Like their first meeting, a rematch between featherweight-tourney participants Ian McCall (11-2-1 MMA, 0-0-1 UFC) and Demetrious Johnson (14-2-1 MMA, 2-1-1 UFC) will be contested over three rounds when they meet in June at UFC on FX 3.
But unlike their first meeting, a sudden-victory fourth round will, in fact, be used if the fight is declared a draw after three rounds.
) today confirmed the plans with event sources following the UFC's announcement of the rematch earlier today.
Initially, it wasn't clear if the rematch would be a five-round non-title fight, as other main events have been scheduled.
UFC on FX 3 takes place June 8. However, a host city and venue haven't been announced. A fan vote ultimately will determine the destination as part of the Harley-Davidson Hometown Throwdown campaign.
The McCall vs. Johnson winner meets Joseph Benavidez, who recently defeated Yasuhiro Urushitani in the four-man tournament's other opening-round matchup, later this year to crown the UFC's first-every flyweight champion.
McCall and Johnson kicked off the tourney earlier this month at UFC on FX 2 in Sydney. After a spirited bout, Johnson initially was named the split-decision winner. Officials then said the scorecards were added incorrectly and Johnson actually was a majority-decision winner. But later in the night at the event's post-fight press conference, Craig Waller, the executive director of the Combat Sports Authority of New South Wales, said he recorded a judge's score incorrectly (it should have been 10-8 instead of 10-9) and that the fight actually resulted in a majority draw via scores of 28-28, 29-29 and 29-28 (for Johnson).
The UFC had planned for such a scenario and required McCall vs. Johnson to have a mandatory sudden-victory fourth round. However, the tabulation error was caught so late in the night that McCall and Johnson couldn't do the fourth round.