UFC 152 Play-by-Play: Joseph Benavidez vs. Demetrious Johnson
Joseph Benavidez vs. Demetrious Johnson
(UFC Flyweight Championship)
Round 1: The first ever UFC flyweight title bout is underway with both fighters taking the center of the cage. Johnson circling on the outside. Benavidez closes the distance and eats a left hand. They clinch and battle for position before separating. Benavidez presses Johnson against the cage and lands a knee to the body. Johnson delivers a knee to the body of his own. They separate. Johnson lands an inside leg kick. Benavidez chases him but Johnson moves away. Johnson lands a right hand as Benavidez moved forward aggressively. Benavidez looks for a takedown but Johnson fends it off. Benavidez changing stances. They clinch along the cage. Johnson lands a couple of knees to the body before circling out. Benavidez moves in and ties Johnson up against the fence. They separate. Johnson moving in and out. Benavidez rushes in and Johnson lands a right hand. Johnson lands knees to the body. Johnson is the faster fighter. Benavidez rolls for a knee bar at the bell. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Johnson.
Round 2: They touch gloves to start the second stanza. Benavidez plows forward. They clinch and exchange before separating. Benavidez chasing Johnson. He’s having problems with the speed of Johnson. Benavidez lands a right hand. Johnson lands a leg kick. Benavidez chasing again. He gets Johnson against the fence but Johnson gets free. Johnson lands a right hand and Benavidez answers with a kick to the body. Benavidez moves in with a right hand. He drops for a takedown but Johnson shakes it off and lands a knee. Benavidez rushes in and Johnson gets a hold of him. Johnson pushes him away and they’re back to the center of the cage. Benavidez lands a left hand and a big right hand. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Johnson.
Round 3: Benavidez pressing the pace. Johnson moving along the outside. Benavidez rushes in but Johnson moves away. Johnson catches a leg kick and tries to get it to the ground. Benavidez defends the attempt but gets kneed in the body in the process. Benavidez jumps in with a right hand and follows it up with an inside leg kick. Benavidez has a small cut over his left eye. Benavidez drops down for a double leg takedown. As soon as Johnson hits the ground, he gets back to his feet. Benavidez lands a knee as they broke from the clinch. Benavidez having the best round thus far. Benavidez says he got poked in the eye but the referee said he didn’t see it so the fight continues on. Johnson lands a winging right hand. Benavidez lands a knee to the body but Johnson delivers another right hand. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Johnson.
Round 4: They exchange leg kicks. They both miss with big shots. Johnson lands a solid counter right hand. Benavidez lands a solid right hand that hurts Johnson. Benavidez gains top position and applies a guillotine choke. Benavidez moves to the mount and squeezed the choke. Johnson fights to defend it. Johnson escapes and atacks a leg. Benavidez gets free and gains top position. Benavidez advances to side control. Johnson spins out and stands. He presses Benavidez against the fence. Benavidez turns him. Johnson gains top position as Benavidez tried for a takedown. They work for position along the cage before separating. Benavidez moves in and Johnson drops under and takes him down. Benavidez gets back up but eats a kick in the process. Johnson ducks under again and secures a double leg takedown. Johnson lands a series of punches to the body of Benavidez. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Benavidez.
Round 5: Johnson lands an outside leg kick to start the final round. Benavidez misses with a high kick. Johnson drives through and slams Benavidez. Benavidez gets up only to be slammed down again. Benavidez quickly gets back to his feet. Johnson drops his hands briefly. He lands a left hand. Johnson switches stances. Johnson lands a right hand. He drops down for another takedown and gets it. He moves to side control. Benavidez rolls and stands. He gets free. Two minutes remain in the round. Johnson lands a counter right hand. Benavidez looks for a takedown but Johnson shakes it off and lands a kick to the body. Benavidez hasn’t secured a takedown in the fight. Benavidez just can’t catch the faster Johnson. Benavidez misses with a spinning back fist. Benavidez is chasing him in the closing seconds. Johnson ties him up and lands a knee to the body. They separate and Johnson lands a backhand right at the bell. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Johnson.
The judges scored the fight for Johnson by split decision. The scorecards read: 48-47, 47-48, 49-46. Johnson makes history by becoming the first UFC Flyweight Champion.