UFC on FX 3 Underdog Pick: Demetrius Johnson vs Ian McCall

This much anticipated flyweight match-up is going down Friday, June 8th at 6PM/9PM PT/ET. The favorite Demetrius Johnson will be touching gloves with Ian McCall in a bout that experts are claiming is going to be the most explosive flyweight match since the last time these two guys fought. You can catch all the action live on FX with 3 hours of prelim action on FUEL TV starting at 6PM/3PM PT/ET.

BetDSI MMA odds (below) have Demetrius Johnson as a tentative favorite over the always dapper Ian McCall for this one, but keep an eye on McCall once that bell sounds. Get ready for 5 rounds of non-stop action as both of these guys are great wrestlers and have strong cardio to boot!

Ian McCall +120
Demetrius Johnson -150

How Demetrius Johnson Stacks Up

Johnson currently boasts a 14-2-1 record, with 6 of those wins coming from submission. When he gets an opponent down he is very active in ground and pound and can be dangerous with submissions, so if McCall can keep his back off the ground we might be looking at a long match. Of course, if “Mighty Mouse” Johnson can take McCall’s back then all bets are off as the rear naked choke is his signature move. He pulled that same move 3 times in a row earlier in his career for a first round victory every time.

How Ian McCall Stacks Up

For a man who spends more time waxing his mustache than fighting in the ring, McCall boasts a pretty good record. With an 11-2-1 record to date, the 2011 Comeback Fighter of the Year has a reputation for starting out strong and giving 110% all night long. With an opponent like Johnson, McCall’s best shot is to stay on his feet and go for the KO as Mighty Mouse’s cardio is no joke!

Pick

Let’s take a closer look at McCall. He’s ranked with an 89% takedown defense so he should be able to dodge Johnson’s takedown attempts. Even if the fight ends up on the mat McCall has proven that he can hold his own, has a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and only has one submission loss. He’s taken 8 of his 11 fights to the 3rd round so you know the stamina is there. It’s going to be a close one folks, but all said and done, my money’s on McCall for the win. He has the stamina to keep up with Johnson, better submission skills, and greater KO power.

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