Benavidez makes it to UFC flyweight tournie

Mixed martial artist Joseph Benavidez arrives at the third annual Fighters Only World Mixed Martial...

Mixed martial artist Joseph Benavidez arrives at the third annual Fighters Only World Mixed Martial Arts Awards 2010 at the Palms Casino Resort Dec. 1, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP)

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Joseph Benavidez will have to wait to see who he faces in the finals of the inaugural UFC flyweight tournament.

Benavidez earned his spot in the 125-pound championship bout after knocking out former Shooto titleholder Yasuhiro Urushitani at UFC on FX 2 in Sydney, Australia Friday. He was originally set to take on Demetrious Johnson, who was awarded a controversial split decision over Ian McCall earlier in the show.

Following the bout, the Combat Sports Authority of New South Wales revealed a tabulation error resulted in the wrong scores being recorded. The fight was actually scored a majority draw.

Judge Kon Papaioannou called the bout 29-28 for Johnson, while Anthony Dimitriou saw it even at 29-29. Sal D'Amato actually scored the fight 28-28, awarding McCall a 10-8 for his dominant third round. However, the score was accidentally recorded 10-9, erroneously awarding Johnson the bout 29-28.

Prior to the card, the UFC announced the tournament fights would be subject to a fourth overtime round in the event of a draw. Unfortunately, the error was caught too late for McCall and Johnson to continue fighting.

The two will now re-match in April while Benavidez waits patiently on the sidelines.

 


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