After further review, Demetrious Johnson (Pictured) did not defeat Ian McCall on Saturday night in Australia. Although it was announced “Mighty Mouse” had taken a decision victory in the first flyweight fight in UFC history, one of the judges miscalculated on their scorecard and the contest has been changed to a majority draw.
Controversy immediately ensued after the official scores were read. UFC ring announcer Bruce Buffer reported Johnson had won via (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) majority decision. Based off those numbers, it should have actually been a split decision win for Johnson.
However, it was subsequently revealed that the verdict was inaccurately reported and Johnson was in fact victorious by way of (29-28, 29-28, 29-29) majority decision.
Upon even further examination, judge Sal D’Amato awarded McCall with a 10-8 score in the final frame. Therefore, his 29-28 tally in favor of Johnson was changed to a 28-28 draw.
The OFFICAL scorecard now reads, 28-28, 29-29, 29-28 (Johnson).
The irony of it all is, the UFC specifically added a sudden death round to the flyweight tournament just in case the bouts resulted in draws. A fourth and decisive stanza should have been executed for Johnson and McCall.
UFC president Dana White is unsure when the rematch will take place. The bright side for Johnson and McCall is that they were both awarded with ‘Fight of the Night‘ honors and their ‘win bonuses.’
Joseph Benavidez convincingly advanced to the tourney finals by knocking out Yasuhiro Urushitani in the 2ndRound of their affair. He will now sit the sidelines and await the winner of the do over.