Title shot for Johnson
Date: 2012-06-10 00:00:00
Submitted By: Come Get You Some
SUNRISE, Fla. - After Demetrious Johnson and Ian McCall squared off for the second time in 2012, there was no doubting the result this time. Johnson defeated Ian McCall at UFC on FX 3 in a rematch Friday, earning him a chance to fight for the new 125-pound title. Johnson (15-2-1) earned a unanimous decision against McCall (11-3-1) after three rounds and will meet Joseph Benavidez for the title. “It’s good man. I got that moustache out of my life,” said Johnson, referring to McCall's famous facial hair, which resembles something out of a Wild West movie. The victory should provide some vindication for Johnson, who was awarded scores of 29-28, 29-28 and 30-27 from the judges on Friday. At a UFC card in Australia in March, Johnson was awarded the decision against McCall only to find out later that the judges' scores were mistabulated and the bout was a draw. “I made a couple mistakes but I was able to get back to my feet where I'm strong and keep my balance and just let my hands go and just believe in my coaches,” said Johnson. In the co-main event, Brazilian welterweight Erick Silva earned the biggest win of his career, submitting Charlie Brenneman at 4:33 of the first round. “I was landing a few good shots on him, but I did not feel anything that he was throwing at me,” said Silva, adding that because of strong preparation, he wasn’t worried about Brenneman’s wrestling. “I knew to set my defense low to prepare for his strikes and I was able to capitalize and turn it into a submission victory.” Mike Pyle knocked out Josh Neer in a welterweight bout with a right hand to the jaw at 4:56 of the first round. “The fight definitely went the way I wanted it to go. He was definitely tougher than I thought he was and he let me know it a few times. We were trading some good blows and I got tired of making him look good,” said Pyle. “I tried to throw some shots just to get him away from me and reset myself, but those shots ended up putting him out.” In a hard-hitting bantamweight bout, Eddie Wineland knocked out Scott Jorgensen at 4:10 of the second round. “Once he realized he couldn’t take me down, it became a test of who would drop first. We’re out there throwing bombs the way we do, making fireworks, and it was only a matter of time before someone goes down,” said Wineland. “I’m glad I was the one still standing at the end of this one.” Among the undercard bouts, Toronto native Sean Pierson made a case for earning a spot on the company’s next event in his home city, scoring a unanimous decision against Jake Hecht. Pierson had lost his previous two fights but found his form against Hecht. “I really wanted to push the pace with him to test him there. He was definitely a better wrestler than I thought, but I felt like I countered it well with my jiu-jitsu," said Pierson, adding that the win couldn’t have come at a better time. UFC 152 is scheduled for Toronto in September. “All I can think about right now is getting on the upcoming Toronto card that (UFC president) Dana (White) announced a few months ago. That’s my hometown and I want to be on that card so bad for my fans in Ontario.” FIGHT NOTES: White announced major plans for a pair of Canadian cards later this year. According to published reports, White – in a scrum following the post-fight press conference – confirmed rumours that a heavyweight title bout between champion Junior dos Santos and No. 1 contender Cain Velasquez is planned for UFC 152 in Toronto on Sept. 22. Also expected for that card, said White, is a co-main event between fast-rising Canadian welterweight Rory MacDonald and former lightweight and welterweight champion BJ Penn. White also announced that UFC 154, in Montreal on Nov. 17, is expected to feature a unification bout between the returning welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and interim champion Carlos Condit, along with a showdown of top contenders Martin Kampmann and Johny Hendricks … Announced attendance was 6,635 paying a live gate of $329,110 … Four fighters received bonus cheques of $40,000: Wineland and Jorgensen for fight of the night, Pyle for knockout of the night, and Silva for submission of the night.