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Booking Roundup: McCall/Johnson Rematch Set for UFC on FX 3 in June & More


(As Mighty Mouse looked into the crowd to see his wife flirting with another man, a deep seated rage began to boil inside him.) 

After a judging error in the UFC’s first ever flyweight match between Demetrious Johnson and Ian McCall robbed us of a much needed sudden death fourth round at UFC on FX 2: Kampmann vs. Alves, many of us took it as a sign that the 125 lb. division was ultimately doomed to fail. Perhaps that was a bit of an overreaction, but now we can all rest at ease, because the rematch between these two scrappy contenders has officially been booked for UFC on FX 3, which goes down on June 8th from a location TBD.

Now, we here at CP understand more than anyone that mistakes can happen, but for fuck’s sake, someone please assign a judge who can count to 30 this time around. As we’ve all griped over, the first meeting between McCall and Johnson was originally scored a split decison victory for “Mighty Mouse.” Considering how badly he was dominated by “Uncle Creepy” in the third round, this decision seemed as if it was destined to go down as one of the worst robberies in the history of the sport. Again, maybe we were overreacting, but thankfully, the error was quickly overturned, and the fight was declared a draw. Its good to know that we can now move past this debacle in as timely a manner as possible, lest we end up with a Strikeforce Heavyweight tournament situation again.

Also set for UFC on FX 3 will be a bantamweight clash between TUF 14 alum Dustin Pague and Jared Papazian. You may remember Pague as one part of the “Bible-banger” clan from last season’s The Ultimate Fighter. In his quarterfinal match, he scored a two round unanimous decision victory over Louis Gaudinot in what was later voted “Fight of the Season.” Both fighters earned $25,000 for their efforts, but unfortunately Pague’s run would come to an end in the semifinals, where he was trounced for three rounds by eventual runner-up T.J. Dillashaw. In his first official UFC fight, the bad luck would continue for Pague, as he would get steamrolled by fellow cast mate John “Prince” Albert in just over a minute of their TUF 14 Finale scrap.

Papazian, on the other hand, is coming off a razor thin majority decision loss to Mike Easton at UFC on FX: Guillard vs. Miller. The fight, which was not only action packed, but responsible for spawning this awesome bit of footage, was sadly robbed of a Fight of the Night award in favor of the Pat Barry/Christian Morecraft bout. But being the classy dude that Dana White is, Papazian was awarded a $15,000 bonus for his efforts nonetheless.

And in other fight booking news, New Jersey native Nick Catone will square off against TUF 11 vet Chris Camozzi in a middleweight contest at UFC on FX 4, which goes down just two weeks after UFC on FX 3 from the Revel Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City.

Camozzi has seen some ups and downs in his brief octagon career, rebounding from a two fight UFC losing streak by securing a third round guillotine choke victory over Dustin Jacoby at UFC on Fox 2 last January. “The Jersey Devil,” however, will be returning to the octagon for the first time in almost exactly a year. After scoring back-to-back victories over Jesse Forbes and Constantinos Phillipou, Catone was scheduled to face Aaron Simpson at UFC 136, but was forced to pull out from the match when he suffered a torn Achilles tendon that probably looked something like this. This most recent injury would be Catone’s fourth since entering the UFC for anyone who’s counting. One more, and he gets a free James Irvin bobble-head.

-J. Jones

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Kimbo Lesnar- March 21, 2012 at 11:21 am
It's "Deep seated" not "Deep seeded"! Good lord...
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