Lost in the madness of last night’s calculation blunder was the fact the UFC missed out on a golden opportunity to kick off their flyweight division in grand fashion. The organization specifically incorporated a sudden death stipulation in tournament contracts to ensure winners would be determined in the event of a draw.
Although it was announced Demetrious Johnson had edged out a razor-thin majority decision (then later a split decision) win over Ian McCall, it was discovered Craig Waller, the executive director of Combat Sports Authority of New South Wales, had left his calculator at home and incorrectly tallied one of the judge’s scorecards.
When fans first heard the disturbing news, their responses mirrored UFC president Dana White’s (Pictured), “You’ve got to be [expletive] me. How is this possible?”
“Unfortunately, controversy has stuck to us like glue lately,” a disappointed White expressed at the post-fight press conference. “The fight was a draw. In the case of a draw, the fight was supposed to go to a 4thRound. I mean I don’t even know what to say, but the commission has taken responsibility.”
Immediately after UFC announcer Bruce Buffer reported the verdict, a chorus of boos rained down from inside Allphones Arena in Sydney. A completely opposite reaction could have erupted if the scores would have been tabulated correctly.
“Imagine if they would have come out and said, ‘This is going to a 4thRound,'” White hypothesized. “The crowd would have went crazy. People at home would have went crazy. It would have been an incredible atmosphere and an incredible moment.
“I would rather have ended it [in Australia]. We had two badass fights that everybody loved that would have led into the title fight. That would have been best-case scenario. There’s nothing good about this, but what can you do?”
The 125-pounders will now rematch at a later date, with the victor advancing to face Joseph Benavidez to become the UFC’s first flyweight king. As the old adage goes, “Every dark cloud has a silver lining.” Johnson and McCall were both awarded with a $50,000 ‘Fight of the Night‘ check and their ‘win bonuses.’