Their first match, a draw in Australia that put the flyweights on the map, immediately set high standards for the new weight class. Could Ian McCall and Demetrious Johnson live up to high expectations in their much anticipated rematch?
In a single word: yes. For fifteen minutes, the two men gave it their all, going back and forth in a tremendous display of technique and heart. This time, when Demetrious Johnson had his hand raised, it stayed up.
Beyond the headliner, the main card on FX was packed with great action. Erick Silva showed he had the Vitor Belfort gene, impressing with his anti-wrestling and lightning-fast attacks. He beat Charlie Brenneman in a spirited affair that saw Silva vault from prospect to potential contender in one long leap.
Who else made the most of his night? Who failed, whether epic or otherwise? Read on.
Demetrious Johnson vs. Ian McCall
Johnson defeats McCall by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28).
Erick Silva vs. Charlie Brenneman
Silva defeats Brenneman by submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:33 of the first round.
Mike Pyle vs. Josh Neer
Pyle defeats Neer by knockout (punch) at 4:56 of the first round.
Eddie Wineland vs. Scott Jorgensen
Wineland defeats Jorgensen by knockout (punches) at 4:10 of the second round.
Mike Pierce vs. Carlos Eduardo Rocha
Pierce defeats Rocha by split decision (27-30, 30-27, 30-27).
Seth Baczynski vs. Lance Benoist
Baczynski defeats Benoist by split decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28).
Leonard Garcia vs. Matt Grice
Grice defeats Garcia by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
Dustin Pague vs. Jared Papazian
Pague defeats Papazian by submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:21 of the first round.
Tim Means vs. Justin Salas
Means defeats Salas by technical knockout (punches) at 1:06 of the first round.
Buddy Roberts vs. Caio Magalhaes
Roberts defeats Magalhaes by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28).
Henry Martinez vs. Bernardo Magalhaes
Martinez defeats Magalhaes by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 28-29).
Jake Hecht vs. Sean Pierson
Pierson defeats Hecht by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).