Mighty Mouse got it done. In a swift three rounder McCall and Johnson continued their scrap where it left off. Johnson settled into a frantic paced rhythm leaving McCall losing a whole round to what looked like a feeling out process. It seemed to me that the winner of the fight would be decided by whoever made the most of the scrambles and openings presented by each fighter. For two of three rounds that was Johnson.
This sets up a title fight between Demetrious Johnson and Joseph Benavidez. Before tonight I would have picked Benavidez, but if Johnson is healthy and brings his infamous speed to the title fight, he might end up walking away with the strap.
Although it is not official, it makes sense to have a runner up fight between Ian McCall and Yasuhiro Urushitani. McCall has a big fan following – which includes us – so building him up to contender status in a fledgling division will be important to the UFC.
To satiate your bloodlust, here are some of the finishes from the other great fights on Friday night.
Demetrious Johnson vs Ian McCall
Erick Silva vs Charlie Brenneman
Mike Pyle vs Josh Neer
Eddie Wineland vs Scott Jorgensen