UFC on FX 2: Alves vs. Kampmann | Results **Spoiler**
Main Card Martin Kampmann def. Thiago Alves via submission (guillotine)
Joseph Benavidez def. Yasuhiro Urushitani via second-round TKO
Demetrious Johnson def. Ian McCall should have been ruled draw, will rematch
Constantinos Philippou def. Court McGee via unanimous decision
James Te Huna def. Aaron Rosa via first-round TKO
Anthony Perosh def. Nick Penner via first-round TKO
Steven Siler def. Cole Miller via unanimous decision
Andrew Craig def. Kyle Noke via unanimous decision
TJ Waldburger def. Jake Hecht via submission (armbar)
Daniel Pineda def. Mackens Semerzier via submission (triangle armbar)
Shawn Jordan def. Oli Thompson via second-round TKO
UFC on FX 2 Bonuses: Johnson vs. McCall Draw Takes Fight of Night
Martin Kampmann, Demetrious Johnson, Ian McCall and Joseph Benavidez were each awarded $50,000 bonuses by the UFC following their performances Friday at UFC on FX 2 in Sydney, Australia.
In the Fight of the Night, Johnson and McCall battled three rounds to a controversial finish. Johnson was announced during the event as the winner by majority decision, but UFC president Dana White revealed at the post-fight press conference that the fight was actually a majority draw. The commission miscalculated the score and should have called for the extra sudden victory fourth round. To resolve this error, Johnson and McCall will rematch at a later date to determine an opponent for Benavidez to crown the first-ever UFC flyweight champion. In the mean time, both earned a win bonus and the Fight of the Night bonus.
Benavidez earned Knockout of the Night with his TKO over Yasuhiro Urushitani at 11 seconds of the second round. Benavidez countered a Urushitani kick with a right hand that dropped the Shooto champion. Benavidez finished on the ground with punches to earn himself at shot at the title.
Kampmann won Submission of the Night for his come-from-behind win over Thiago Alves. Trailing on the scorecards, Kampmann needed a finish in the third round to secure the win. Late in the fight, Alves looked to clinch the fight with a takedown. However, Kampmann reversed Alves to latch on a mounted guillotine, forcing the tapout with 48 seconds left in the fight.
According to White, UFC on FX 2 registered the highest gate for a Fight Night event with $2.3 million on an attendance of 14,537.
Court McGee has suffered his first loss since being crowned the winner of The Ultimate Fighter two years ago.
Constantinos Philippou defeated McGee by unanimous decision on the first fight on the main card of Friday night's UFC on FX 2 event in Australia.
It was a solid victory for Philippou and an uninspiring performance by McGee, who just didn't look like he had much to offer.
All three judges scored the fight 29-28 for Philippou, and I scored it the same way.
Philippou landed a couple of big punches in the early going and generally got the better of the punching exchanges for most of the first round. McGee did wobble Philippou with a couple of hard punches late in the first round, but Philippou had done enough before that to win the first, 10-9.
It was more of the same for Philippou in the second round, landing more effective punches than McGee and generally out-striking him however he wanted. McGee's corner told him after the second that he would have to finish the fight in the third.
Knowing he needed a stoppage, McGee got more aggressive in the third round, with takedown attempts and flying knees, but Philippou was ready for everything and able to stop McGee's attacks. The third round was McGee's best of the fight, but it wasn't enough to win the fight.
Philippou improves to 10-2 with the win, while McGee drops to 14-2 with the loss.
The Johnson-McCall fight has been ruled a draw, as the Australian commission admitted it made a mistake in tabulating the scorecards.
In the first flyweight fight in UFC history, Demetrious Johnson won a controversial, close split decision over Ian McCall, leaving the fans at UFC on FX 2 booing what they thought was a robbery.
Two judges scored it 29-28 for Johnson, while one scored it 29-28 for McCall. It's disappointing that the questionable decision may overshadow the fact that the 125-pounders put on a very good show and demonstrated why so many of us have wanted the UFC to launch a flyweight class for so long: This is a weight class with some tremendous athletes.
"I have to give it up to Ian McCall," Johnson said. "I felt I won the first two rounds. In the last round he put it on me."
