UFC on FX 2: Alves vs Kampmann takes place March 3rd, 2012 from the Allphones Arena in
This card features a main event welterweight showdown between perennial top contender Thiago “The Pitbull” Alves vs Martin “The Hitman” Kampmann with UFC welterweight title implications on the line. Also on the card is the start of the UFC Flyweight tournament (125lbs). The fighters that are taking part in this tournament are two top UFC bantamweight fighters, Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson and Joseph Benavidez. Then to round out the tournament two other top flyweights from other promotions Yasuhiro Urushitani and Ian McCall. The winner of this four man tournament will be crowned the UFC’s initial flyweight champion. Then to start off the main FX card is former Ultimate Fighter season 11 winner Court McGee vs knockout artist and fast rising Constantinos Philippou.
For those of you who do not know who Ian McCall is here is some background information on the former Tachi Palace Fights Flyweight champion. McCall has a professional MMA record of 11-2. Of those eleven wins, four have come from KO/TKO, 3 from submissions and 4 decision wins. McCall did have a brief run in the World Extreme Cagefighting(WEC). He fought three times there and posted a 1-2 record. His lone win came against Coty Wheeler, and his 2 losses came against current UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz and Charlie Valencia. McCall is a very well rounded mixed martial artist.
Joe Rogan has said if the UFC ever got a flyweight division Demetrious Johnson would be perfect for it. Johnson is a 5'3 scrappy dynamo. A high level wrestler who is motivated to provide a better life for his family. Johnson who has a professional MMA record of 14-2 has gone under a lot of peoples radar for far too long. Of his fourteen wins, three have come from KO/TKO, six from submission and 5 from decisions. His only losses have come from current UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz and Brad Pickett in his WEC debut.
As much hype as McCall has from the hardcore MMA fans, Johnson is going to be too much for McCall to handle. The only way I see McCall winning is if Johnson has a bad weight cut (since this is the first time for Johnson fighting at 125lbs) or Johnson is affected by traveling overseas to fight. I do not see this being a problem for Johnson because when we interviewed him for our A Warrior's Journey: Fighter Profile series, he said he has already taken steps to ensure those two things will not be an issue come this weekend. I see this fight being a fast pace, non stop action fight, with Johnson getting the nod. Johnson will use his speed, UFC experience and superior wrestling to keep the former Tachi Palace Fights champ confused and off balance. Johnson wins in a great fight
The betting line says it all. Benavidez was the #2 bantamweight fighter in the world before dropping down a weight class to the UFC's newly created flyweight division. Benavidez has a 15-2 professional mixed martial arts record. His only two losses have come against UFC bantamweight king pin Dominick Cruz. Notice the pattern with Benavidez, Johnson and McCall? They have all lost to Cruz. Shows just how good the UFC bantamweight champion is. Urushitani has not come close to fighting the high level competition that Benavidez has, and it will show in this fight. This could be a short night of work for Benavidez. Although it is MMA and anything can happen.
On paper this fight looks like a classic grappler vs striker match-up. McGee who has 13 professional MMA wins to only one loss, has won 7 by submission. McGee who bounced back from dark times in his life to be a high level mixed martial artist, looks for a big win to prove he still belongs as an on the rise prospect. For McGee's opponent Philippou, he has a professional MMA record of 9-2-1. Five of those wins have been via KO/TKO. Philippou, a Golden Gloves finalist has high level boxing skills for MMA. If his opponent is not ready for his boxing game, they are going to be put to sleep fast. In McGee's past fights he has absorbed some big strikes on the feet. In MMA it is hard to replicate in practice or sparring the hand speed and the sudden power of a high level boxer. Philippou makes a dramatic statement and pulls the huge upset.
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