‘Sudden Death’ Round Added to UFC Flyweight Tournament Fights

Written by Tom Ngo
February 23rd, 2012

UFC Bantamweight Demetrious Johnson

Unlike with other mixed martial art tournaments, the UFC has taken an unprecedented step to ensuring their flyweight tourney concludes as quickly as possible. While appearing on TapouT Radio, 125-pound contestant Demetrious Johnson (Pictured) revealed the organization had him and opponent Ian McCall sign a contract that provides a “sudden death” round should the judges render their scrap a draw.

“I don’t know if anybody has said anything about it, and this is the first time I’m mentioning it, is that [McCall and I] had to sign for a ‘sudden death’ bout,” Johnson shared. “If it goes to three rounds, and the judges can’t decide who the winner is, then we’ll do a 4thRound.”

There aren’t many better ways to build a credible weight class than to anoint a champion, so the UFC’s anxiousness for wanting to crown a king in their brand new division is obvious. While Johnson wasn’t able to confirm whether Yasuhiro Urushitani and Joseph Benavidez, the flyweights meeting on the other end of the four-man tournament brackets, also had to agree to the sudden death stipulation, it would only make sense that they were required to ink the same agreement.

“I’m assuming that it’s for me and Ian McCall. I can’t say if it’s going to be for Joseph and Yasuhiro, because I’m not gonna say that the UFC made those guys sign, too. I’m telling you, specifically, that I signed a contract for an extra round on the bout agreement.

“I’m not gonna say that they did. I’m assuming, in my unprofessional opinion, that they did as well.”

The tournament kicks off March 3rd at “UFC on FX: Alves vs. Kampmann.” The winners will meet at a later date to determine who will be the first to don UFC flyweight gold.

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