UFC on FOX 9 Results: Johnson Puts Benavidez To Sleep In The First To Retain Title
Demetrious Johnson brought the thunder.
Johnson, the UFC flyweight champion, knocked Joseph Benavidez to the canvas with huge right in the first round and then pounced on him to seal the deal and earn the quick victory in the main event of UFC on Fox 9: Johnson vs. Benavidez 2 in Sacramento, Cali.
The victory improved the 27-year-old Demetrious Johnson to 19-2-1. The 29-year-old Joseph Benavidez dropped to 19-4.
The first round was playing out like many thought the fight would go with Johnson showcasing plenty of movement and speed while Benavidez looked for the power blast.
But it was Johnson who turned the tables when he saw an opening midway through the second round. landed a massive right hand for the KO and ended the fight at 2:08 in the first round.
Saturday’s fight was a rematch. In their first bout at UFC 152 in September, 2012, Johnson edged Benavidez by split decision in the 125-pound tournament final to become the division’s inaugural champion.
It was the fastest KO in UFC flyweight history and the first time Benavidez has been stopped.