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Bad math and great comebacks: UFC on FX 2 in review

UFC fighter Martin Kampmann arrives at the second

UFC fighter Martin Kampmann arrives at the second annual Fighters Only World MMA Awards at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. (Dec. 1, 2010) (Credit: Getty)

Mike Dolce, a nutrionist, tweeted a photo on Friday that seemed to indicate Thiago Alves weighed 197.5 pounds less than 24 hours after Thursday's weigh-in for UFC on FX 2 in Australia. That's a sick weight gain.

It didn't help in the final minute of his fight with Martin Kampmann. Alves, who was dominating the fight with his striking, had Kampmann up against the cage and went for a double-leg takedown. Alves got the takedown, but Kampmann grabbed his neck and used his momentum generated from falling to the ground to roll over and reverse it on Alves. Kampmann locked in the guillotine choke to submit Alves.

Just another example of how MMA fights can change in a split second, more so than any other sport. Kampmann was 48 seconds away losing for a third time in his last four fights, then flipped it into a win and step up in the welterweight division.

*****

I thought Demetrious Johnson defeated Ian McCall in the UFC's inaugural flyweight bout, and the judges agreed -- initially. Johnson was announced as the winner via majority decision in a close and entertaining fight in the first flyweight tournament semifinal. After the fight, it was revealed that the scores were tabulated incorrectly and the fight was actually a draw after three rounds. There should have been a fourth round, a sudden-death round, to determine the winner. Instead, Johnson and McCall will fight again to determine a winner. "BRUTAL," UFC president Dana White tweeted.

*****

Joseph Benavidez landed a sweet right hook (from a southpaw stance) to open the second round and knock out Yasuhiro Urushitani in the other flyweight semifinal. Is it a coincidence that this UFC veteran who dropped down from bantamweight makes the final?

*****

Costa Philippou looked exceptional with his standup and showed that he's been working on his takedown defense. It was brilliant. He's a middleweight, as is fellow Serra-Longo fight team member Chris Weidman. Will we one day see a Jon Jones-Rashad Evans  thing here, or a Jon FItch-Josh Koscheck situation? Just a thought.

Tags: chris weidman , costa philippou , ufc on fx 2 , joseph benavidez , Yasuhiro Urushitani , demetrious johnson , ian mccall , martin kampmann , thiago alves

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