Flyweight fight decision revised to draw
The UFC flyweight tournament semifinal bout Friday night in Sydney between Demetrious Johnson and Ian McCall has been ruled a draw, UFC president Dana White announced at the post-fight news conference.
"These things happen," White said. "Human error happens.
"The Demetrious Johnson-Ian McCall fight wasn't scored properly. The fight was a draw. In the case of a draw, the fight was supposed to go to a fourth round."
Johnson-McCall was the first flyweight bout ever held by UFC. It was part of a four-man tournament to crown the promotion's 125-pound champion.
After three rounds of action, Johnson was originally announced as the winner by split decision.
Two judges scored the fight 29-28 for Johnson. The third had McCall winning 29-28.
Shortly thereafter, the Department of Sport and Recreation in New South Wales, Australia, which oversaw the UFC on FX 2 event, revealed that Johnson had won by majority decision. It noted that one of the judges scored the bout even.
Commissioner Craig Waller also cited human error, but placed blame squarely on himself.
"I take full responsibility for the error that occurred. Unfortunately, I misread one of the scorecards," Waller said. "The fight should have been a majority draw. I apologize to both fighters, to Dana and every fan of the UFC."
White said that no date has been set for a Johnson-McCall rematch.
Johnson was disappointed to hear the outcome had been changed to a draw.
"I thought I had the victory," he said. "It (stinks) because it's going to prolong stuff. But (McCall) and I will have a rematch. I was ready to go to a fourth round. It is what it is."
In the other flyweight tournament semifinal bout, Joseph Benavidez defeated Yasuhiro Urushitani by second-round TKO.
Benavidez will await the winner of the Johnson-McCall rematch.
Franklin McNeil covers mixed martial arts and boxing for ESPN.com. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/Franklin_McNeil.