UFC on FX 3 Preview

In March 2012 the UFC on FX 2 featured the debut of a new class of fighters in the UFC as the Flyweights began their championship tournament. The tournament would be a first for the UFC as they would decide the first ever Flyweight Champion through a four fighter tournament. Joseph Benavidez, Yasuhiro Urushitani, Demetrious Johnson, and Ian McCall would all face off to determine who the champion would be. In the first fight Joseph Benavidez beat Yasuhiro Urushitani via TKO to earn his spot in the finals and a shot at the title. In the second fight Demetrious Johnson took on Ian McCall for the second spot and after an all out battle that was fairly close the fight went to the judges, always a dangerous situation. The fight looked to be extremely close that almost nobody could really predict. Then the announcement came in from the judges that the fight ended in a Split Decision Win for Johnson. Later that night the result changes as the judges had not added their scores correctly and the result was actually a Majority Decision for Johnson. Just as it seemed that Johnson would be moving to the title shot the decision was changed again to a Majority Draw. The draw meant that there would be no winner of the fight and neither McCall nor Johnson would be moving on to a title shot. As there was a draw the two would need to fight again to determine who would take on Joseph Benavidez for the first ever Flyweight title. Demetrious Johnson and Ian McCall are very close in their skill level as determined by their first fight that was too close to call. Johnson is a speed specialist as he has been one of the fastest fighters in the Bantamweight division. With the introduction of the Flyweight Division Johnson dropped down in weight to enter a better class for him. The drop would have made Johnson one of the bigger Flyweights but instead he just seemed normal size, if not small, in his debut at UFC on FX 2. With this size Johnson is able to dart around the octagon and make people miss which is what he attempted to do against Ian McCall in their last fight. Johnson also has great technique but little power as he is able to land a lot of punches although he lacks knockout power. Ian McCall on the other hand has that ability to KO his opponents although the lights of the UFC octagon seemed to send him back in his debut fight. McCall came into the UFC as the consensus #1 Flyweight in the world and was looking to show that at his natural weight in the UFC. Against Johnson McCall seemed to be in shock to start the fight as he did not seem like the better fighter. Then he snapped into the fight and showed his ability in a fight that some believe he won but that ended in a draw. McCall, like Johnson, is a fast fighter but he has the ability to ground and pound his opponents to finish fights. McCall’s abilities have continued to make him one of the best fighters in the Flyweight division and when he faces Johnson this week he will attempt to prove that. Overall it seems that McCall is still the better fighter but Johnson has proven that he can hang with the best. I expect McCall to win this fight via unanimous decision in what should be another close fight.

Before the Flyweight picture is settled the middleweights will face off in a battle of two fighters looking to move up a level. Erick Silva and Charlie Brenneman are both in the middle of the division but this fight will be their attempt to move up. Silva seems closer to this rise up a level as he is simply in the middle of the division thanks to a very controversial loss in his last fight. In his last fight Silva took on Carlo Prater and seemed to dominate the fight. After putting Prater on the mat Silva looked to finish the fight with strikes. As Prater covered up there was not a lot of room for Silva to land some solid punches and so he began to catch Prater on the back of the head. After a warning by the referee Silva continued to try to land solid punches but the fight was stopped after the referee claimed Silva had not listened to his warning. With the loss Silva could not climb up the division ladder and had a loss, that many said should never have happened, to hurt him. This week he will take on UFC veteran Charlie Brenneman who has been in the middle of the division for years and will look to use this fight to begin another climb up the ladder. Both fighters are looking to move through the division and this fight will be their start if they can win.

 

Fight Card:

Main Event:

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

 

Main Card:

Erick Silva vs. Charlie “The Spaniard” Brenneman (Sportsnet)

 

Mike “Quicksand” Pyle vs. Josh “The Dentist” Neer (Sportsnet)

 

Eddie Wineland vs. Scott “Young Guns” Jorgensen (Sportsnet)

 

Undercard:

Mike Pierce vs. Carlos Eduardo “Ta Danado” Rocha (Sportsnet)

 

Seth “Polish Pistola” Baczynski vs. Lance Benoist (Sportsnet)

 

Leonard “Bad Boy” Garcia vs. Matt “The Real One” Grice (Sportsnet)

 

Dustin “The Disciple” Pague vs. Jared “The Jackhammer” Papazian (Sportsnet)

 

Tim “The Dirty Bird” Means vs. Justin “J-Bomb” Salas (Sportsnet)

 

Buddy Roberts vs. Caio “Hellboy” Magalhaes (Sportsnet)

 

Henry “Sicario” Martinez vs. Bernardo “Trekko” Magalhaes (Facebook)

 

Jake “The Hitman” Hecht vs. Sean “The Punisher” Pierson (Facebook)

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One Response to “UFC on FX 3 Preview”
  1. jumpingpolarbear says:

    Can’t wait for the Eric Silva match. That guy is going to be champion soon!

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