UFC on FX 2: Complete Breakdown and Predictions for UFC Flyweight Tournament

Sal DeRose@@TheSalDeRoseCorrespondent IDecember 12, 2011

UFC on FX 2: Complete Breakdown and Predictions for UFC Flyweight Tournament

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    After UFC 140, UFC president Dana White announced that the UFC would be bringing in the flyweights for a March 3 tournament for UFC on FX 2.

    Demetrious Johnson, Ian McCall, Joseph Benavidez and Yasuhiro Urushitani were announced as the participants in the tournament to determine the first ever UFC flyweight champion.

    Benavidez and Johnson have been widely assumed to be the best picks to be the first UFC flyweight champion. But the UFC also brought in current Tachi Palace Fights flyweight champion and No. 1 flyweight, Ian McCall and current Shooto flyweight champion and No. 3 ranked flyweight, Yasuhiro Urushitani.

    The tournament pits some of the grittiest fights the flyweight division has to offer and will produce some epic fights to inaugural division.

    Maybe the flyweights will produce some of the best fights in UFC history.

Joseph Benavidez vs. Yasuhiro Urushitani: Stats and Info

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    Joseph Benavidez (15-2 MMA, 2-0 UFC)

    Eight wins by submission, four by decision, three by knockout

    Two losses by decision

    Height: 5'4"

    Age: 27

    Strengths: Great ground game, good chokes

    Weaknesses: None

    Yasuhiro Urushitani (19-4-6 MMA, 0-0 UFC)

    14 wins by decision, four by knockout, one by submission

    Three losses by decision, one by submission

    Height: 5'5"

    Age: 35

    Strengths: Counter-punching, fast hands

    Weaknesses: No real offensive submission skills

Joseph Benavidez vs. Yasuhiro Urushitani: Breakdown and Prediction

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    Striking: I like Urushitani's ability to counter punch, and I think he is a little bit quicker than Benavidez. All that aside, Benavidez almost stole a decision from Cruz and was able to hold his own against the bantamweight champion. Edge to Benavidez.

    Ground: Urushitani doesn't really have much of an offensive ground game compared to Benavidez, who has some great chokes (he is a Team Alpha Male member after all) and has some great wrestling. Edge to Benavidez.

    Breakdown: I think this is a perfect style matchup for Benavidez here facing Urushitani, who for the first time in his career is fighting outside of Japan.

    If Urushitani can keep the fight standing, I can see him counter-punching his way to a decision victory, but I don't think he has the power to get the knockout.

    Normally, Japanese fighters don't do well in their first fight in the Octagon and have a tough transition. I think Benavidez wins him a fight here and eventually gets Urushitani in a choke and gives Urushitani his second career loss by submission.

    Prediction: Benavidez by third round submission (rear-naked choke)

Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson vs. Ian "Uncle Creepy" McCall: Stats and Info

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    Demetrious Johnson (9-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC)

    Four wins by submission, three by decision, two by knockout

    Two losses by decision

    Height: 5'3"

    Age: 25

    Strengths: Grappling, quickness

    Weaknesses: None

    Ian McCall (11-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC)

    Four wins by knockout, four by decision, three by submission

    One loss by submission, one by decision

    Height: 5'5"

    Age: 27

    Strengths: Grappling,fight style

    Weaknesses: Improving striking (Although it is getting very good)

Demetrious Johnson vs. Ian McCall: Breakdown and Prediction

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    Striking: I think McCall's striking is getting better and better with each fight at flyweight. Johnson, though, has very fast hands and is very quick. Edge to Johnson.

    Ground: This is really tough as both possess a good ground game. Johnson displayed some nice ground skills against Miguel Torres earlier this year and showed he can hang with the best of them and win. Earlier this year McCall made his flyweight debut for Tachi Palace Fights and outgrappled a very good BJJ artist in Jussier da Silva. Push.

    Breakdown: I think this fight is going to be insane. Both fighters push a fast pace and both fighters aren't afraid to get aggressive. This fight is super tough to pick as both fighters are really good.

    I think either way if the fight goes to the ground they're even. If the fight stays standing, I think McCall can hold his own. Funny thing is picking McCall (the No. 1 flyweight by most) is probably the upset pick to some people.

    Prediction: McCall by unanimous decision

Joseph Benavidez vs. Ian McCall

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    Striking: Benavidez has been able to stand with Cruz, and I think that gives him the edge over McCall. But who knows, McCall has been improving over his last few fights at flyweight in his striking, so he could definitely give Benavidez a fit standing. Edge to Benavidez.

    Ground: This is super tough to call. I think both fighters possess some excellent ground game and grappling skills. I think if this goes to the ground it will be entertaining. Push.

    Breakdown: I think this is going to be an exciting matchup, although it isn't the Benavidez-Johnson matchup that has been so heavily talked about and pushed for.

    I think McCall is very good and it is very scary how good he has become since his drop from bantamweight.

    Overall, I think Benavidez will secure enough takedowns to win each round while winning the standup battle. I wouldn't be shocked if McCall—again probably the underdog—pulled the upset.

    If this was based off awesome facial hair though, McCall would be the victor by a dominating 30-18 on all judges scorecards.

    Prediction: Benavidez by unanimous decision

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