Demetrious Johnson and Ian McCall faced off again at UFC on FX 3 for a chance to face Joseph Benavidez for the UFC flyweight title. Their first fight is considered an early candidate for fight of the year, which ended in controversy due to the Australian commission tabulating the score cards incorrectly. Due to how exciting the first fight was, there were concerns that the rematch wouldn't live up to the expectations.
Those concerns were completely misplaced as the two fighters continued where they left off four months prior. The two fighters stood toe to toe and traded punches and kicks for another fifteen minutes. When the horn sounded, it was Johnson who proved to be the better man.
From the Bleacher Report play by play:
Round 3: The round opens with the fighters in the clinch. Demetrious landing some quick punches and McCall responds with his own. McCall tries for a takedown and when Demetrious clinches, he attacks the body. Demetrious lands some knees to the body and McCall with an elbow on the break. Demetrious gets McCall to the mat but struggles to hold the position. McCall back to his feet and they land simultaneous punches on the break. Strikes land for both in the center of the cage. McCall trips Johnson and lands a knee to the head as he stands. Johnson catches a leg and lands punches to the head. McCall clinches against the fence and they trade knees to the body and punches. McCall with a jumping knee on the break. They clinch again and throw more knees to the body. On the break Demetrious lands a nice right hand and a push kick. Last minute and they are keeping a ridiculous pace. Demetrious backs McCall against the fence and looks for a single. McCall rolls out and they end the round in a clinch. 10-9 Demetrious Johnson.
The win earns Johnson a title shot and dethrones McCall as the top flyweight in the world. Stay with Bleacher Report for more UFC on FX 3 fallout.