Dana White: Commission screwed up, Demetrious Johnson vs. Ian McCall; rematch forthcoming [UPDATED]

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief


The controversial decision in the Demetrious Johnson vs. Ian McCall fight at UFC on FX 2 has gotten even more controversial. Scores for the fight were read in favor of Johnson as a majority decision, but there was confusion initially in the cage.

Ring announcer Bruce Buffer proclaimed it a majority decision for Johnson, but announced that both Johnson and McCall had taken cards of 29-28 in the fight. It was then reported that Johnson had two cards of 29-28 with a 29-29 card for the majority.

However, UFC President Dana White revealed after the event that the Australian governing body for the fight screwed up the scorecards. The fight was actually a draw, with Johnson taking a 29-28 scorecard and two judges scoring the fight a draw at 28-28 and 29-29, respectively. Had that been read correctly initially, the two would have engaged in a contracted “sudden death” round to determine the victor.

Now, however, the two fighters will be put into a rematch to determine an opponent for Joseph Benavidez, who decisively won his tournament fight against Yasuhiro Urushitani.

Penick’s Analysis: This is a massive mess. Considering they had a “sudden death” round in place specifically for this situation, it’s inexcusable that this has happened. Now Benavidez is either left on the sidelines or has to win another fight before a Title bout is made, and there’s no telling exactly when Johnson and McCall will be able to go. For McCall, this gives him another chance to gain a shot at the UFC’s Flyweight Title, but this is just a major, major mess that should have been avoided.

UPDATE: Edited with the correct scores of the draw. One judge gave the first round a 10-10, then split the last two for the 29-29, another gave Johnson rounds one and two, giving McCall a 10-8 third round for a 28-28, and the final judge scored it in Johnson’s favor 29-28.


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