The Ultimate Fighting Championship begins the first leg of its 125-pound tournament with two semi-final bouts at next week’s UFC on FX 2 in Sydney. They don’t want a re-run of B.J. Penn and Caol Uno when the two fought for the UFC lightweight championship.
Penn and Uno wound up a split draw, prompting the promotion to suspend its lightweight division.
Demetrious Johnson, in an interview with Tapout Radio, revealed that the upcoming flyweight tournament bouts, if they end in a draw after three rounds, would go into overtime.
“If it goes to three rounds, and the judges can’t decide who the winner is, then we’ll do a fourth round,” he stated.
MMAWeekly.com later confirmed with UFC officials that the tournament format would indeed include a “sudden victory” round, the same as the UFC has utilized on its reality series The Ultimate Fighter.
If the fight ends in a three-round draw, the competitors will fight another five-minute stanza to declare a winner.
Demetrious Johnson faces Ian McCall in one half of the bracket, while Joseph Benavidez squares off with Yasuhiro Urushitani in the other semifinal bout. Both bouts take place at UFC on FX 2 next week, with the finalists set to meet later this year for the inaugural UFC flyweight belt.