UFC Flyweight Tournament will Utilize Sudden Victory Round

February 23, 2012
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The UFC is going to crown a flyweight champion, judges be damned.

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.

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  • “Sudden victory round”? Pshh, LOL

    They need to man up and go full Kumite – Frank Dux style and dip their gloves in resin and broken glass. “nut su kaw, nut su kaw, nut su kaw” 🙂

  • MikeMc1983

    I always wondered what they would do If the overtime round ends in a draw? I understand it’s not likely, but seems plausible. A guy wins the round, but gets a point taken somehow.

  • This is as close as we are going to get to a UFC Grand Prix. Which is probably for the best but still a bit sad.

  • andthenisaid

    Cruiserweights please. 225 limit