It ain’t over until it’s over. Perhaps the longstanding American phrase loses something in translation when converted to Portuguese, because Thiago Alves (Pictured) fumbled away a surefire unanimous decision victory in the last minute on Saturday in Australia.
Outside of eating a foot to the face in the opening round from Martin Kampmann, Alves essentially dominated most of their welterweight affair until he inexplicably attempted a double-leg takedown on a wobbled Kampmann.
On their way to the canvas, the Brazilian was caught in a desperation guillotine choke and was forced to tap with only 48 ticks remaining in the main event.
The UFC’s first flyweight fight resulted in arguably the biggest blunder in mixed martial arts history. Please click HERE to read the unbelievable controversy surrounding the Demetrious Johnson vs. Ian McCall matchup.
Quick Results (Play-by-Play):
Shawn Jordan Defeated Oli Thompson via TKO (Strikes) at 1:07 in the 2ndRound
Daniel Pineda Defeated Mackens Semerzier via Submission (Triangle Armbar) at 2:05 in the 1stRound
TJ Waldburger Defeated Jake Hecht via Submission (Armbar) at :55 in the 1stRound
Andrew Craig Defeated Kyle Noke via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Steven Siler Defeated Cole Miller via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Anthony Perosh Defeated Nick Penner via TKO (Punches) at 4:59 in the 1stRound
James Te Huna Defeated Aaron Rosa via TKO (Punches) 2:08 in the 1stRound
Constantinos Philippou Defeated Court McGee via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Demetrious Johnson vs. Ian McCall resulted in Majority Draw (29-28, 28-28, 29-29)*
Joseph Benavidez Defeated Yasuhiro Urushitani via TKO (Punches) at :11 in the 2ndRound
Johnson and Benavidez will meet in the flyweight tournament finals to become UFC’s first 125-pound champion.
Martin Kampmann Defeated Thiago Alves via Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 4:12 in the 3rdRound
* – Was originally announced as a majority decision victory, then split decision win for Johnson.
Fight of the Night:
Demetrious Johnson and Ian McCall ($50,000/each)
Submission of the Night:
Martin Kampmann ($50,000)
Knockout of the Night:
Joseph Benavidez ($50,000)
According to UFC president Dana White, the show set a Fight Night attendance record with 14,537 fans, garnering a live gate of $2.3 million.
White’s initial response to Johnson vs. McCall blunder, “Are you f******* s****** me?”
He’s unsure when the rematch will take place.
In addition to awarding Johnson and McCall with ‘Fight of the Night’ honors, both were paid their ‘win bonus.’
Despite the judging miscalculation, White has no qualms with coming back to Australia.
When asked if welterweight champ Carlos Condit could face Martin Kampmann, White said it depends on how Georges St-Pierre’s knee heals.
White reiterated that Condit can sit and wait for GSP if he wants, he’s earned the right.
(Picture provided by Steven Houchin of Shotgun Images)