The UFC may have decided to make all main events going forward five-round bouts but there will be an exception to that rule, as the flyweight tournament rematch between Demetrious Johnson and Ian McCall will be contested over three rounds.
Earlier this year, Johnson and McCall fought to what was eventually ruled a Draw. However, Johnson was originally named as earning the win before an instance of “too little too late” revealed the scores had been miscalculated, robbing fans of a unique “sudden victory” format adding a fourth frame to the match-up.
“They would never fight a five-round fight. It’s not going to happen. Because if they fought a five-round fight and it was a Draw, they’d have to go to a sixth. It’s a three-round fight, if it goes to a Draw – and they add it up as a Draw – will will to a fourth,” said White, during a press conference for UFC 146 earlier this week. “It is the main event, it’s going to main event. Those guys deserve to be the main event and especially the way that everything went down.”
Their fight will headline UFC on FX 3 on June 8. The venue and location for the card will likely be announced next week when the organization reveals the winner of the Harley-Davidson Hometown Throwdown contest. The winner will advance to face Joseph Benavidez later this year for the first-ever UFC flyweight title. Other notable bouts signed to the card include Mike Pierce vs. Carlos Eduardo Rocha and Mike Pyle vs. Josh Neer.
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