Details regarding the UFC’s June 8th event are starting to emerge. Although a venue has yet to be locked down for the Octagon’s third show on FX, UFC president Dana White confirmed Tuesday the flyweight rematch between Demetrious Johnson (Pictured) and Ian McCall will headline the festivities.
However, the 125-pounders will engage in a three-round affair with a sudden death stanza should there be a draw (AND the judges’ scorecards are tabulated correctly) after three frames. After feeling shortchanged in last month’s thriller between Jake Ellenberger and Diego Sanchez, White ordered for all UFC main events to be of the five-round variety moving forward.
While it was initially announced “Mighty Mouse” had taken a decision victory in the first flyweight fight in Octagon history earlier this month, one of the judges’ scorecards was miscalculated and the contest was changed to a majority draw.
The verdict was inaccurately reported that Johnson won via (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 goes down as, 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.
The winner of their sequel will meet Joseph Benavidez to determine the company’s first flyweight champion. Benavidez advanced to the tourney finals by knocking out Yasuhiro Urushitani in the 2ndRound of their scrap.
FX will broadcast the card’s main bouts live at 9PM ET/6PM PT.
Here is the show’s current roster:
Seth Baczynski vs. Lance Benoist
Henry Martinez vs. Bernardo Magalhaes
Dustin Pague vs. Jared Papazian
Buddy Roberts vs. Caio Magalhaes
Scott Jorgensen vs. Eddie Wineland
Mike Pyle vs. Josh Neer
Mike Pierce vs. Carlos Eduardo Rocha
Ian McCall vs. Demetrious Johnson (Three-Rounder w/ Sudden Death)