When the UFC added a ‘sudden death’ clause to their flyweight tournament bouts, it was a cool nod to the slight possibility of a draw but no one really expected it would actually be needed. Crazily enough though, it was in the Demetrious Johnson vs Ian McCall fight. Crazier still, we didn’t get that fourth round because someone from the Combat Sports Authority of New South Wales added up the score totals wrong, awarding the fight incorrectly to Johnson:
Judge Sal D’Amato, who had given Johnson the opening two rounds with 10-9 marks, awarded McCall the third with a 10-8 score, which should have resulted in 28-28 total. With Anthony Dimitriou issuing a 29-29 score and Kon Papai awarding Johnson the fight 29-28, the fight should have been a majority draw, which under the special rules in place for the fight would have resulted in a fourth, sudden-victory round.
But when transferring the scores issued by the judges to the tabulating sheets, Waller accidentally recorded a 10-9 round in McCall’s favor on D’Amato’s card. That meant D’Amatos’ total was incorrectly announced as 29-28 for Johnson, giving “Mighty Mouse” a majority decision.
“It was a bit of an unfortunate situation,” Waller said. “I take full responsibility for what happened. The fight should have been a majority draw. We should have gone to a fourth round. I sincerely apologize to both fighters, to Dana, and to every single fan of the UFC.”
Dana White, as you can imagine, was oh so thrilled:
“As soon as the show ended, they came over and told me,” White said. “After the card was done, they came up to me, and I said, ‘You’ve got to be [expletive] me. How is this possible?'”
“Imagine if they would have come out and said, ‘This is going to a fourth round,'” White said. “The crowd would have went crazy. People at home would have went crazy. It would have been an incredible atmosphere and an incredible moment.
“There’s nothing good about this, but what can you do? The commission owned up to it, apologized for it, and all we can do is move on.”
Since we got screwed out of that sudden death sh*t via some commission yakkety sax, I guess we’ll have to settle for a rematch between Mighty Mouse and Uncle Creepy. Who knows, maybe this bit of controversy will end up bringing more attention to the flyweights in the end, which can only be a good thing. See, there we go. Glass half full, glass half full. Don’t think about that epic sudden death match we were jipped out of. Don’t. Think. About. It. FFFFFFUUUUUUU!
(pic via Tracy Lee’s Combat Lifestyle photoblog)