By Josh Reese
The only fight that matters today is the flyweight bout between Ian McCall (11-2-1) and Demetrious Johnson (14-2-1). If you don’t remember the last fight ended in a majority draw. It was suppose to go one more round, but due to a scoring error it was ruled Johnson won originally till it was changed at the press conference. Joseph Benavidez (16-2) beat Yasuhiro Urushitani (19-5-6) in the 1st half of the flyweight tournament and was suppose to take on the winner but was forced to wait due to the error.
Johnson before his debut at flyweight was a very good bantamweight and had a shot at the championship belt against Dominic Cruz but lost via a unanimous decision. He got a win against top contender Miguel Torres and finished (1-1-1) in his last three fights. Johnson is considered one of the quickest fighters and uses his superior movement to keep push the pace. He may not have the best strength or the best submissions but you can count on him not to get knocked out or not to tap, he can grid out a win if he has too.
McCall like Johnson also has a loss to bantamweight champ Cruz although his loss came in the WEC and not for the belt, the fight did end the same way, via unanimous decision. Before his draw his two previous fights were wins in Tachi Palace Fights with a win against Dustin Ortiz via unanimous decision and a win against Darrell Montague for the TPF flyweight belt winning with a rear naked choke in the third round. The uber tough McCall uses his Jiu-Jitsu skills and when on the ground is able to shine while using his ground and pound.
The winner will take on Joseph Benavidez for the organizations first ever flyweight belt and could have a nose up in the fight. As the winner will have fought a top 5 flyweight twice and Benavidez will becoming off a long layoff.