A flyweight championship affair between Demetrious Johnson (Pictured) and Joseph Benavidez served as “UFC 152: Jones vs. Belfort’s” co-main event.
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Air Canada Centre in Toronto is hosting tonight’s festivities. The show is headlined by a light heavyweight title tilt between champion Jon Jones and Vitor Belfort.
Favorite (-) Underdog (+)
Demetrious Johnson +220
Joseph Benavidez -260
Here is the play-by-play from Joseph Benavidez vs. Demetrious Johnson:
Yves Lavigne will ref the first flyweight championship affair in UFC history. Benavidez charges forward looking for a takedown. Johnson greets him with a knee to the midsection for his troubles. Johnson scores with a right hand. Benavidez has controlled the center of the Octagon and continues to shoot, but he can’t get Johnson down. “Mighty Mouse” connects with another knee to the body. Benavidez can’t seem to catch him.
Benavidez lands a leg kick and follows up with a punch to the grill. He tags him with two straight shots to the face. Johnson avoids another takedown. Benavidez misses on a kick and Johnson almost took him down for his mistake. Johnson eats a big right hand.
Man, these dudes are fast. Johnson scores with a body kick. Surprisingly, slight boos echoing throughout the arena. Benavidez finally gets a takedown, but it was just for a split second. Johnson nails him with a left hook and opens up a cut over his opponent’s left eye. If this goes to the cards, which it might, the decision could be controversial.
Benavidez drops him with a right hand and pounces. He slaps on a guillotine choke from top position. Johnson is doing a decent job of preventing Benavidez from locking his hands to secure the choke. Johnson reverses and goes for a knee bar to no avail. Benavidez is still on top. Johnson gets to his feet. He ducks under a punch and puts Benavidez on his back. Another close round to score.
The 125-pound crown is up from grabs. Who wants it? Johnson picks him up and slams him to the ground for a brief moment. Johnson gets a body lock and secures a takedown. Benavidez wiggles free. Johnson looks like he could go another five rounds, while Benavidez appears more winded. Not too much damage done by either fighter in the final frame. This will be close.
Demetrious Johnson Defeated Joseph Benavidez via Split Decision (48-47, 47-48, 49-46) (Johnson becomes inaugural UFC flyweight championship )