To the surprise of many, Demetrious Johnson claimed a majority decision over Ian McCall in the first-ever flyweight match in the UFC Friday night at UFC on FX: Alves vs. Kampmann. “Mighty Mouse” will face either Joseph Benavidez or Yoshihiro Urushitani in the finals later this year.
Following Bruce Buffer’s reading of the scores, McCall exited the Octagon right away. “Uncle Creepy” landed 140 total strikes to 74 by Johnson, however many of them came in the third when McCall nearly finished the fight, despite Johnson feeling differently.
“He wasn’t close to getting the finish,” Johnson said. “I just kept pushing through because I knew I had the first two rounds in the bag. His punches didn’t hurt and he made a clown out of himself (in reference to McCall’s actions as he landed down punches on Johnson).”
Johnson connected with the first big strike of the contest, nearly dropping McCall in the first on his way to landing 25 strikes to 23 by McCall. Through the first two rounds, the two fighters threw a total of 272 strikes, putting on a display for the fans in Australia.
“Give it to Ian McCall,” Johnson said. “He put it on me in the last round, but I felt like I won the first two. Ian McCall is tough and is ranked No. 1 in the world (at flyweight) for a reason. I hit him with some tough shots.”
Kenny Florian, doing the color commentary at Octagon-side, said he scored the bout 29-28 for McCall.