UFC on FX 3 now has a location, as promotion officials
announced Thursday that the June 8 event will take place at the
BankAtlantic Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Headlined by a pivotal flyweight rematch between Demetrious
Johnson and Ian McCall,
the event is also expected to feature a pair of bantamweight
confrontations pitting Jared
Papazian against Dustin
Pague and Scott
Jorgensen against Eddie
Nicknamed the Harley-Davidson Hometown Throwdown, the event marks
UFC’s first trip to the Sunshine State since UFC
Fight Night 17 in 2009. Fan voting helped to decide the event’s
location, and fans may also vote for one preliminary contest to
make the main draw broadcast on FX.
Johnson and McCall first squared off in the semifinals of the UFC’s
four-man flyweight tournament at
UFC on FX 2 on March 3. The verdict was initially announced as
a majority decision victory for “Mighty Mouse,” but it was later
discovered that an error was made in tallying the judges’ scores.
Though a majority draw was the true decision, the error was
uncovered after the bout, thereby preventing the men from fighting
a “sudden victory” round to decide a winner.
The winner of the rematch will square off against the other
tournament finalist, Joseph
Benavidez, to crown the UFC’s inaugural flyweight champion.
Benavidez advanced in the draw by thrashing Yasuhiro
Urushitani at UFC on FX 2, knocking out the former Shooto
123-pound champion at just 11 seconds of round two.
Johnson, 25, had a four-fight winning streak snapped last year when
he was outpointed by Dominick
Cruz in an attempt to capture the UFC bantamweight title. Known
for his superior speed and wrestling ability, “Mighty Mouse” holds
notable career victories over Norifumi
Torres and Damacio
Meanwhile, McCall has put forth multiple stellar performances since
dropping to flyweight last year after a 1-2 stint in the
WEC at 135 pounds. “Uncle Creepy” made waves by posting
successive victories over Jussier da
Ortiz and Darrell
Montague to capture the Tachi
Palace Fights flyweight championship prior to joining the UFC’s