Joseph Benavidez vs. Demetrious Johnson: What Went Right for Johnson

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Joseph Benavidez vs. Demetrious Johnson: What Went Right for Johnson
Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE

Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson was crowned the first-ever UFC flyweight champion Saturday night at UFC 152 after securing a split-decision over the formidable Joseph Benavidez.

Through five grueling rounds of back-and-forth action, Johnson's wrestling, speed, athleticism and ability to deflect strikes proved too much for Benavidez, a fighter many put in the top 10 in the world.

Benavidez was simply unable to get inside on Johnson and seemed considerably outmatched when it came to canvas scrambles and technical boxing.

Here's what went right for the new flyweight titleholder.

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