Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson (14-2) recently talked with Crooklyn’s Corner about his upcoming tournament bout against Ian “Uncle Creepy” McCall (11-2) at UFC on FX 2 on March 3. The tourney winner will be crowned the inaugural UFC 125 lb. flyweight champion. Also debuting for the tourney will be a “Sudden Death” ruling, meaning that should three rounds end in a draw, the fighters will continue on with a final deciding round as we’ve seen in The Ultimate Fighter’s two-round bouts on the show.
I don’t know if anybody has said anything about it, and this is the first time I’m mentioning it, is that we (McCall and himself) had to sign for a ‘sudden death’ bout,” said Johnson. “If it goes to three rounds, and the judges can’t decide who the winner is, then we’ll do a fourth round.”
It would make sense that the tournament would require the same ruling across the board, but Johnson could not verify.
I’m assuming that it’s for me and Ian McCall. I can’t say if it’s going to be for Joseph (Benavides) and Yasuhiro (Urushitani), because I’m not gonna say that the UFC made those guys sign, too. I’m telling you, specifically, that I signed a contract for an extra round on the bout agreement. I’m not gonna say that they did. I’m assuming, in my unprofessional opinion, that they did as well.”
Whether the possibility of a ‘sudden death round’ is a one time deal to find a definitive winner of the tourney, or if this is something we can expect in the UFC’s future to help sort out unfinished draws is currently unanswered. It would not be a surprise as the sport continues to evolve as we recently seen with five-round non-title fights implemented. Fourth round anyone?