When Demetrious Johnson and Joseph Benavidez first met in the Octagon back in 2012, Johnson’s competitive split decision victory earned him the distinction of becoming the UFC’s first ever flyweight champion. Johnson not only went into the history books but also got to headline events broadcast on international television.
During the build-up to this return bout - much like for their first encounter both Johnson and Benavidez were cordial and friendly to each other and to the media. However, on the main event of the UFC on Fox event the fight ended quickly and violently.
Joseph Benavidez powerful striking translated very well to his bouts as a UFC flyweight as a flyweight. Benevidez entered the bout coming off of two consecutive knockout wins. Early in the round Benavidez was stalking Johnson willing to engage and land a big shot. However, it was Johnson that caught Benavidez with a right hand at the end of an early exchange that dropped him then several follow up shots from Johnson put him out and had him hurt badly.
“Tonight was a great moment for my career but in reality it’s just another fight. My goal is to keep evolving and displaying my skill set to fans and having them enjoy my fights.”
Demetrious Johnson has fought his way to becoming the UFC Flyweight champion by displaying a well-rounded skill-set and rare roughness and tenacity. Johnson entered the fight on Saturday night never been knocked out or submitted in his 21-fight career. This performance and highlight knockout ends a great year for the UFC champion and could very well earn him fighter of the year.