There were several knockouts, submissions, and back-and-forth battles to choose from at Friday night’s UFC on FX 2: Alves vs. Kampmann at the Allphones Arena in Sydney, but UFC officials had to narrow it down when issuing its $50,000 post-fight fighter bonuses… and the top of the card came shining through.
Controversy reigned over the Fight of the Night, which UFC president Dana White dubbed the flyweight semi-final bout between Demetrious Johnson and Ian McCall. After the two fighters knocked each other around for three rounds, Johnson was announced the split decision winner to a chorus of boos from the Aussie fans.
White, however, explained at the post-fight press conference that an error had been made when tabulating the scorecards for the fight, and it actually was scored a three-round draw. There should have been a “sudden victory” round, but due to the error, that extra round never took place.
Johnson and McCall had to be somewhat assuaged by nabbing an extra $50,000 each for their efforts, but fans will be the big winners, as the two will rematch again in the coming months to determine a finalist to square off with Joseph Benavidez for the first-ever UFC flyweight championship.
Benavidez, in defeating Yoshuhiro Urushitani in the other flyweight semi-final bout, also earned a $50,000 bonus. He dropped Urushitani with a counter-right punch, finishing him off with a series of right hands just 11 seconds into the second round to earn Knockout of the Night honors.
The Submission of the Night went to main eventer Martin Kampmann, who had to pull a rabbit out of his hat to score the victory. Thiago Alves had been putting the hurt to him, especially in the final minutes of the fight.
Alves, however, shot a takedown, leaving his neck exposed for Kampmann, who has an excellent guillotine choke. Kampmann took full advantage, scoring the victory and the $50,000 bonus.