It looks as though UFC flyweights Demetrious Johnson and Ian McCall will mix it up in early June though not on the Ultimate Fighter 15 Finale as had originally been rumored. According to an official announcement by the organization, the two 125ers will face off on June 8 at UFC on FX 3 with the pairing likely serving as the show’s headlining tilt. As before, the winner of the match-up will move on to face Joseph Benavidez for the UFC’s inaugural flyweight championship.
The fight marks a rematch of their meeting from earlier this month where an official’s error resulted in a short-lived decision win for Johnson that quickly ruled a Draw once the scorecards were reviewed. However, the damage was already done by the point it was discovered with the mistake costing fans an opportunity to see the first “sudden victory” round in UFC history.
McCall was on a four-fight winning streak prior to the pairing with Johnson and holds an overall record of 11-2-1. Seven of his wins have involved some form of stoppage. Comparably, Johnson is 14-2-1 and has never been finished though came awfully close in the closing moments of the third round against a showboating McCall. Among his most impressive past performances are wins over Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto and Miguel Torres.
Along with McCall-Johnson, the UFC also revealed bantamweights Dustin Pague and Jared Papazian were set for action against each other at the summer show. A bout between 170ers Mike Pierce-Carlos Eduardo Rocha is also expected to take place.
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