Big fight for Mighty Mouse

NEIL SPRINGER, Special to QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:43 AM ET

TORONTO - If Demetrious (Mighty Mouse) Johnson can see eye-to-eye with Ian (Uncle Creepy) McCall on one thing, it’s that he can’t wait to put their rivalry to bed.

“I’m just sick and tired of talking about it,” Johnson told QMI Agency. “I’m ready to get it over with and move onto the next chapter of my career. I’m sure he feels the same way.”

Johnson rematches McCall in the main event of UFC on FX 3 in Sunrise, Fla., on Friday. The two were originally paired up in March as part of a four-man flyweight tournament to crown the first-ever UFC 125-pound champion.

After 15 thrilling minutes that saw Johnson edge McCall in the first two rounds, but almost fall victim to ground-and-pound in the third, the former bantamweight title challenger was announced the winner via majority decision.

Johnson headed back to his locker room secure in knowing that Joseph Benavidez was the last person standing between him and UFC gold. The only problem was the bout was actually scored a majority draw and the head of the Combat Sports Authority of New South Wales had tallied the scorecards wrong.

Had the correct scores been recorded, the bout would have seen an overtime round.

“Basically, when I got in the back, the staff asked to speak with me privately,” Johnson said. “(UFC president) Dana White was like, ‘Hey, I have some bad news and some good news. The bad news is the fight should have been a draw, but I’m going to take care of you.’

“I was like: ‘OK, sounds good. It sucks, but I’m not going to complain. What are we going to do about it?’ He said: ‘We’re going to do the fight again.’ I was like: ‘Sounds good. Let’s do it.’”

For both fighters, this marks the first immediate rematches of their respective careers. Though they each have an idea what the other man brings to the table, Johnson said he didn’t feel the need to reinvent himself in the gym.

“No, the first two rounds, I was giving it to him,” Johnson said. “In the last round, I made a mistake. I threw a flying knee, he caught it and it was all downhill from there. I’m just going to go out there and do my thing.

“When I got back to the gym, I just worked on my overall game — my strength, my conditioning, my diet. When I fought him the first time, my diet was on point. I cut maybe one pound the day of the weigh-in. This time I came in a lot bigger. I feel a lot stronger. I just feel better.”

The error in judgement almost cost him the fight, as McCall unloaded with strikes on the mat. Though it looked close to being stopped, Johnson said he wasn’t hurt by the blows.

“I was never hurt,” Johnson began. “That’s the thing, when he was on my back, I was never about to get knocked out. I was just trying to defend myself intelligently, not stupidly and protect my face. I gave the ref a thumbs up and he went:, ‘You have to fight back.’ That’s why I just started back-handing Ian, just because it was like: ‘I have to fight. I’m not hurt, but I’ve got to keep on moving.’

“So I wasn’t hurt and if I needed to go out there in a fourth round, I would have got off my stool and went out there and fought. I wouldn’t be like: ‘No, I’m done.’”

Though Johnson said he wasn’t hurt by the blows, he admitted the referee could have stopped the fight if McCall hadn’t started showboating.

“At the time, I was like: ‘How dare you?’ when he was on my back because I was still conscious and still thinking in the fight,” Johnson said. “I was like: ‘How dare you do that to me on my back.’ It was what it was.

“I’m sure if he stayed focused on the task at hand, the ref would have just stopped it because he was pounding me. When he started showboating, the ref was like: ‘OK, this ground-and-pound isn’t even hitting this guy hard.’

“He was doing his job, which is to entertain. He’s even said: ‘My job is to entertain.’ He got caught up in the moment.”

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