Even though two of the four fighters competing this Friday night at UFC on FX 2 in the opening round of the UFC’s title-centric flyweight tournament will be making their promotional debuts there’s no question each is supremely skilled. In fact, even former bantamweight contender Demetrious Johnson, also part of the 125-pound field, has labeled the quartet as being comprised of the division’s top talent.
Johnson recently offered up his opinion on the group where he not only showed a great deal of respect for his peers but also the weight-class in general.
“Joseph Benavidez, we fought on the same card together and we’re pretty good buddies. We had a great time in Australia (on a recent press tour). As for Yasuhiro Urushitani, I watched a couple of his fights just to see who he was and to get a little feel for him. He seems like a pretty tough guy,” explained Johnson on the UFC’s website. “If you look at me and Joseph, we’ve been known to the world, and Ian McCall and Yasuhiro Urushitani are both champions in their own organizations. So we’ve got the best fighters in there.”
As far as his familiarity with McCall, who he faces in semifinal action, and Shooto champ Urushitani, “Mighty Mouse” apparently makes sure he’s well-informed on any opponent he could potentially face inside the Octagon.
“Honestly, I (even) keep my eye on guys that are amateur right now,” the 25-year old laughed. “I watch everybody because you never know who’s gonna be the biggest next thing. Ian McCall has done a great thing for himself going down to 125. He was doing good at 135 from what I remember and now he’s ranked number one in the world, and I can’t wait to get in there and mix it up with him.”
However, while the FX-bound foursome is only the tip of the iceberg as far as Johnson is concerned. When asked about flyweights in general, the Pacific-Northwestern responded that the group is full of, “Great guys who have great fighting skills and are non-stop action. Great cardio, great technique, and there are gonna be some finishes there as well. You can expect a lot of great things.”
Fans can watch Johnson, McCall, Benavidez, and Urushitani usher in the UFC’s eighth weight-class when things start up at 9:00 PM EST. UFC on FX 2 is headlined by a bout between welterweight contenders Martin Kampmann-Thiago Alves. Preliminary pairings will air on Facebook/Fuel TV in the preceding hours.
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