The UFC has implemented an interesting stipulation for this weekend’s flyweight tournament at UFC on FX 2 featuring stand-outs Yasuhiro Urushitani, Ian McCall, Joseph Benavidez, and Demetrious Johnson. Apparently, to avoid a situation potentially holding the championship-crowning final up, a “sudden victory” format will be used allowing for a fourth frame in the event of a Draw after the first three rounds have been completed.
The change from past policy was first revealed by Johnson as a guest on TapouT Radio.
While it’s unknown if the UFC will use a similar layout in future fights it appears the company is at least acknowledging the dissatisfying feeling of a great bout ending in tie.
Johnson faces McCall, a newcomer considered by many to be one of the top 125ers in MMA, on Friday night with Benavidez battling Shooto champ Urushitani. The card is headlined by polished pugilist Martin Kampmann colliding with hard-hitting Thiago Alves. Things start on FX at 9:00 PM EST with prelims airing earlier on Facebook/Fuel TV.
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MMATraining Take: I suspect the UFC can only use this format in regions that lack an athletic commission, though hopefully they’ll find a way to convince Stateside boards that “sudden victory” is the way to just like five-round, non-title main events were. Also, kudos to the marketing person who decided to call it “sudden victory” instead of “sudden death” based on the negative connotation the later creates given the stakes involved in MMA.