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.