SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 03: Demetrious Johnson of the USA and Ian McCall of the USA fight during the UFC On FX flyweight bout between Demetrious Johnson and Ian McCall at Allphones Arena on March 3, 2012 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
I was Jordan Breen's guest on Press Row today and we talked about the opening round of the UFC flyweight tournament that began on UFC on FX 2. The event got all goofed up when the Australian authorities miscounted the judges scores and ruled the Demetrious Johnson vs Ian McCall bout a win for Johnson rather than a tie -- a tie that would have necessitated an immediate sudden-death round.
Instead the two will be forced to rematch at some point in the near future while Joseph Benevidez gets the extra training and recovery time to prepare for the winner of Johnson-McCall.
Here's Sherdog's description of our chat:
The pair discuss who ought to be seen as the tournament favorite, the impact of the Ian McCall-Demetrious Johnson rematch, and which 125-pounder could be the biggest star for the UFC.
The two also discuss the plight of Orange County, Urijah Faber's chin, the Combat Sports Authority of New South Wales and the potential insanity of the forthcoming season of "The Ultimate Fighter."
The headline of course refers to Zuffa's only previous attempt to pull off a tournament ending in a title shot -- the ill-fated lightweight tournament of 2002-03 that was supposed to replace departing champ Jens Pulver but ended with a tie between B.J. Penn and Cael Uno that resulted in no champion being crowned and the whole division being put on hold for years.