Wanting to adjust for the foot movement and speed of Johnson, McCall’s corner told him to take the fight down in between rounds one and two. McCall immediately took the fight down, and while Johnson was able to stand back up, McCall repeatedly took him down in the round. When the fight was standing, McCall’s footwork was not as flat footed and helped him land his shots more.
Seemingly all tied up after two rounds, the final round had a lot riding on it. McCall tried for a takedown, but Johnson defended it well. After both fighters landed punches, it was Johnson who was able to get McCall down with a crucial takedown. As time was slipping away in the round, McCall tried to turn up his intensity, but it wasn’t enough as Johnson was able to win the round and win the fight.
Erick Silva again shows that he doesn’t like to fight out of the first round. Charlie Brenneman tried to come out faster than Silva and while it worked at first. Silva nearly finished the fight with knees to counter the takedown of Brenneman, but he was put on his but. The two battled for position, Silva wanting to keep it standing, Brenneman wanting to get the fight to the ground. Neither fighter seemed to be able to do what they wanted as the ref had to separate them twice.
Silva started to get fancy with his kicks and a spinning back kick landed for him. He followed up with another kick and Brenneman shot for the takedown. This time Silva was ready and was able to sneak to the back of Brenneman. Once on the ground, Silva was quick to get his hooks in and while working for the second slid his arm under the throat of Brenneman. A quick synch of the choke and it was all over as Brenneman was forced to tap.
Josh Neer and Mike Pyle have an insane amount of fights between the two of them, and their experience showed. Neer had shown weakness to wrestlers and Pyle took full advantage of his wrestling pedigree and took Neer down. But Neer was crafty and escaped. On the feet many would give Neer the edge, and it looked like he had hurt Pyle on more than one instance. As time was winding down, Neer started to tee off on Pyle, but made a crucial mistake as his hands were down as he walked forward. Pyle threw a short right hand that dropped Neer face first into the canvas.
Eddie Wineland finally looked like the Wineland that the fans loved from the WEC. His foot, body, and head movement were all on display against Scott Jorgensen. Wineland was landing his big power right hand against Jorgensen and throughout the first round had Jorgensen guessing. He nearly finished the fight, but Jorgensen showed how quick he can recover from the dangerous spots. The second round Jorgensen bloodied up Wineland with a knee while separating from an exchange. The blood painted a bullseye for Jorgensen who found his range much more. But while Jorgensen started to land more and more punches, it was Wineland who was setting up the finish. Time and time again, Jorgensen ate a right hand that stopped his forward progress. Finally his head had taken enough and Wineland’s right hand found the mark once more, dropping Jorgensen. Several short shots and the ref was forced to stop the fight as Jorgensen was unconscious.
Demetrious Johnson defeated Ian McCall via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
Erick Silva defeated Charlie Brenneman via submission (rear naked choke) – Round 1, 4:56
Mike Pyle defeated Josh Neer via knockout (punch) – Round 1, 4:56
Eddie Wineland defeated Scott Jorgensen via knockout (punches) – Round 2, 4:10
Mike Pierce defeated Carlos Eduardo Rocha via split decision (27-30, 30-27, 30-27)
Seth Baczynski defeated Lance Benoist via split decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28)
Matt Grice defeated Leonard Garcia via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Dustin Pague defeated Jared Papazian via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 3:21
Tim Means defeated Justin Salas via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 1:06
Buddy Roberts defeated Caio Magalhaes via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Henry Martinez defeated Bernardo Magalhaes via split decision (29-28, 30-27, 28-29)
Sean Pierson defeated Jake Hecht via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Tags: Bernardo Magalhaes, Buddy Roberts, Caio Magalhaes, Carlos Eduardo Rocha, Charlie Brenneman, Demetrious Johnson, Dustin Pague, Eddie Wineland, Erick Silva, Henry Martinez, Ian McCall, Jake Hecht, Jared Papazian, Josh Neer, Justin Salas, Lance Benoist, Leonard Garcia, Matt Grice, Mike Pierce, Mike Pyle, Scott Jorgensen, Sean Pierson, Seth Baczynski, Tim Means, UFC on FX 3
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