Friday, June 8, 2012

UFC on FX 3: Fireworks until the main event

It's one thing to get a couple of free fights on TV, Ala boxing's Friday night fights on ESPN, but 10 fights are a fans dream. That's what the UFC and its President Dana White gave us with their UFC on FX 3 card live from Sunrise, Florida. Six prelims on Fuel TV and four main card fights on FX, made for an enjoyable old school feeling Friday night filled with fights.

The main event featured a title eliminator between flyweights (125 lbs.) Demetrious 'Mighty Mouse' Johnson and Ian 'Uncle Creepy' McCall in a rematch of a very close fight just three months ago; so close it ended in a draw. This time they picked up right where they left off, only now there was a winner.

After three rounds Johnson (15-2-1, 3 KO's 6 subs) won an outright unanimous decision against McCall (11-3-1, 4 KO's 3 subs). The difference tonight is what I thought should have given McCall the first fight, wrestling. Only this time it was 'Mighty Mouse' who won in that department along with out boxing 'Uncle Creepy', thus earning a title fight against Joseph Benavidez to determine the first UFC flyweight champion.

In the co-main event, 'The Spaniard' Charlie Brenneman (15-4, 5 KO's 2 subs) did his best to turn his welterweight (170 lbs.) tilt against Brazilian Erick Silva (14-2, 3 KO's 8 subs) into a wrestling match, but Silva was having none of it. Though Brenneman had some early take down success, Silva was able to sustain and get up. That would lead to Brenneman's downfall.

After Silva started to open up on 'The Spaniard', Brenneman tried to shoot in again; only this time Silva sprawled and eventually took the wrestler's back. Then the young Brazilian, got his hooks in, flattened out Brenneman and inevitably sunk in a rear naked choke that forced the tap. Another first round finish for Silva, who's had three in a row in his first three UFC fights, though one was, ruled a disqualification against him.

In what I thought could end up being fight of the night between two tried and tested welterweights, Mike Pyle (23-8-1, 4 KO's 16 subs) and Josh Neer (33-11, 17 KO's 12 subs), may very well have ended up being the knockout of the night bonus winner. After a back and forth first round that saw Neer get up after being taken down and start to come on, saw Pyle clip him with a short right hand on the jaw that ended the fight emphatically; pretty impressive considering Neer's solid chin.

With the flyweights headlining this card, kicking things off on the main card were a couple of other fireplugs as bantamweight (135 lbs.) WEC vets Scott Jorgensen (13-6, 2 KO's 4 subs) and Eddie Wineland (19-8, 10 KO's 5 subs) slugged it out for the better part of two rounds. Wineland a former title holder and Jorgensen a former title challenger went at it right from the start, but Wineland got the better of it throughout eventually catching Jorgensen in the second round with a beautiful right cross right on the button.

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