UFC 152 Live Blog: Joseph Benavidez vs. Demetrious Johnson

Joseph Benavidez hasn't fought since winning his flyweight tournament semifinal this past March (Esther Lin, MMA Fighting).

This is the UFC 152 live blog for Joseph Benavidez vs. Demetrious Johnson, a UFC flyweight championship bout at Saturday night's UFC event at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

Benanvidez, who has won his past four fights, will face Johnson, who is 2-1-1 in his last four fights, on the main card.

Check out the live blog below.

Round 1: Yves Levigne is the referee for the first-ever flyweight title bout. Johnson pops Benavidez with a left. They clinch and Benavidez lands a couple knees. Benavidez clinches Johnson along the fence. Johnson reverses and they break. Johnson pops Benavidez with a straight right coming in. Benavidez whiffs on a takedown attempt as Johnson steps aside. Benavidez tags "Mighty Mouse" with a spinning back fist. Benavidez tries to pin him against the cage, but Johnson breaks loose. One minute left. Johnson lands a well-timed right as Benavidez comes in. They clinch, Benavidez goes for a kneebar but doesn't get it. MMAFighting scores the round for Demetrious Johnson, 10-9.

Round 2: Benavidez just can't seem to find his range. As soon as I say that, Benavidez land a right hand and a low kick. Johnson with a leg kick. Benavidez chases down "Mighty Mouse" and lands a couple rights to the jaw. Benavidez grabs for a leg, can't get it. Two minutes left. Johnson's speed and footwork continues to be a puzzle for Benavidez. Benavidez shoots for a takedown and misses again. Johnson hits a knee as Benavidez gets up. Same deal as the round comes to a close, Benavidez lands a right and a left in the late moments. MMAFighting scores the round for Demetrious Johnson, 10-9 (20-18 overall).

Round 3: Benavidez connects with a combo and misses with an attempt at a head kick. Johnson catches a Benavidez body kick and a scramble ensues. Benavidez is bleeding from a cut over his left temple. Benavidez with a low kick. Benavidez throws a low kick. Benavidez scores a takedown, Johnson scrambles to his feet, with Benavidez scoring a knee off the break. Late clinch followed by a right by Johnson. MMAFighting scores the round for Joseph Benavidez, 10-9 (29-28 overall).

Round 4: Benavidez lands a huge right hand which drops him. Benavidez maneuvers into position for a choke. Has it in tight, Johnson kicks his legs vigorously trying to get out. It's a one-armed choke by Benavidez. Johnson gets out and catches Benavidez in a leglock. Benavidez gets out and ends up in Johnson's half-guard. Benavidez works into side control. Johnson spins out and they're back to their feet, clinching along the fence. Benavidez goes for a trip but ends up on the bottom. Back to their feet. Johnson has Benavidez in a body lock. They break. About a minute left. Johnson with a takedown, back to their feet, Benavidez lands a kick on their way up. Johnson with a takedown and land short elbows to the torso. Round ends in that position. Tons of action in the round. MMAFighting scores the round for Joseph Benavidez, 10-9 (38-38 overall).

Round 5: Johnson looks the fresher of the two. Johnson with a takedown, Benavidez gets up, but Johnson with another takedown. This time when Benavidez gets up, he eats a high kick. Johnson taunting Benavidez. Another takedown by Johnson. Benavidez spins out, but Johnson grabs a front facelock. They stand and break. Two minutes left. Benavidez goes for a single-leg, but doesn't get it. Final minute. Benavidez starting to look desperate, but can't get anything done. MMAFighting scores the round for Demetrious Johnson, 10-9 (48-47 Johnson overall).

Demetrious Johnson def. Joseph Benavidez via split deicision (48-47, 47-48, 49-46) to become the inaugural UFC flyweight champion.

48-47 Johnson 48-47 Benavidez 49-46 Johnson

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