After a second fight between Ian McCall and Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson, the former featherweight contender, Johnson was finally able to earn his spot in the flyweight title bout.
Before we get to the breakdown of the flyweight title we need to look at the fight between Johnson and McCall. It seemed as if throughout the fight McCall was unable to takedown Johnson and when he was able to he could not hold down Mighty Mouse. A lot of credit goes to Johnson who obviously worked on his wrestling prior to the second fight. Johnson used his speed to defeat McCall who was never able to get comfortable in the stand up.
This is a really tough loss for McCall. I had him winning the first fight between the two as did most others, but due to a scoring mix up we weren’t able to see a fourth round. McCall really controlled that fight and you have to believe he would have been able to do the same in the fourth round of that fight.
As for McCall’s next fight in the UFC there are a couple of options. He should still be very high up in the flyweight division, possibly only a fight away from the title. Sean Shelby could decide to give him a rising contender such as John Dodson and use it as a No. 1 contender bout, but the UFC normally doesn’t match fighters coming off a win against a fighter coming off a loss.
The other option is Yasuhiro Urushitani. He is coming off a loss to Joseph Benavidez and it makes a lot of sense to match the No. 3 and 4 contenders in the flyweight division right now against each other.
Benavidez vs. Johnson Breakdown:
This is an extremely tough fight to score. The wrestling advantage has to go to Benavidez, although Johnson has outstanding wrestling himself. Johnson will have the speed advantage in this fight, but it’s going to be very close. Benavidez is one of the fastest fighters in the UFC and he is even better at his natural weight of 125. Benavidez will also get the jiu-jitsu advantage in this fight. He comes from a camp well known for the guillotine choke and anyone who has his own style (joe-jitsu) is given the advantage.
If Johnson can use his speed in this fight he obviously will get the nod, but that’s easier said than done. Benavidez on the other hand will want to take Johnson down and try to use his jiu-jitsu to defeat Johnson, but again that is easier said than done.
This is a great stylistic matchup between the top two flyweights in the world. Both Johnson and Benavidez have outstanding wrestling and stand up while the biggest advantage in this fight may be Benavidez’s joe-jitsu. I give the early nod to Benavidez, but this fight can go either way.