Making the move to flyweight was an easy choice for Demetrious Johnson. After failing to claim the UFC bantamweight title from Dominick Cruz, “Mighty Mouse” jumped at the opportunity to comprise part of the UFC’s flyweight tournament to crown a champion at 125 pounds.
This evening, in one of the semifinals, Johnson will take on Ian McCall to advance to the championship match. Johnson-McCall will be part of the televised main card of UFC on FX 2: Alves vs. Kampmann.
Johnson will be making his international debut from the Allphones Arena in Sydney, Australia, something he is looking forward to.
“It’s a new weight class and I know the fans have been looking forward to the debut of the flyweight division and it’ll be interesting to fight in front of the Australian fans,” said Johnson, in an interview with Fighters.com. “I’m really excited about going down there and putting on a great show.”
Prior to the loss against Cruz, Johnson had won four straight fights. He enters the bout with McCall – who many consider the best flyweight in the world already – sporting a 14-2 record.
“There’s a reason (McCall’s) ranked No. 1 in the world in the flyweight division,” Johnson said. “I’m not sure who has the advantage in any certain area. I just plan on going out there and doing my thing; I plan on putting my skills to the test and seeing what he’s made of.”
Tune in to see how Johnson fares against “Uncle Creepy” when the main card starts up at 9:00 PM EST on FX. Prelims will air at approximately 6:00 PM EST through Facebook/Fuel TV.
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