Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE
As impressive as Demetrious Johnson looked, his UFC 152 title fight was actually pretty even.
Minus the difference in takedowns, Joseph Benavidez produced just as many key punches as Johnson did, despite landing 33 fewer strikes.
The fact of the matter is that the first-ever flyweight championship came down to the judges. That's usually the case in a bout between two top flyweights, but it's still alarming when you consider these guys were fighting for UFC gold.
It's well known that flyweights don't have the finishing capacity of fighters in other weight classes, but that doesn't mean this fight couldn't have been finished early.
For Johnson, a guy who needed two fights to defeat Ian McCall en route to facing Benavidez, leaving his championship hopes in the hands of the judges seemed gutsy.
He obviously came out on top, but a split decision is as close as it gets.
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