Esther Lin, MMA Fighting
June's UFC on FX event finally has a location, and it's Fort Lauderdale, Florida. That city's BankAtlantic Center will host the event, including the flyweight semifinal do-over between Demetrious Johnson and Ian McCall.
UFC officials confirmed the news on Thursday.
The event marks the UFC's first trip to Fort Lauderdale, though the promotion has previously run five shows in Florida.
The BankAtlantic Center was the site of the Kimbo Slice vs. Seth Petruzelli EliteXC match that led to the end of that promotion.
Johnson and McCall originally fought on March 3, going three spirited rounds. Johnson was initially declared the winner by split decision, but the sanctioning body overseeing the event later determined that a scoring error had been made, and the fight was actually a draw. By then, though, it was already too late to use a fourth round overtime that had been specifically added into the fighters' contracts just in case.
The June 8 winner between them (assuming there is one this time) will eventually face Joseph Benavidez to determine the promotion's inaugural flyweight champion.
As part of the UFC on FX event, fans will have a chance to choose one of the main card fights to air on TV through voting on UFC.com. The three fights that are currently options include a bantamweight bout between Scott Jorgensen and Eddie Wineland, and welterweight fights pitting Carlos Eduardo Rocha vs. Mike Pierce, and Lance Benoist vs. Seth Baczynski.
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