UFC Flyweight Tournament; Johnson vs. McCall, Benavidez vs. Urushitani

The UFC’s flyweight division will debut in March with a four-man tournament to determine the company’s first-ever 125-pound champion. UFC president, Dana White announced that Demetrious Johnson will face Ian McCall and Joseph Benavidez will meet Yasuhiro Urushitani at March’s UFC on FX 2 event.

Johnson looks to rebound from a loss to UFC bantamweight champ, Dominick Cruz in October. Johnson was expected to face Eddie Wineland at January’s UFC on FOX 2 event. Wineland is expected to remain on that card against a new opponent. McCall will make his UFC debut after competing three times under the WEC banner, earning a win over Coty Wheeler but falling short to Cruz and Charlie Valencia.

Benavidez looks to remain undefeated in the UFC after notching back-to-back decision wins over Eddie Wineland and Ian Loveland. His lone career losses came in the WEC against Dominick Cruz. Urushitani brings a five-fight winning streak into his UFC debut. The 35-year-old Shooto bantamweight champion has been fighting professionally since 2001 and holds notable career wins over John Dodson and Mamoru Yamaguchi.

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