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March 3, 2012

UFC on FX 2: Kampmann wins and a big scoring mistake

 In the main event at UFC on FX 2, welterweights Thiago “Pitbull” Alves (19-9, UFC 11-6) and Martin “Hitman” Kampmann (19-5, UFC 10-4) had a good battle for almost three rounds. But in the end, Alves made one crucial move that cost him the match in front of a sellout crowd at Allphones Arena in Sydney, Australia.


After connecting on a combination of punches, Alves tried a double-leg takedown in the waning seconds of the third round. Kampmann secured a guillotine choke on the Brazilian and rolled on top, and Alves tapped out with 48 seconds left in the bout.


“I was behind in there. I’ll be honest, Thiago was getting me with some good shots, and I wanted to take him down,” Kampmann said. “I was walking into too many punches, and that was not a part of the game plan. It’s a good thing I have a good chin and can eat some shots.”


For his performance, Kampmann earned the “Submission of the Night” and he also secured his hold as one of the top 10 welterweights in the UFC. He said afterwards, “I felt that I really had to finish the fight, and it wouldn’t do me any good to keep it standing. I just squeezed, because I knew that was my window, and I didn’t want to miss it.”


The UFC held its first-ever flyweight (125 lbs.) tournament with four of the top flyweights in the world competing to become the UFC flyweight champion. But at the end of the night only Joseph Benavidez had moved on in the tournament.


Benavidez (16-2, UFC 3-0) showed the newly formed flyweight division that he is the heavy favorite to become its first champion. The Team Alpha Male fighter took on veteran Japanese fighter Yasuhiro Urushitani (19-5-6, UFC 0-1), in the second tournament bout of the evening.


The former Shooto champion Urushitani is known for his kicks, but is was his kicking that got him in trouble during the match. Urushitani attempted to kick, but Benavidez countered with a big right hook that knocked Urushitani to the canvas.


“I knew he threw a lot of kicks, and that’s a perfect time to counter somebody,” Benavidez said.


Benavidez pounded his opponent with several more punches before the referee stepped in and stopped the bout after 11 seconds into the second round. With the TKO, Benavidez showed fans that flyweight division fighters could have knockout power as well. 


"I bring great power to the 135-pound division, so now that I’m hitting guys my size (125 pounds) it’s just the sign of things to come,” Benavidez said.


In the other flyweight tournament final, Demetrious “Might Mouse” Johnson (14-2-1, UFC 2-1-1) was declared the winner at the end of a three-round battle against Ian “Uncle Creepy “ McCall (11-2-1, UFC 0-0-1).


But just like the last two UFC events, controversy was the theme for this fight. After the decision for Johnson, it was later revealed that the judge made an error, resulting in a change from a majority win to a majority draw.


McCall was considered the top-ranked fighter in the tournament, but that didn’t stop Johnson from pressing the action for the first two rounds. The third round is where the controversy took place because McCall dominated the round and one judge scored it a 10-8 round for McCall. That would have made the bout a majority draw. The commission incorrectly calculated the scorecard and gave the decision to Johnson.


The rule that was in place for the flyweight tournament in case of a draw was to have an additional round to determine the winner.


Now the two flyweights will meet in a rematch in April to see who will advance to the tournament to fight Benavidez.


The miscalculation of the scores was embarrassing, but it doesn’t take away from the fact that this was an awesome fight. Both guys earned “Fight of the Night” bonuses for the effort.


Below are the full undercard results:

Shawn Jordan won by TKO (knee and punches) over Oli Thompson at 3:53 of the second round.


Daniel Pineda won by Submission (triangle armbar) over Mackens Semerzier at 2:05 of the first round.


TJ Waldburger won by Submission (armbar) over Jake Hecht at 0:55 of the first round.


Andrew Craig won by unanimous decision over Kyle Noke.


Steven Siler won by unanimous decision over Cole Miller.


Anthony Perosh won by TKO (punches) over Nick Penner at 4:59 of the first round.


James Te Huna won by TKO (punches) over Aaron Rosa at 2:08 of the first round.


Constantinos Philippou won by unanimous decision over Court McGee.
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