UFC on FX: Three Things to Watch for on Johnson vs. McCall
I'll forgive you if you somehow forgot about Friday night's UFC on FX show. And I'm being honest when I tell you that, up until the television broadcast of The Ultimate Fighter Finale broadcast last weekend, I'd forgotten all about it as well.
That's to be expected when you have roughly 66 UFC events scheduled in one month. But now that we're all aware that another excellent free UFC card is in the offing, let's take a look at three things we should pay attention to on the FX-televised main card.
Let's Hope the Judges Get It Right in Johnson vs. McCall
There's a silver lining in every cloud. That's what they say, right?
In this case, the cloud was the score tabulation error that led to Demetrious Johnson being named the winner over Ian McCall instead of the fight being scored a majority draw. While Johnson celebrated and McCall sulked out of the arena, the fans were robbed of a thrilling "sudden victory" round that would have added a whole new layer of intrigue to the flyweight tournament.
Instead, we get a rematch. And that's the silver lining, because it's never a bad thing to see two highly-skilled fighters like Johnson and McCall squaring off in lightning-speed fisticuffs. I think we'll see an entertaining fight as expected, but I also hope the judging isn't an issue. You'd like to think that simple mathematics or visual recognition of numbers wouldn't be an issue, but we've been proven wrong before.
Jorgensen and Wineland Fight to Stay Relevant at Bantamweight
Scott Jorgensen and Eddie Wineland are two of the better-known fighters in the bantamweight division, but they go into their UFC on FX main-card bout needing a win to stay near the top of the pecking order.
A loss for Wineland would be his third in a row. That may not guarantee a pink slip, but it'll put him dangerously close to a ledge he doesn't want to be on. Jorgensen lost to Renan Barao in his last bout, but everyone loses to Barao.
An emphatic win by either man in this fight would help them keep their title hopes alive, especially with Dominick Cruz on the shelf for another 12 months or so.
Erick Silva's Return after Being Screwed against Carlo Prater
Erick Silva is one of the brightest young prospects in the UFC, but his career took a brief off-road excursion with a questionable loss to Carlo Prater back in January.
I said it was a "questionable" loss, but the truth is that it was a full-blown robbery. Silva dismantled Prater from the opening bell, but was disqualified 29 seconds in after one punch to the back of the head rendered Prater unable to continue. In reality, though, it was the huge knee that Silva landed just prior to the punch that did Prater in for the night, but Mario Yamasaki ruled the fight a disqualification.
Silva will look to rebound here against Charlie Brenneman, a tough wrestler with the kind of game that should give Silva problems. If Silva can pass this test with flying colors, he can go back to being the prospect we all know he is.