UFC on FX 3: Power Ranking Every Fight on the Card
On Friday night, Ian McCall and Demetrious Johnson will square off for a chance to participate in the UFC's first ever flyweight title fight against Joseph Benavidez.
In addition to the main event, there is a full fight card before the flyweight fight, featuring fighters such as Erick Silva, Charlie Brenneman, Eddie Wineland, Scott Jorgensen and more.
Fans always have the specific fights that they're excited for, and there are always the fights that nobody expects much out of.
Let's take a look at a power ranking of every fight on the card.
No. 12: Buddy Roberts vs. Caio Magalhaes
The third fight on Fuel TV will feature a matchup between promotional newcomer Buddy Roberts and fellow newcomer Caio Magalhaes.
Magalhaes is 5-0 with three finishes in his career, two by submission and one by TKO.
Roberts is 11-2 with four wins by TKO and five by submission.
This fight should be a solid matchup between debuting grapplers in the light heavyweight division.
No. 11: Henry Martinez vs. Bernardo Magalhaes
In the second fight on Fuel TV, Henry Martinez and Bernardo Magalhaes both make their second appearance inside the Octagon after suffering decision losses in their debuts.
Martinez trains out of Jackson's MMA and is 8-2 in his career, with six finishes: two by TKO and four by submission.
Magalhaes is 11-2 in his career, with two submission wins and nine decisions. He is a former CFC lightweight champion.
No. 10: Mike Pierce vs. Carlos Eduardo Rocha
The final fight on the Fuel TV broadcast is a welterweight matchup between Mike Pierce and Carlos Eduardo Rocha.
Both have had several fights in the Octagon, finding varied success throughout.
Pierce comes into the fight after suffering a split decision loss to Josh Koscheck at UFC 143. He has actually had three straight split decisions, losing two of them.
Rocha comes into the fight after suffering the first loss of his career, when he dropped a split decision of his own to Jake Ellenberger at UFC 126.
No. 9: Dustin Pague vs. Jared Papazian
Also on the Fuel TV portion of the card is a bantamweight fight between Dustin Pague and Jared Papazian.
Pague was a cast member on season 14 of The Ultimate Fighter, where he lost to TJ Dillashaw in the semifinals. He then lost to John Albert at The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale.
Papazian will be having his second fight in the Octagon, and his first with a full camp behind him. He lost his debut fight to Mike Easton on two week's notice. Prior to that, he was the KOTC flyweight champion.
No. 8: Seth Baczynski vs. Lance Benoist
Up next is a welterweight fight between Seth Baczynski and Lance Benoist.
Fans will remember Baczynski from season 11 of The Ultimate Fighter, where he lost to Brad Tavares via DQ in the quarterfinals. He then had a rematch with Tavares at the finale, where he lost a close decision.
After the fight, he was released from the UFC. He won two fights outside the Octagon, at which point he was brought back, and has gone 2-0 since.
Benoist will be making his second appearance in the Octagon, after earning Fight of the Night honors in his debut against Matt Riddle at UFC Fight Night 25.
No. 7: Tim Means vs. Justin Salas
In a lightweight matchup, Tim Means will square off against Justin Salas on the preliminary Fuel TV card.
Means comes into the fight with a 17-3-1 record and a 1-0 record inside the Octagon. He defeated Bernardo Magalhaes in his debut fight at UFC on Fuel TV 1. He has 12 wins by TKO and three by submission.
Justin Salas is also making his second appearance in the Octagon and also sports a 1-0 record inside it. Salas won his debut fight against Anton Kuivanen, also at UFC on Fuel TV 1.
Salas has finished his opponent in six fights, three by TKO and three by submission.
No. 6: Jake Hecht vs. Sean Pierson
The first fight of the night is a welterweight matchup between Jake Hecht and Sean Pierson. Both fighters come into the cage coming off losses.
Hecht is 11-3 overall in his career, with three wins by TKO and five by submission. Many fans will know him for his impressive knockout of Rich Attonito, which was started off by Hecht delivering elbows to the side of Attonito's head while Attonito had Hecht pressed against the cage looking for a takedown.
