The UFC’s third broadcast on FX picked up right where the promotion’s last installment left off as flyweights Demetrious Johnson and Ian McCall met again to determine who will face Joseph Benavidez for the 125-pound title later this year. In the co-main event, UFC veteran Charlie Brenneman faced off with fast-rising Brazilian welterweight Erick Silva.

The event took place from the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla. FX aired the four-fight main card, while the preliminary card was split between Fuel TV and a Facebook stream.

Johnson punches ticket to flyweight final with win over McCall

In the second meeting between Demetrious Johnson and Ian McCall, the flyweights continued their battle where they stopped in the last meeting. However this time, there was no controversy as Johnson claimed a clear-cut unanimous decision and earned the right to fight for the division’s inaugural title.

The opening frame largely mirrored the first fight as Johnson used his striking and speed to get the better of McCall. A right hand from “Mighty Mouse” sent McCall to the canvas midway through the round.

McCall picked up the action in the second round, scoring with three takedowns, but was unable to keep Johnson on his back. Johnson’s striking continued to be the difference in the closely-contested round.

Unlike the first bout, Johnson did not tire in the final stanza. His striking and takedowns proved to be too much for McCall as he claimed the win on all three of the judges’ scorecards.

“I know Joe’s a tough guy and I’m looking forward to fighting him,” Johnson said of his next opponent Joseph Benavidez.

“I’m really disappointed,” McCall said in defeat. “I’m sorry.”

Silva puts the welterweight division on notice with submission win over Brenneman

Brazilian Erick Silva added yet another first-round finish to his resume by submitting wrestler Charlie Brenneman in the night’s co-main event.

Brenneman managed to secure multiple takedowns in the first few minutes, but he was unable to hold down the dangerous Brazilian on the ground. Silva looked for multiple spinning back kicks as the pair maintained a relentless pace. However, it was when Silva stuffed one of Brenneman’s takedown attempts that proved to be the difference in the fight. Silva took Brenneman’s back and quickly sunk in the fight-ending choke.

Silva praised the UFC for putting him in the co-main event in his first fight outside of Brazil. The win earned him a $40,000 bonus for “Submission of the Night.”

Pyle KO’s Neer with right hand

Veteran welterweight Mike Pyle looked strong early, momentarily faded, and then finished with a bang against Josh Neer.

Pyle scored with an early takedown and managed to advance to side control, but Neer was scramble back to the feet. Neer looked to finish the round strong, landing combination after combination as the opening round neared its close. With just four seconds remaining, Pyle connected with right cross that sent Neer crash face-first to the canvas.

“He got me with a couple good ones, but I’d had enough,” Pyle joked in his post-fight interview.

The performance earned Pyle the event’s “Knockout of the Night” honors.

Wineland becomes the first to finish Jorgensen

In the opening bout of the main card, bantamweight Eddie Wineland showed that the 135-pound division can score highlight-reel knockouts with a big over Scott Jorgensen.

The opening round saw Wineland use his size and reach advantage to pepper Jorgensen with both his jab and cross. Jorgensen was dropped twice, but managed to survive the round.

Jorgensen would not be so lucky in the second stanza. Despite eating a knee and having a huge cut open over his left eye, Wineland connected with a jab, hook, cross combination that sent Jorgensen crashing to the mat for good.

The back-and-forth affair was rewarded with the “Fight of the Night” award.

Preliminary Card Summary

Mike Pierce began his way back up the welterweight ladder by grinding his way to a decision win over Brazilian Carlos Eduardo Rocha. Pierce scored with multiple takedowns and controlled the positioning throughout, preventing Rocha from utilizing his dangerous submission attack.

Seth Baczynski survived two illegal knees and one judges’ questionable scorecard to take a split decision win over Lance Benoist in their welterweight contest. Benoist landed illegal strikes in the first and second rounds, but referee Chris Adams failed to deduct a point. Baczynski, however, was able to land the most significant strikes of the fight and bloodied Benoist on the way to his third straight win.

Featherweight Matt Grice showcased his strong wrestling and improved standup to dominant veteran Leonard Garcia. Grice scored with takedowns in each round and used ground and pound to earn the nod on all three scorecards.

Ultimate Fighter alum Dustin Pague used his ground game to submit Jared Papazian in their bantamweight affair. Papazian landed early from inside the clinch, but Pague scored with a trip and landed in the full mount. He took Papazian’s back and forced his to tap.

Imposing lightweight Tim Means used his 6-foot-2 frame and massive 75-inch reach to batter Justin Salas. Means connected with a big left hand that wobbled Salas right off the bat. Salas desperately looked for a takedown, but Means finished him off in just over a minute with a barrage of knees and punches.

In a battle of debuting middleweights Buddy Roberts handed Caio Magalhaes the first defeat of his career. Roberts used his superior striking and footwork to cruise past the Brazilian.

Henry Martinez picked up his first Octagon win with a decision win over Bernardo Magalhaes. Returning to his natural weight class of lightweight, Martinez looked more comfortable in his second promotional appearance.

Canadian Sean Pierson snapped a two-fight skid with a lackluster decision win over fellow welterweight Jake Hecht. With the loss, Hecht is now on a two-fight losing streak of his own.

FULL RESULTS
Demetrious Johnson def. Ian McCall by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
Erick Silva def. Charlie Brenneman by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 4:33
Mike Pyle def. Josh Neer by KO (punch). Round 1, 4:56
Eddie Wineland def. Scott Jorgensen by KO (punch). Round 2, 4:10
Mike Pierce def. Carlos Eduardo Rocha by split decision (27-30, 30-27, 30-27 x3)
Seth Baczynski def. Lance Benoist by split decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28)
Matt Grice def. Leonard Garcia by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Dustin Pague def. Jared Papazian by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 3:21
Tim Means def. Justin Salas by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 1:06
Buddy Roberts def. Caio Magalhaes by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Henry Martinez def. Bernardo Magalhaes by split decision (30-27, 29-28, 28-29)
Sean Pierson def. Jake Hecht by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)

Photo: Demetrious Johnson (L) battles Ian McCall (Heavy MMA)

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