Ian McCall is the number one Flyweight in MMA for a reason.
He presents speed, footwork, strong technical striking, and submission awareness like none other.
Plus his pace is so fast that not even Jussier da Silva—formerly the premier fighter at 125 pounds aside from fellow outsider Yasuhiro Urushitani—could match it.
The wide belief is that Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson, who, with his foe for Friday, shares a distinction of a loss to UFC Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz, has just the pace to match McCall in a Flyweight contest.
We already knew from the WEC days that Johnson has the wrestling, the submission mastery, and the striking needed to topple some of the best of the best. We had it figured that Johnson wasn't likely to beat Cruz at UFC on Versus 6 only because of how undersized he was for 135.
In that respect, he's not so unique from McCall—who also lost his "0" to a submission from Charlie Valencia—nor is he much different from fellow "Flyweight-at-Bantamweight" Joseph Benavidez, whose only two career losses came in close bouts with Cruz.
Whose pace will be too much for the other to overcome?
Depends on who you have winning when this one is all said and done. Just know that with the Flyweight bouts getting "sudden victory" rounds, both of them are likely to be tougher fights than expected, and if they do hit the sudden victory rounds, McCall could take the hardest-fought win of his career on the UFC stage.
Winner: Ian McCall by unanimous decision (Split Draw after 3—McCall 29-28, Johnson 29-28, and 27-27 even; McCall wins the fourth 10-9)