Pierson is 11-6 in his career, having fought top-level welterweights such as Jake Ellenberger, Dong Hyun Kim and others.
In his 11 wins, he has finished his opponent 10 times.
No. 5: Eddie Wineland vs. Scott Jorgensen
The first fight on FX will feature two of the best bantamweights in the world, as former WEC champion Eddie Wineland will face off against one-time WEC and UFC title challenger, Scott Jorgensen.
Wineland comes into the fight having suffered two straight losses to Joseph Benavidez and Urijah Faber, both by unanimous decision. Wineland is winless thus far in his UFC career.
Jorgensen is higher on the totem pole but still not in immediate title-challenging vicinity. He won his first two fights in the Octagon but then lost a unanimous decision to Renan Barao at UFC 143.
The winner of this fight will likely still be two or three wins away from a title shot.
No. 4: Erick Silva vs. Charlie Brenneman
Up next is a fight between welterweights who may be ready to make the jump to contender status, Erick Silva and Charlie Brenneman.
Silva is coming into the fight off a "loss" to Carlo Prater. He originally had won by TKO in just 29 seconds, but the referee decided that Silva had hit to the back of the head, and he lost by DQ.
Had the win counted, Silva would have won his first two UFC fights by TKO in a combined one minute and nine seconds. He could be a title contender in the immediate future.
Brenneman has been in the UFC a bit longer but seems like he could be a bit of a gatekeeper in the stacked welterweight division. He has beaten fighters such as Rick Story and Daniel Roberts while losing to Anthony Johnson and Johny Hendricks.
No. 3: Mike Pyle vs. Josh Neer
On the FX card in the welterweight division, we've got a battle of seasoned veterans, featuring Mike Pyle taking on Josh Neer.
Pyle is 22-8-1 in his career, with 19 finishes and five wins in the UFC. Pyle has squared off against fighters such as Rory MacDonald, Jake Ellenberger and Jake Shields. In his last fight, he scored a TKO win in just over one minute into the first round.
Neer doesn't have a name that many fans may be familiar with, but with a record of 33-10-1, and a 2-0 record in the Octagon this time around, he is primed to make himself a household name. He had a go in the Octagon several times before, amassing a total record of 6-6.
Not totally impressive, but when you factor in that he has beaten Melvin Guillard, Joe Stevenson and Mac Danzig while losing to Nick and Nate Diaz and Gleison Tibau, you realize he's been fighting the best for a long time.
No. 2: Leonard Garcia vs. Matt Grice
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What's that? Leonard Garcia is expected to be in an exciting fight? You don't say.
Garcia is known as one of the most exciting fighters in MMA today, having earned four fight of the night honors, and one fight of the year against Chan Sung Jung.
Garcia can fight technically, but it seems like as soon as he gets a bit tired, he just starts winging his punches, which makes for fantastic fights.
His opponent, Matt Grice, is 14-4 in his career with eight striking related stoppages, so he likes to throw hands too.
Luckily for Garcia, Grice has been knocked out before, and Garcia will be looking to do it again.
No. 1: Ian McCall vs. Demetrious Johnson
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In the main event of the evening, Ian McCall and Demetrious Johnson will have a rematch of their draw in their last fight.
McCall comes into the fight sporting a record of 11-2-1, with the losses coming at the hands of Dominick Cruz and Charlie Valencia, both in the bantamweight division. McCall is undefeated at flyweight, with a record of 3-0-1 and was recognized as the consensus No. 1 flyweight in the world prior to Joseph Benavidez' win over Yasuhiro Urushitani.
Johnson has had only one fight at flyweight, and it was the draw to McCall. At bantamweight, DJ went 14-2, losing only to Dominick Cruz and Brad Pickett. He picked up big wins over Miguel Torres and Kid Yamamoto.
As the main event of the evening, featuring two of the smallest and fastest fighters on the planet, there's no way that this fight isn't as epic as the first. It will be the best fight of the night.
Tim McTiernan is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. For the latest news on everything MMA, follow him on Twitter @TimMcTiernan.