This is the UFC on FX 3 live blog for Demetrious Johnson vs. Ian McCall, a flyweight bout on Friday night's UFC event from the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla.
Johnson, who is 3-1-1 in his last five fights, will face McCall, who is 1-2-1 in his UFC/WEC career, on the main card. The winner will face Joseph Benavidez for the UFC flyweight title.
Check out the live blog below.
Round 1: Johnson bouncing around as always to start. McCall backs him up to the cage and initiates a clinch. Johnson reverses position and pulls McCall down briefly. Johnson lands a right hand and resets. McCall throwing a couple of wild right hooks that both miss badly. Johnson lands a right hand that rocked McCall, who falls to his back. McCall gets up quickly though. Good start for Johnson. McCall tries a kick and Johnson catches it and puts him down again. McCall rolls free and lands a pair of body shots. A quick first round goes to Johnson, 10-9.
Round 2: McCall scores a quick takedown but can't establish position as Johnson scrambles free. McCall uppercut lands. "Uncle Creepy" looks more comfortable early on. An errant kick lands low, so we take a quick timeout. McCall with a level shift takedown but can't hold Johnson down. McCall scores with a spinning elbow against the fence. Johnson shifts to orthodox stance for the final minute and lands a right hook and knee from the clinch. Straight right for Johnson. A close round, but we score it for McCall 10-9.
Round 3: The pair fight against the fence early, until Johnson digs low and scores the takedown. He isn't able to land a single strike though as McCall gets to his feet. Johnson with a nice series of punches as we near the midway point. It's winning time now. Both men land during an exchange, but Johnson scores with two strikes. Johnson looks fresher as the final seconds tick away. Johnson gets the better of the fight's final moments. It's a close round, but MMA Fighting scores it for Johnson 10-9.
Winner: Demetrious Johnson def. Ian McCall via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
With the win, Johnson advances to the UFC flyweight championship match against Benavidez.