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UFC flyweight tournament will feature “sudden victory” format

In their ongoing quest to improve MMA it appears the UFC has a new system they’ll be testing out starting next month when four flyweights meet to determine the two men who will fight for the division’s inaugural championship. Apparently, if either fight is ruled in a Draw a “sudden victory” format will be implemented featuring an additional round of action.

Demetrious Johnson, who lost in his quest to claim the bantamweight title from Dominick Cruz last year, told TapouT Radio recently that he has signed a contract for such a situation against opponent Ian McCall if the bout is even at the end of three frames.

Along with Johnson-McCall, Joseph Benavidez and Yasuhiro Urushitani will meet in the other semifinal on March 3 at UFC on FX 2: Alves vs. Kampmann.

“I don’t know if anybody has said anything about it, and this is the first time I’m mentioning it, is that we (McCall and myself) had to sign for a ‘sudden death’ bout,” Johnson said. “If it goes to three rounds, and the judges can’t decide who the winner is, then we’ll do a fourth round.”

Johnson added that he does not know if the UFC made the other semifinal pair sign the same deal but it is likely that they did. Along with the 125-pound semifinals, talented welterweights Thiago Alves and Martin Kampmann will collide in the main event.