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UFC on FX 3 results recap: Demetrious Johnson vs Ian McCall event wrap up from Las Vegas

June 8, 2012; Sunrise, FL, USA; Demetrious Johnson (left) fights against Ian McCall (right) during their UFC bout at BankAtlantic Center. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returned to FX this past Friday night (June 8, 2012) with UFC on FX 3: “Johnson vs. McCall,” featuring Demetrious Johnson advancing to the finals of the flyweight tournament with a unanimous decision victory over Ian McCall.

No controversy this time.

Erick Silva’s rise to prominence in the welterweight division continued with yet another first round finish, this time a rear-naked choke submission win over Charlie Brenneman.

And what’s there to say about Mike Pyle and his knockout of Josh Neer? Or Eddie Wineland and his stoppage of Scott Jorgensen?

In cased you missed any or all of it — or just want to keep the discussion alive — below are links to all the major storylines borne from Friday night’s event in Las Vegas.

In we go.

UFC on FX 3: “Johnson vs. McCall”

Results and live fight coverage

Post-fight press conference video

Bonuses and awards

Event photos gallery

Demetrious Johnson vs. Ian McCall fight video highlights

Erick Silva vs. Charlie Brenneman fight video highlights

Fight recap: Eddie Wineland stops Scott Jorgensen

Fight recap: Mike Pyle knocks out Josh Neer

Fight recap: Erick Silva submits Charlie Brenneman

Fight recap: Demetrious Johnson bests Ian McCall

Fight review and analysis: Eddie Wineland vs. Scott Jorgensen

Fight review and analysis: Mike Pyle vs. Josh Neer

Fight review and analysis: Erick Silva vs. Charlie Brenneman

Fight review and analysis: Demetrious Johnson vs. Ian McCall

UFC on FX 3 post-fight fallout

Big winners and lowly losers

The UFC flyweight division is already a success

What exactly does UFC caliber mean?

Demetrious Johnson vs. Ian McCall should have been five rounds instead of three

What’s next for Demetrious Johnson? Joseph Benavidez, of course

Demetrious Johnson can’t wait to hit sexy Joseph Benavidez in the face

Mike Pyle knocked out Josh Neer because he didn’t want to be there anymore

That, my friends, should be enough to keep you talking — at least for the time being. What gets your vote for the biggest story coming out of UFC on FX 3?

Sound off, Maniacs.


Jose Aldo Injured, Urijah Faber vs. Renan Barao Moved To UFC 149 Main Event

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It’s been a rough week for the Ultimate Fighting Championship with several key injuries forcing the re-shuffling of several upcoming fight cards.

The news didn’t get any better today as the promotion announced that an upcoming UFC featherweight title match between Jose Aldo and Erik Koch for UFC 149 was being pulled from the card due to an injury to Aldo.

Announced earlier tonight (June 9, 2012) on Twitter (@ufc)

- More changes – Aldo injured, Aldo-Koch postponed, Faber-Barao interim title fight now the main event of UFC 149 in Calgary

Moving into the main event slot will be UFC interim bantamweight title opponents Urijah ‘The California Kid’ Faber (26-5) and Brazilian Renan Barão (28-1, 1NC). Their bout was to have co-headlined the UFC 148 card slated for July 7, 2012 in Las Vegas but will now meet in Canada later that month.

UFC 149 is expected to take place on July 21, 2012 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Faber had been scheduled to meet current UFC bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz after their stint as opposing coaches on “The Ultimate Fighter Live” but Cruz was forced out with an injured knee. The UFC then tapped Barão as Faber’s opponent in a now, interim title match. ‘The California Kid’ earned his last win in November of last year, submitting former WEC champ Brian Bowles at UFC 139.

Barão is undefeated in twenty-nine straight matches and is currently riding an eighteen fight win streak dating back to April 2008. The Brazilian is 3-0 in the UFC, earning a unanimous decision against Scott Jorgensen in February at the UFC 143 show. Barão also picked up wins against Brad Picket at UFC 138, in a one round “Fight of the Night” bout which saw him use a rear-naked choke to force the tap, and a win in Barão’s Octagon debut at UFC 130 with a decision against Cole Escovedo.


Pacquiao vs. Bradley Results: Live Updates of Undercard and Main Event

Timothy Bradley will face Manny Pacquiao for the WBO welterweight title Saturday night in Las Vegas. (Getty Images)

MMA Fighting has live results of of the Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley fight card in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

When the main event begins, around 11:30 p.m. ET, check out our Pacquaio vs. Bradley live blog for live round-by-round updates. Prior to the main event, we’ll have live updates and results on all the undercard fights below.

Check out the Pacquiao vs. Bradley results below.

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UFC on FX 3 Main Event Breakdown: Demetrious Johnson vs. Ian McCall

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It feels unnecessary to break down a fight that already happened just three months ago. After all, everything you need to see is right there. Because there was only 98 days between fights, there wasn’t much time to make adjustments, let alone add anything of major importance to change the complexion of the rematch.

