The UFC will be returning to South Florida with a fight card that is packed with explosive lighter fighters who will battle in the octagon this weekend with UFC on FX 3. This event marks the first return of the promotion to the area since 2007. The main event is a rematch of a recent flyweight tournament draw between Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson and “Uncle Creepy” Ian McCall. Their first bout was initially ruled a win for Johnson but due to an arithmetic error it was later turned over to a draw. The initial match was the first in the UFC brand’s new flyweight division (125-pound weight limit). Uncle Creepy looked great with some dominant ground and pound and tenacity, but Johnson rebutted with huge heart and fast hands. The remainder of the main card features Silva versus Brenneman, Pyle taking on Neer, and Jorgenson vs. Wineland. Lets take a look at the breakdown and preview of the main card for UFC on FX 3…
UFC on FX 3 is taking place at BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida on June 8th, 2012. The first two fights of the preliminary card will air on Facebook at 5pm EST. The seven televised preliminary card fights will begin at 6pm EST on the FUEL TV network. The five fight main card begins at 9pm EST on FX.
UFC on FX 3 will feature:
125 lbs.: Demetrious Johnson vs. Ian McCall
Main Card (FX Channel):
170 lbs.: Charlie Brenneman vs. Erick Silva
170 lbs.: Josh Neer vs. Mike Pyle
145 lbs.: Scott Jorgensen vs. Eddie Wineland
Preliminary Card (FUEL TV):
145 lbs.: Leonard Garcia vs. Matt Grice
170 lbs.: Mike Pierce vs. Carlos Eduardo Rocha
170 lbs.: Seth Baczynski vs. Lance Benoist
135 lbs.: Dustin Pague vs. Jared Papazian
155 lbs.: Tim Means vs. Justin Salas
185 lbs.: Caio Magalhaes vs. Buddy Roberts
Preliminary Card (Facebook):
155 lbs.: Bernardo Magalhaes vs. Henry Martinez
170 lbs.: Jake Hecht vs. Sean Pierson
UFC on FX 3 Main Card Breakdown and Preview
Wineland vs. Jorgenson is a bantamweight division (135-pound weight limit) match up that has tremendous potential for fight of the night. Eddie Wineland comes in with an 18-7-1 record with 9 knockouts. He will be looking to defend the takedown and use his reach to obtain victory. If taken down, he is competent off his back with 5 submission victories but Jorgensen maintains a furious pace on the ground with a brutal ground and pound attack. That being said, Scott Jorgensen brings his 13-5 record to the table and will spend most of the fight looking for the takedown. If he wants to keep the fight standing, he will need to get inside of Wineland’s reach and work the dirty boxing.
Mike Pyle and Josh Neer will be competing in the welterweight division (170-pound weight limit). Both fighters possess a very substantial amount of experience and are very well rounded. Pyle is 22-8 with 16 wins coming via submission. With respect to who has the advantage on the ground, Pyle is very even when compared with Neer, who comes in with 12 of his 33 wins obtained via submission. Both utilize very balanced striking, with the slight edge being given to Neer because of his relentless pace and granite chin. Given this well rounded match up, this fight will most likely not reach the judges scorecards.
The next match up is Silva v. Brenneman, which takes place in the welterweight division (170-pound weight limit). Erick Silva is a dynamic Brazilian with a 13-2 record. He has great Muay Thai and black belts in both Judo and Jiu Jitsu. Charlie Brenneman is a grind it out wrestler with a 15-3 record and 8 wins by decision. Silva outclasses Brenneman in most aspects with more accurate and aggressive striking, as well as superior grappling. The key for Brenneman will be for him to neutralize Silva’s attacks and control the fight for the long haul. Despite the countering styles, look for this fight to be finishing early.
Now the fight we have all been waiting for, the main event of Johnson v. McCall. The winner of this bout faces Joseph Benavidez from Team Alpha Male for the inaugural UFC Flyweight Championship. Mighty Mouse (Johnson) is 14-2-1 with most of his fights being an entire weight class higher. Uncle Creepy (McCall) is 11-2-1, but hasn’t been facing the same caliber opponents in the smaller organizations. In the striking department, Johnson may have the fastest hands in the entire UFC organization and he posses a slight edge over McCall. The grappling advantage is given to McCall, who had top position for most of their first fight. This fight has a lot to live up to, because their first match was epic. Look for this one to go to either the judges after some very action packed rounds or a very fast flash and dynamic finish.
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