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UFC Flyweight Tournament Fights Could Feature Sudden-Victory Fourth Round

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Next weekend in Sydney, Australia, the UFC will debut their brand-new 125-pound flyweight division with a pair of fights on the main card of UFC on FX: Alves vs. Kampmann; the winners will later meet to determine the first-ever UFC flyweight champion. And because a winner must be determined in each semi-final match, the UFC is considering an unprecedented solution. As Demetrious Johnson explained to Crooklyn:

I don’t know if anybody has said anything about it, and this is the first time I’m mentioning it, is that we (Ian McCall and himself) had to sign for a ‘sudden death’ bout. If it goes to three rounds, and the judges can’t decide who the winner is, then we’ll do a fourth round…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. [But] I’m assuming, in my unprofessional opinion, that they did as well.”

To this point, the “sudden victory round” concept has only been used for the two-round fights in the early stages of competition on The Ultimate Fighter, and has never been used for official sanctioned competition in the UFC. But if there’s any group of fighters that has the gas to do another five minutes if necessary, it’s the flyweights. Demetrious Johnson will be facing Uncle Creepy at the UFC on FX 2 show, while Joseph Benavidez will meet reigning 123-pound Shooto champ Yasuhiro Urushitani.

So what do you think? Should sudden victory rounds be used in other important fights in the UFC, or would they only create awkward delays? The full lineup of UFC on FX: Alves vs. Kampmann is below…

Thiago Alves vs. Martin Kampmann
Joseph Benavidez vs. Yasuhiro Urushitani [flyweight tournament semi-final]
Demetrious Johnson vs. Ian McCall [flyweight tournament semi-final]
Court McGee vs. Constantinos Philippou

James Te Huna vs. Aaron Rosa
Anthony Perosh vs. Nick Penner
Cole Miller vs. Steven Siler
Kyle Noke vs. Andrew Craig
TJ Waldburger vs. Jake Hecht
Oli Thompson vs. Shawn Jordan
Mackens Semerzier vs. Daniel Pineda

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Todd M- February 24, 2012 at 9:23 pm
People hate on draws in all sports but sometimes to me they are a thing of beauty. In a hour long game of football when both sides score multiple times and end up even at the bell that tells me they were even on the day. As for fighting it can be tricky because fighters only fight several times a year and a draw can stall the division as well as make for an anticlimatic finish. I was at UFC 127 when Penn drew with Fitch and it was a wierd feeling but being a BJ fan it was a better feeling than a loss I guess. The Edgar vs Maynard 2 fight was the most exciting draw I have ever seen and I thought it was fitting, if two guys can bang for a full 25 minutes and give and take the damage those guys did then a draw is the best decision possible.
KidDinomite- February 24, 2012 at 9:27 am
I think the tournament will come down to Johnson and Benavidez with Joe-B-Wan Kenobi pulling out the win. And yes, it's in the new UFC game....
Get Off Me- February 24, 2012 at 8:38 am
Basically if the fight is a draw after 3 rounds they fight a 4th.
I think we get >5 draws total a year in the UFC....Highly doubt we see a sudden victory round anytime soon.
knucklesamitch- February 24, 2012 at 7:52 am
@lenoz, I think you are taking the words that Mighty Mouse chose a little too literally. If the bout is scored a draw, there will be a 4th round, end of story.
lenoz- February 24, 2012 at 7:37 am
The odd thing here is that Johnson said the 4th round will happen if "the judges can’t decide who the winner is" - that suggests that this is about a close fight, a real close fight, and not just an ACTUAL draw that is marked even on the scorecards.... so if that's the case, what would stop the 4th round also being so close that "the judges can’t decide who the winner is"? In which case the whole thing is weird. I mean, I kind of want to imagine he really does mean it will happen if the fight is marked a draw, but it's so infinitely easier to say "if it's a draw" than "[if] the judges can’t decide who the winner is", that it leaves me guessing.
Sho Nuff- February 24, 2012 at 7:34 am
I'd like to see every fight with a sudden death final round. Don't score the first two rounds, the fighters just fight. If it goes to a third round, no matter how lopsided the first two were, the third (or fifth) is the only round that is scored for a decision when the two fighters can't settle it with a stoppage before then. The last round is 10 point must, that round's winner wins the fight. The Shogun/Rua fight, and to a lesser extent the Diaz/Condit fight, is a good example of why. From a fight sense (not a point scoring system), the guy winning the fight is the guy that has the mount after 25 minutes and is beating the shit out of the other guy.