Johnson was moving in and out and doing a nice job in the striking exchanges in the early going, but McCall surprised Johnson by taking him down and getting on top of him on the ground. Johnson got back to his feet without any trouble, however, and landed more punches. They then repeated it with McCall getting another takedown and Johnson again getting back to his feet. Late in the first round Johnson landed some big punches, and he may have done enough to win a very entertaining first round.
Early in the second round there was an exchange of punches, with McCall landing harder and forcing Johnson to back away. Almost the entire round was fought standing up, and Johnson landed more strikes -- including some impressive leg kicks -- but McCall's punches appeared to have more power on them, and that may have been enough for him to win the round. Two judges, however, apparently gave both the first and the second to Johnson.
An odd exchange took place at the start of the third round, as McCall appeared to feel as though he had been hit by a low blow and paused as if the referee would step in -- but Johnson didn't stop, and the referee didn't make them stop.
However, McCall recovered nicely and controlled most of the rest of the third round: McCall took Johnson down, mounted him and dominated with ground and pound at the close of the third round. The third round was dominant for McCall, but all three judges scored it 10-9, and no judges gave McCall a 10-8 round.
And that makes Johnson the winner. Now Johnson will watch to see who wins between Joseph Benavidez and Yasuhiro Urushitani, with the winner of that bout facing Johnson for the inaugural UFC flyweight title.
Joseph Benavidez is one step closer to establishing himself as the best flyweight in the world after beating Yasuhiro Urushitani by second-round TKO on Friday night's UFC on FX 2 card.
Benavidez was long one of the best bantamweights in the world even though he was small for that weight class, and now that the UFC has instituted a flyweight class, Benavidez appears poised to reign over it. He dominated Urushitani and will now prepare for a title fight with Demetrious Johnson.
In the first round Urushitani made Benavidez work for it, but Benavidez eventually took Urushitani down and got on top of him on the ground, and with about 40 seconds to go in the first round Benavidez transitioned into full mount and then took Urushitani's back. There wasn't enough time for Benavidez to finish the fight, but he clearly won the first round.
And then he ended the fight at the start of the second round: When Urushitani threw a kick, Benavidez countered it with a right hand to the chin that knocked Urushitani down, and then Benavidez pounced, punched him several times on the ground and forced the referee to step in to stop the fight.
Up next is a sure-to-be exciting title fight between Benavidez and Johnson, one of whom will earn the UFC flyweight belt.
In an incredible comeback, Martin Kampmann was getting beaten by Thiago Alves for 14 minutes on Friday night, only to finish the fight in the 15th and final minute of their UFC on FX 2 battle.
Kampmann won even though he was getting badly beaten, losing the first to rounds and appearing to be well on his way to losing the third. It was an outstanding comeback victory for Kampmann and a heartbreaking loss for Alves.
"Thiago got me with some good shots, I'll be honest," Kampmann said afterward. "He was catching me. ... I was eating too many punches."
Alves went on the attack from the very beginning: He threw heavy shots at the start of the fight before Kampmann waded in and attempted a single-leg takedown. Kampmann put Alves down for just an instant but Alves popped back up. However, Kampmann hurt Alves with a front kick to the chin and then took him down again, landed some shots on the ground and appeared to be in control.
But Alves did a nice job of maintaining his composure, getting back up to his feet after the second takedown and then taking Kampmann down and getting on top in side control, and then into full mount. Alves didn't do a lot of damage from the top, but the dominant position was probably enough to win Alves the first round.
In the second round both fighters appeared to be more tentative and cautious as they traded strikes, but Alves was landing the harder punches and probably did enough to win the second and head into the third with a 20-18 lead.
Amazingly, he did it with less than a minute to go in the fight: Alves was battering Kampmann against the cage and had the fight all but won, but Alves ducked down for a takedown and brought Kampmann down, only to have Kampmann reverse it, wind up on top of Alves, sink in a mounted guillotine choke and force Alves to tap.
The win improves Kampmann's record to 19-5, while Alves falls to 19-9. It's a devastating disappointment for Alves, but a strong win for Kampmann, who said afterward that he wants a shot at UFC interim welterweight champion Carlos Condit. Kampmann is worthy of a shot at the title.