Demetrious Johnson, Joseph Benavidez Win Shots at Flyweight Title at UFC 152
When the UFC decided to introduce the 125-pound weight class, they decided to do it in style: with a four man tournament.
They announced the participants would be two former bantamweight contenders, Demetrious Johnson and Joseph Benavidez, and two UFC newcomers, Yasuhiro Urushitani and Ian McCall. Johnson would fight McCall and Benavidez would fight Urushitani.
Let's take a look at a breakdown of the tournament thus far.
Ian McCall vs. Demetrious Johnson I
The first fight of the tournament took place on FX 2 between the former Tachi Palace flyweight champion, Ian McCall and the former UFC bantamweight title challenger, Demetrious Johnson.
These two had a back and forth fight which was absolutely fantastic, earning fight of the night honors.
Throughout the fight, Johnson rocked McCall, but McCall came closest to finishing in the third round.
When the scorecards were read, Johnson was announced as the winner by majority decision, although it was actually a split decision.
Then it got even more confusing, when Dana White announced at the post-fight press conference that the scorecards were tallied incorrectly and that it should have been a draw after three rounds. This should have meant a fourth "sudden victory" round.
A rematch was scheduled for McCall and Johnson, and they would have to fight again.
Joseph Benavidez vs. Yasuhiro Urushitani
In the co-main event, former bantamweight title challenger Joseph Benavidez fought consensus top-five flyweight, Yasuhiro Urushitani.
The fight didn't need the full 15 minutes, as Benavidez scored a vicious knockout 11 seconds into the second round.He won knockout of the night.
We were supposed to be set up for Benavidez-Johnson for the flyweight title. However, due to the scoring error, we got to see Ian McCall fight Demetrious Johnson again.
Ian McCall vs. Demetrious Johnson II
In the rematch between Ian McCall and Demetrious Johnson, they had fight which was just as good as their first.
It was another back and forth battle, but in the end, the decision was much more straightforward.
Johnson won a unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28) over McCall, and then officially set up the battle for the title against Joseph Benavidez.
Joseph Benavidez vs. Demetrious Johnson
This Saturday, the flyweight tournament will come to a conclusion as Joseph Benavidez will fight Demetrious Johnson in the inaugural UFC flyweight title in Canada.
Johnson is one of the fastest fighters to ever set foot in the Octagon, and Benavidez is one of the most well rounded fighters in the game.
This fight is sure to go everywhere, and feature everything. Just make sure you don't blink.
UFC 152 goes down this Saturday in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.