UFC on FX 3 Results: Johnson vs McCall
The main event of UFC on FX 3 did not disappoint, as Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson battled Ian "Uncle Creepy" McCall in the UFC flyweight tournament semi-finals in Sunrise, Florida. Read on for the results.
Johnson Decisions McCall
Demetrious Johnson who started the action by landing a double-leg takedown, followed by body shots. Ian "Uncle Creepy" McCall stood right back up to his feet, but appeared to be more flat-footed in the striking exchange. This allowed Johnson to work his strengths; speed and footwork. A huge right hand from "Mighty Mouse" rocked McCall and sent him to the canvas. Johnson tried to capitalize by taking his back, but Uncle Creepy proved slippery, with slick transitons.
It was McCall who came out with fire in his eyes in the second stanza, finding his range and closing the distance in the striking war. "Uncle Creepy" began by landing a takedown, which Johnson spun out of. He also landed a nice short uppercut, followed by a flurry of punches, but missed with a flying knee. "Uncle Creepy" scored a takedown of his own, but couldn't keep Johnson down. McCall did rush forward, landing smooth combinations and knees against the cage, as well as a nice spinning elbow.
Johnson sealed the deal in the final round. He couldn't capitalize on his best positions (he had McCall's back for a split second), but landed the cleaner strikes in addition to the takedown. Demetrious Johnson defeated Ian McCall by unanimous decision, 30-27, 29-28 and 29-28 on the judges' scorecard. Mighty Mouse will face Joseph Benavidez for the vacant flyweight title.
Silva Submits Brenneman
Erick "Indio" Silva lived up to the hype in the co-main event at UFC on FX 3, where he faced Charlie "The Spaniard" Brenneman. A former collegiate wrestler at Lock Haven University, Brenneman worked his takedowns, but Silva got back to his feet on multiple occasions, and eventually used a failed takedown attempt to take Brenneman's back and sing in a rear-naked choke, forcing Brenneman to tap with less than 30 seconds left in the first round.
Pyle KOs Neer
It took less than a round for former WEC champion Mike Pyle's nasty right hand to lay Josh Neer face-first into the canvas. Pyle landed a takedown, transitioned to side control, and found himself back on his feet. Neer worked punches against the bench. Two jabs and a right cross, and that's all she wrote--a win by KO with just 4 seconds left in the bout.
Wineland KOs Jorgensen
If Eddie Wineland had any ring rust from his 10 months outside of the cage, it certainly didn't show on Friday night. The former WEC bantamweight champion moved back into the win column by defeating Scott "Young Guns" Jorgensen in impressive fashion, handing him his first loss at the end of the second round. Wineland came back from an insane knee which opened up a nasty cut, showcased excellent footwork and put on a striking clinic, handing Wineland his first loss via stoppage--a feat which neither Dominick Cruz nor Renan Barao could accomplish.
Mike Pierce Decisions Carlos Eduardo "Ta Danada" Rocha
Mike Pierce did what he does best: grinding out a decision win vs. Rocha via superior wrestling, solid strikes, strong clinch work and old-fashioned ground and pound. One judge bizarrely called the bout 30-27 in favor of Rocha, but the other two called it 30-27 Pierce.
Seth "The Polish Pistola" Baczynski Decisions Lance Benoist
Bacyznski came out ahead in a close back and forth bout between the two welterweights. Two judges scored the fight 29-28 in favor of Bacyczynski, who landed more significant spikes, but like the Pierce/Rocha match, one judge called the fight 30-27 in favor of the loser.
Matt "The Real One" Grice Decisions Leonard "Bad Boy" Garcia
Matt Grice's wrestling was all it took to shut down Leonard Garcia's usually scrappy offense. "The Real One" used solid strikes to set down his takedowns, attempted a North/South choke in the first stanza, and landed a series of short elbows and heavy strikes from inside Garcia's guard. "Bad Boy" couldn't find his range, striking tentatively to avoid takedowns and ultimately finding himself on the losing end of a 30-27 decision.
Dustin "the Disciple" Pague Chokes Out Jared "the Jackhammer" Papazian
Dustin "the Disciple" Pague finally lived up to the hype, making short work of Papazian by landing a rear-naked choke just three minutes and 21 seconds into the first round of their bout. Pague worked a trip takedown from the Thai plum, landed in mount, transitioned to back mount after some ground and pound, got his hooks in, solidified a body lock, and it was all over for the man they call "the Jackhammer."
Tim "The Dirty Bird" Means TKOs Justin Salas
Power MMA product Tim Means put on a striking clinic, attacking Salas with heavy strikes, big knees and some ground and pround, until referee Chris Adams had seen enough; at the 1:06 mark of the first round. This marks the 13th of 18 wins for Means coming by KO or TKO.
Buddy Roberts Decisions Caio "Hellboy" Magalhaes
Buddy Roberts came out strong in his bout vs. Caio Magalhaes, showing a significant speed advantage and landing many combinations from his feet. Magalhaes worked for takedowns, but Roberts was able to scramble back up. Magalhaes also foiled many takedown attempts, outstriking the Brazilian en route to a decision victory. Magalhaes finally landed a solid takedown in the end of the 3rd round, but Roberts easily defended a leg lock attempt and worked his way back to the feet where he was again swinging for the fences, and notched his 6th consecutive win by unanimous decision.
In the two bouts airing on Facebook, Jackson's MMA representative Henry Martinez defeated Bernardo Magalhaes by decision via takedown defense, strikes and cage control, and Sean Pierson managed to keep Hecht at bay by landing a series of takedowns and crisp strikes and defending from the ground. Pierson won the first two rounds for a unanimous 29-28 decision victory.