Round 1: The first UFC flyweight bout is underway! They start trading blows from the bell, Johnson landing several leg kicks in the opening seconds. They tie up and McCall drags Johnson to the mat and begins to go to work from half guard/half mount. He tries to pass up to mount, but Johnson turns and slips out as he does so. Johnson lands some punches and then they trad knees. As expected, these two flyweights are going at a breakneck pace! McCall catches a Jonson kick and dumps him, but they scramble back up to their feet rather quickly. Johnson moves in with a flurry, but eats a big straight right from McCall. McCall lands a knee to the body and then shucks off a Johnson takedown attempt, but Johnson clocks him with an overhand right that stagger McCall. Johnson busts on another single-leg takedown, but cracks McCall again on the separation. McCall lands a leg kick, but Johnson fires back with a punch combination that finishes with a high kick. MMAWeekly.com scores round one 10-9 for Johnson.
Round 2: Johnson shoots a single, doesn’t get it, but lands a few punches as he gives it up. McCall fires right back, however. Johnson lands a couple left hooks, but McCall lands with low kicks. Johnson then follows with a flurry, but then takes a kick to the groin and the fight is stopped so he can recover. Johnson lands a kick to the body and another to the leg that causes McCall to slip momentarily, then they exchange another flurry of punches. Johnson’s speed is working well for him to this point, as he’s outlanding McCall, at least in quantity. McCall clinches and starts driving knees to the body and they exchange elbows as they separate from the clinch. Johnson lands a kick to the head, but McCall takes it keeps coming. Solid body kick from Johnson, followed by a couple of punches that find their marks. He presses McCall to the fence at the end of the round, but eats a couple knees to the body. MMAWeekly.com scores round two 10-9 for Johnson.
Round 3: McCall sneaks in a couple left hooks to open the round. McCall acts like he may have taken a low blow, but there is no referee intervention, and when McCall stands upright, Johnson tags him. They continue on, Johnson landing some good shots, but McCall scores the takedown landing in half-mount, immediately starting to ground and pound, dropping elbows and punches. Johnson scrambles, rolls out, and is quickly back to his feet. McCall clinches and suplexes Johnson, taking his back, hammering Johnson with punches. He briefly attempts a choke, but goes right back to punching and adds a couple elbows to the mix. He drops off of Johnson’s back and knees him to the ribs, but that allows Johnson to regain his feet where he’s been the more effective striker. Johnson lands a front kick and a boxing combination, but they scramble to the mat, McCall taking top position in half guard, quickly moving to full mount. McCall starts unloading with punches as Johnson turns to his stomach. McCall keeps firing, but can’t get a finish before the horn. MMAWeekly.com scores round three 10-9 for McCall, but the fight 29-28 for Johnson.
Demetrious Johnson def. Ian McCall by Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28), R3
While the scores were read as a split decision for Johnson in the ring, the commission made an error in tallying the scores. The actual scores should have read 29-29 draw, 29-29 draw, and 29-8 for Johnson, for a majority draw. The error wasn’t caught until after the event, so the sudden victory round that should have taken place didn’t, and the fight is officially changed to a majority draw for both fighters. They will rematch at a later date according to UFC president Dana White.