The first time around between Demetrious Johnson and Ian McCall saw a close opening two rounds while McCall blew out Johnson in the third, nearly finishing with ground strikes in the fight’s final moments. It was ultimately ruled a majority draw after scoring errors were corrected, necessitating a second bout between them.

Right now, Johnson is considered a slight favorite in the UFC on FX 3 rematch, a big change from March, when he was a major 3-to-1 favorite to win and advance to a UFC flyweight title fight. It can be argued, though, that McCall was the better fighter that night. Of the two, he certainly came closer to finishing, proved to have the superior wrestling, and somewhat surprisingly, illustrated the better gas tank.

The two are very different kinds of strikers. While Johnson utilizes excellent footwork to dart in and out and side to side, landing and then getting out of harm’s way, McCall is much more likely to anchor himself and fire back with power. Early in the first fight, that led to situations where Johnson was scoring and backing out, leaving McCall swinging at air. Yet McCall was able to make adjustments as the minutes went by, correcting his timing as Johnson came inside and also walking him backwards into more beneficial angles.

The biggest key to his success, however, was his takedowns. During the fight, he took Johnson down four times and was never taken down himself. While Johnson scrambled up quickly from the first two, McCall also made adjustments with his ground work, passing to dominant positions on three occasions in the final round as he attempted to work for the finish.

This might ultimately prove to be the key to victory here for him. In experiencing and then re-watching the fight, McCall had to have learned that taking the action to the ground is the clearest path to winning. According to FightMetric, Johnson only stops 48 percent of takedowns against him, a number that should hurt him in the rematch if McCall brings a smart fight IQ along with him. McCall boasts a strong double underhook inside trip, and also seems like the stronger of the two, allowing him to out-muscle Mighty Mouse in close quarters.

Johnson has a 59 percent takedown success rate, but he was 0-for-4 the first time around, and didn’t really come close to getting McCall down. That’s normally a big part of his offense, so an inability to get the fight down or even threaten with it quickly makes him exceedingly one-dimensional.

That said, that dimension is still a strength for him, so if the fight stays standing, Johnson might still have a slight edge. He’s a high volume puncher, which is why even after a lopsided third round in the first bout, Johnson still finished with more significant strikes (75 to McCall’s 61).

FightMetric research has Johnson as striker with 47 percent accuracy, a number far better than McCall’s 35 percent. In the first bout, Johnson consistently landed a right hand off the scramble. Another advantage he has is his ability to change stances. Moving effectively between southpaw and orthodox is a luxury few have, and he does it well, often changing the look he offer opponents. Because of the wrestling issue, don’t be surprised if he keeps the fight at greater distance than usual, putting his speed at even greater premium.

Let’s face it though, after 15 minutes fast-paced minutes in the cage together, Johnson and McCall know pretty much everything there is to know about each other. They fought standing, against the cage, on the mat and in scrambles. They felt each other’s speed and power.

In the end, I think the fighter who is more likely the beneficiary of that is McCall. He came closer to tasting victory with a stoppage, and he also came closer to tasting defeat with the initial scoring mistake. This rematch is a second chance for him, an opportunity to improve upon the performance he laid out last time. His wrestling advantage isn’t likely to go away, and as long as he properly utilizes it, he should be able to power out a victory.

Remember when it was discovered that the two would have to fight again because of the scoring mistake? Johnson was dejected and McCall was elated, likely not because one had a win taken from him and the other got a second opportunity, but because they knew that what they had just experienced was going to influence what was soon to come. Only one man left with the recipe for victory that night. McCall by decision.

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‘Shogun’ Rua vs. Brandon Vera Gets UFC on FOX 4 Main Event Slot

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With Brian Stann out of the UFC on FOX 4 main event, the UFC has scrapped the idea of a middleweight headliner.

Instead, the promotion has turned to its former light-heavyweight champion, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, who will face Brandon Vera as the anchor to the show, scheduled for August 4 in Los Angeles. The five-round matchup was confirmed on Wednesday night, with the promotion saying that verbal agreements were in place.

Stann had been expected to fight the debuting Hector Lombard, but withdrew on Wednesday, citing an injured shoulder.

The UFC didn’t wait long in finding its replacement.

Rua (20-6) will be competing for the first time since his November 2011 classic against Dan Henderson, a fight which he lost by decision. He’s split his last six fights. He had been scheduled to fight at UFC 149, but after losing his own opponent, Thiago Silva, due to injury, accepted the opportunity to move to the new date.

Vera had also penciled into a fight, lined up to face James Te Huna in July before the UFC reshuffled the deck.

The opportunity presents the possibility of a major turnaround for the 34-year-old Vera (12-5, 1 no contest), who was briefly released by the UFC last year after losing to Silva, a result that was later changed to a no contest after Silva admitted to using a urine alduterant during a post-fight drug test. As a result, Vera’s release was rescinded. Since then, he has fought once, earning a unanimous decision win over Eliot Marshal last October.

