In the "Road to UFC: Japan" finale on Saturday night, Mizuto Hirota and Teruto Ishihara fought to a rare split draw. In fact, it was the only the fifth split draw in UFC history and the first since Felipe Arantes and Milton Vieira duked it out at UFC 147 in 2012.
UFC draws of any kind have been hard to come by in recent months. The Hirota-Ishihara draw snapped a streak of over 18 months of draw-free fights in the Octagon.
From a scoring perspective, this draw can be attributed to a 10-10 third-round score by judge Christopher Shen, which made his total 29-29. The other two judges sided with opposite fighters, thus resulting in the split draw.
This was the first time a 10-10 round scored in a UFC fight was the sole cause of a draw since Vernon White drew Ian Freeman on June 6, 2003.
All fourteen draws in the modern-era UFC are listed below, with their primary causes.
|Causes of Modern-Era UFC Draws *|
|Feb 28, 2003||UFC 41||BJ Penn vs. C. Uno||Split||10-10 round|
|Jun 6, 2003||UFC 43||V. White vs. I. Freeman||Split||10-10 round|
|Jul 7, 2007||UFC 73||R. Evans vs. T. Ortiz||Unanimous||Point Deduction|
|Nov 21, 2009||UFC 106||C. Uno vs. F. Camões||Majority||Point Deduction|
|Jan 11, 2010||UFN 20||T. Tavares vs. N. Lentz||Majority||Point Deduction|
|Oct 16, 2010||UFC 120||T. Browne vs. C. Kongo||Unanimous||Point Deduction|
|Dec 11, 2010||UFC 124||R. Natal vs. J. Bongfeldt||Majority||10-8 rounds|
|Jan 1, 2011||UFC 125||F. Edgar vs. G. Maynard||Split||10-8 round|
|Feb 27, 2011||UFC 127||J. Fitch vs. BJ Penn||Majority||10-8 rounds|
|Mar 3, 2012||UFC on FX 2||D. Johnson vs. I. McCall||Majority||10-8 & 10-10 rounds|
|Jun 23, 2012||UFC 147||F. Arantes vs. M. Vieira||Split||10-8 round|
|Dec 7, 2013||UFN 33||A. Silva vs. M. Hunt||Majority||10-8 rounds|
|Mar 23, 2014||UFN 38||N. Parke vs. L. Santos||Majority||Point Deduction|
|Sep 27, 2015||UFN 75||T. Ishihara vs. M. Hirota||Split||10-10 round|
* - As of October 1, 2015|
- Caol Uno and BJ Penn have both been involved in two UFC draws.
- Ken Shamrock fought to two time-limit draws in SEG-era UFC fights.
- There was only 1 UFC draw between June 6, 2003 and November 20, 2009.