UFC on FX 2 took place tonight from Sydney, Australia at Allphones Arena. Along with the debut of the flyweight division, the Australian crowd was witness to an amazing comeback victory in the main event between Thiago Alves and Martin Kampmann.
The flyweight tournament began with two matchups- Demetrious Johnson vs. Ian McCall and Joseph Benavidez vs. Yasuhiro Urushitana. The tournament did not begin without controversy, as Johnson took home a majority decision win, but then didn’t. Benavidez was much more decisive as he knocked out Urushitani.
Opening the main card was a middleweight matchup between The Ultimate Fighter season 11 winner Court McGee and Costa Philippou.
Astonishing finish by Kampmann steals victory from Thiago Alves
Thiago Alves controlled the fight for nearly all 14 minutes. Unfortunately for “The Pitbull”, fights are 15 minutes, and that still left some time for Kampmann.
Alves was able to methodically strike against the Dane, as Kampmann showed a few holes in his striking defense. Kampmann seemed to want to bring the fight to the ground, repeatedly going for takedowns, but being denied every time. Alves rocked Kampmann a few times with counter strikes, but Kampmann never wavered.
In the final round, Alves was still controlling the action. He stifled Kampmann, causing him to retreat. When Alves had him against the cage, for some reason, Alves went for a takedown. Alves was…successful with the takedown. But Kampmann was able to get his left arm under Alves’ neck as he was dropped to the ground. He then reversed Alves on top, gaining mount while keeping his choke in hold. Alves tapped, awarding Kampmann the big comeback victory.
Controversy mars UFC flyweight debut, as Johnson wins close decision over McCall, then doesn’t
The flyweight division officially made its debut with this matchup between “Uncle Creepy” and “Mighty Mouse”. The fight started quickly, as expected. McCall was able to get Johnson down a couple of times, but was not able to hold Johnson down. Johnson landed a counter right that seemed to stun McCall for a bit. In the second round, the active pace continued. The round felt like it lasted for fifteen minutes with all of the action going on. Johnson was kicked right in the mouse trap by McCall, causing a brief break.
The third round led to the most decisive round, with McCall dominating on the ground over the last three minutes. By the end, McCall was yelling while continually punching the turtled Johnson.
But it was all for not for McCall, as Johnson took the majority decision, much to the crowd’s chagrin.
But then it was all for not for Johnson, as Dana White announced at the post-fight press conference that the fight should have been scored a draw, as one judge scored the third round 10-8 for McCall. Johnson and McCall will rematch, with the the second matchup likely taking place in April.
Benavidez welcomes Urushitani to the UFC, Urushitani wishes he declined the invitation
This decision was much more evident this time around, as Benavidez was able to display his strength advantage throughout the 5:11 they fought. In the first round, Benavidez was able to muscle Urushitani to the ground, and nearly pulled off a guillotine in mount. He then took his back and had a neck crank in position as the bell rang to end the first round.
Urushitani came out at the beginning of the second and sent a kick that Benavidez could see from a mile away. He countered with a strong right hook, and the ref was pulling him off of Urushitani not long after that.
Benavidez will now sit back and watch the second McCall/Johnson matchup to see who he faces in the finals to determine the first ever UFC flyweight champion.
Costa Philippou keeps fight on the feet, crushing The Crusher’s hopes
Philippou came out looking to dance, as he strayed away from McGee throughout the first 30 seconds. He connected with a knee and then an uppercut a few seconds later. The crowd doesn’t enjoy the action of the next few minutes; as the first boos make their appearance.
Philippou started to find his range as he begun to catch McGee’s kicks and connects with counter punches. McGee closes the first round out strong with a great combination of punches.
Philippou was much more active and much more accurate in the second round, as he connected on McGee throughout the round. That continued through the third round. Even though McGee had an array of head strikes via head kicks and spinning elbows, it was not enough for McGee.
MAIN CARD (FX)
- Martin Kampmann def. Thiago Alves via submission (guillotine choke) at 4:12 of Round 3
- Joseph Benavidez def. Yasuhiro Urushitani via TKO (strikes) at 0:11 of Round 2
- Demetrious Johnson draws Ian McCall via majority draw (29-28, 29-29, 28-28)
- Costa Philippou def. Court McGee via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- James Te Huna def. Aaron Rosa via TKO (strikes) at 2:08 of Round 1
- Anthony Perosh def. Nick Penner via TKO (strikes) at 4:59 of Round 1
- Steven Siler def. Cole Miller via unanimous decision (29-28,29-28,29-28)
- Andrew Craig def. Kyle Noke via unanimous decision (29-28,29-28,29-28)
- T.J. Waldburger def. Jake Hecht via submission (armbar) at :55 of Round 1
- Daniel Pineda def. Mackens Semerzier via Submission (triangle armbar) at 2:05 of Round 1
Preliminary Card (Facebook)
- Shawn Jordan def. Oli Thompson via TKO (strikes) at 1:07 of Round 2