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Demetrious Johnson defeats Ian McCall by Split Decision. The scores were 29-28, 28-29, 29-28.
Leg kicks early from Demetrious Johnson landed early. McCall clinched and completed the takedown with an inside trip. McCall worked from a high half guard and attempted a to pass to mount. On the transition Demetrious hit a switch and took McCall down. The fighters regained their feet and traded punches and knees in the clinch. McCall hit a beautiful throw and landed several punches before Demetrious stood up. Demetrious shot for a low takedown and landed a right hand on the break. McCall stuffed a Johnson takedown and landed hammer fists before Johnson abandoned the takedown.
Demetrious Johnson opened the second round with another single leg takedown attempt. Ian McCall landed several punches forcing Demetrious to give up on the shot. Leg kicks from Ian McCall are answered by Demetrious Johnson who threw an overhand right. McCall threw a high inside leg kick that landed to the groin forcing a stop in the action. The two fighters traded punches and the damage began to show underneath the right eye of Demetrious Johnson. McCall attempted a knee tap and they trade knees in the clinch against the fence. More dirty boxing in the clinch as Demetrious landed a big elbow on the break. McCall hit an inside trip towards the end of the round.
The two fighters traded leg kicks as the third round began. McCall thought he was high low with a knee from the clinch but the referee didn't stop the fight. Jumping knee from Demetrious Johnson allowed McCall to complete a takedown and land in side control. McCall landed decent ground and pound but Johnson was able to scramble to his feet. McCall take's Johnson's back and suplexes him to the ground. McCall sunk both hooks in and landed brutal ground and pound from the top. Demetrious regained his feet but was almost thrown again. Demetrious with a desperation shot that was stuffed by McCall. McCall closed the round throwing punches from Demetrious Johnson's back and yelling to the crowd. What an amazing fight. After the results were read Ian McCall walked right out of the cage as the crowd showered the cage with boos.
Demetrious Johnson cut down from Bantamweight to take part in the Flyweight tournament. He is now 3-1 in the UFC and 15-2 in his career. Ian McCall was widely considered to be the top Flyweight in the world entering this fight. He is now 0-1 in the UFC and 11-3 in his career.