Just weeks after a scoring miscalculation caused controversy with their first matchup, Ian McCall and Demetrious Johnson officially have a date for their rematch. While it was speculated that the two would square off at The Ultimate Fighter Live finale on June 1st, they will actually be fighting a week later at a yet-to-be-announced city and venue at UFC on FX 3.
McCall and Johnson officially fought to a draw at UFC on FX 2 in Sydney, Australia on March 3rd, although that result went through a few stumbling blocks before being determined that was the actual result. The original announcement following the fight was that it was a split decision for Johnson. However, reporters on-scene began to look into the scorecards, determining that it should have been a majority decision for McCall. Then at the post-fight press conference, UFC President Dana White announced that even that was a mistake, and that a miscalculation caused for the controversy. He stated that the fight should have been declared a draw and should have gone into a 4th “sudden death” round, which was created specifically for the tournament so that there was not a draw. White announced that the two would rematch immediately, with the winner facing the tournament’s other semi-final winner, Joseph Benavidez, later this year.
McCall (11-2-1) was making his UFC debut at the event, this after forfeiting his flyweight title with Tachi Palace Fights in which he won in 2011. “Uncle Creepy” actually fought previously in the WEC at bantamweight, going 1-2, which included a loss to current UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz.
Johnson (14-2-1), like McCall, also has a loss to Cruz on his record. That came in his last fight at bantamweight in October 2011, prior to dropping to flyweight for the UFC’s flyweight tournament. “Mighty Mouse” is getting married in April, so a rematch with McCall had to be put on hold until this summer.
Much like the original matchup, the bout will be scheduled for three rounds and will have a “sudden death” round take place if necessary.
Also added to UFC on FX 3 is a bantamweight matchup between Dustin Pague and Jared Papazian. Both are coming off of losses in their UFC debuts, with Pague losing to John Albert via TKO at The Ultimate Fighter season 14 finale in December. Papazian, meanwhile, lost his debut against Mike Easton at UFC on FX 1 in January, losing via majority decision.
One other matchup announced by the UFC for the event is a middleweight matchup between Buddy Roberts and Caio Magalhaes. Both will be making their UFC debuts after both had their first scheduled matchups scratched due to injuries to their scheduled opponent.
A city and venue for UFC on FX 3 will be determined by fans who voted in the Harley-Davidson Hometown Throwdown
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