Nate Marquardt sending him down the rankings again. Since then it has been up and down with Kampmann stringing wins together but never enough to earn a shot at the top of the division. Coming off of a Split Decision win against Rick Story Kampmann will look to put two wins together as he looks to climb up the ladder again. Neither fighter will earn a title shot if they win with the welterweight division jumbled at the top. A win will be the start of a serious title run though as winning this fight could go a long way to getting the top contender spot when the top of the division clears out. Both fighters have good ground game but also have devastating power that makes this fight an even one that is sure to excite the Australian crowd. Although they may not be the main focus they will try to take the focus by putting on a great fight.

 

Fight Card:

 

Main Event:

Thiago “Pitbull” Alves vs. Martin “The Hitman” Kampann (Sportsnet/FX)

 

Main Card:

Joseph Benavidez vs. Yasuhiro Urushitani [Flyweight Tournament] (Sportsnet/FX)

 

Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson vs. Ian “Uncle Creepy” McCall [Flyweight Tournament] (Sportsnet/FX)

 

Court “The Crusher” McGee vs. Constantinos “Costa” Philippou (Sportsnet/FX)

 

Undercard:

James Te Huna vs. Aaron Rosa (Facebook)

 

Anthony “The Hippo” Perrosh vs. Nick “The Quiet Assasin” Penner (Facebook)

 

Cole “Magrinho” Miller vs. Steven “Super” Siler (Facebook)

 

Kyle Noke vs. Andrew Craig (Facebook)

 

TJ Waldburger vs. Jake “The Hitman” Hecht (Facebook)

 

Mackens “Da Menace” Semerzier vs. Daniel “The Pit” Pineda (Facebook)

 

Oli Thompson vs. Shawn “The Savage” Jordan (Facebook)

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One Response to “UFC on FX 2 Preview”
  1. jumpingpolarbear says:

    It is going to be a great card. Love the Australian fans too :).

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