While the UFC noted that a new opponent would soon be found for Te Huna, no further information about Lombard’s near future was offered. The 34-year-old former Bellator champion hasn’t lost a fight since 2006, a stretch of 25 consecutive bouts, and might have earned UFC’s No. 1 middleweight contender spot with a win. Instead, he’ll be left to wait for a new opponent.

Meanwhile, the injury bug has affected one other expected fight on the UFC on FOX 4 card, as Pablo Garza is out of his matchup with Josh Grispi, replaced by Rani Yahya.

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New UFC on FOX 4 main event announced: Shogun Rua vs Brandon Vera


Hold onto your hats … a pivotal Light Heavyweight showdown with major divisional ramifications on the line has been booked to headline a major mixed martial arts (MMA) event on national television:

Mauricio Rua vs. Brandon Vera is the new UFC on FOX 4 main event.

The fight, scheduled to take place on Sat., Aug. 4, 2012, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif., was announced by the promotion a short while ago.

The new main event on August 4 will be a five-round light heavyweight battle between two of the best Muay Thai strikers in the game, Brandon Vera and former champion Shogun Rua. Rua is riding the momentum of the fight of the century against Dan Henderson, while Vera is back in the win column and looking to make a statement after being sidelined earlier this year due to injury himself.

Rua is being plucked from the UFC 149 card in Calgary, where he was set to face Thiago Silva until Silva suffered an injury. Vera, meanwhile, was training for a bout with James Te Huna at the July FUEL TV event. A new opponent for Te Huna is expected to be named shortly.

Well, this one certainly sounds like it will reignite one of those west coast wild fires.

“Shogun” was in the midst of a public relations nightmare before this announcement, having been outed by UFC President Dana White after turning down a fight against Glover Teixeira after his originally scheduled opponent at UFC 149, Thiago Silva, bowed out due to injury.

Except the Rua camp denies that was ever the case.

It’s a moot point now, of course, with the Brazilian getting his next dance date pushed back a few weeks back. He’ll head back to the scene where he was robbed of a championship against Lyoto Machida back at UFC 104 in Oct. 2009.

But his opponent isn’t nearly as deadly.

That’s not to say Vera doesn’t pose problems that could prove to be significant but there’s a fairly large gap in rankings between the two. And by fairly large, I mean “Shogun” is the number four ranked light heavyweight in the world. Vera? He comes in at number 21.

But hey, that’s one better than Teixeira.

Any of you Maniacs excited for this new main event on FOX? Or are you shaking your heads with a better idea in mind? If so, let’s hear it, folks.

UFC on FOX 4 is expected to feature match-ups pitting Ryan Bader vs. Lyoto Machida, Terry Etim vs. Joe Lauzon, Oli Thompson vs. Philip De Fries and Rob Broughton vs. Matt Mitrione.

With Shogun vs. Vera headlining, of course. Somehow.

For all the latest news and notes on the Octagon’s return to the “City of Angles” click here.


Brian Stann Out of UFC on FOX 4 Main Event

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The injury bug has hit the UFC once again.

UFC on FOX 4 headliner Brian Stann has been pulled out of his Aug. 4 fight against Hector Lombard due to an injured shoulder, MMAFighting.com has confirmed with sources close to the fight. According to those same sources, Stann will not require surgery for the injured shoulder, but will be on the sidelines for approximately 6-to-8 weeks.

No word just yet on who will replace Stann against the former Bellator middleweight champion later this summer.

Stann last appeared in the Octagon this past April when he knocked out Alessio Sakara in the first round of the co-main event at UFC on FUEL TV 2.

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Video: Mark Munoz promises fireworks in UFC on FUEL TV 4 main event against Chris Weidman

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to FUEL TV for the fourth time on Wed., July 11, 2012, with its “Munoz vs. Weidman” event at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.

And Mark Munoz promises fireworks:

“Chris brings the fight, I bring the fight too. He’s got great jiu-jitsu, he’s got great wrestling; I have the same thing. I think you’re going to see a fight where it’s going to be everywhere. I think it’s going to be on the cage, it’s going to be on the ground, it’s going to be on our feet, but at the same time, you’re going to be seeing some fireworks from me and see some bombs fly from me. I know he’s going to try to do the same thing so you’re going to see a high paced fight. It’s going to be an entertaining fight, so don’t blink.”

Munoz has won his last four fights dating back to Nov. 2010. A victory over Chris Weidman may not put him next in line for a middleweight title shot but at the very least he’ll be primed for a number one contender bout. Right?

For all the latest news and notes on UFC on FUEL TV 4 click here.


Report: South Dakota Amateur Fighter Dies One Week After Competing at MMA Event

South Dakota-based mixed martial artist Dustin Jenson is dead at the age of 26.
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UFC 146: Paul Sass Happy To Be Included On “Biggest” Event Of The Year

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MMA H.E.A.T.’s Karyn Bryant talks with Paul Sass after his win over Jacob Volkmann at UFC 146. Paul talks about his preparation, his standing in the lightweight division and what he plans to do to celebrate his win.