UFC on Fox 9 was headlined by a flyweight championship, which was a rematch between Demetrious Johnson and Joseph Benavidez. Both brought it tonight, but it was Johnson who came out the victor and in devastating fashion. Benavidez looked good early, pressuring Johnson.
But, when Johnson saw the opening, he landed a viscous right, sending Benavidez out and to the canvas. He was already out, but Johnson landed some follow up shots, forcing the ref, Big John McCarthy, to step in. This was a huge win for Johnson, who is proving to be an amazing finisher, which was not what many were accustomed to seeing when Johnson first fought inside the UFC.
Johnson has now successfully defended his flyweight belt three times, and he’s had finished his last two opponents. Also, he’s the first fighter to ever finish Benavidez, which is a credit to the type of striking skills Johnson is still learning as a champion. This is the fastest knockout in flyweight history, and it couldn’t have gone any better for Johnson.
This was one of Johnson’s biggest wins to date, and he proved that his first win over Benavidez wasn’t a fluke. In just two minutes in the first round, he showed why he’s the best flyweight in the world, and if he can keep winning like this, he’s going to be a pound-for-pound great. Congrats to Johnson on the impressive knockout win, showing he’s still growing tremendously as a fighter. It was certainly a big win on a huge stage.