The two fought over a year ago in Sept 2012 to decide who would become the first UFC flyweight champion. Johnson won the belt in a razor close decision in a highly competitive bout.
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Round 1: Both fighters come out and meet in the center. They circle each other briefly and Johnson throws a jab. Benavidez follows up with a quick leg kick. Both men attempt kicks and jabs in the center, with neither landing. They both appear evenly matched. Benavidez tries rushing in with punches but Johnson evades easily.
Neither one lands anything significant, but the action is fast and energetic. Benavidez has landed several punches, but nothing damaging. Johnson has not mounted too much offense in the first 2 minutes, he is mostly evading Benavidez attacks.
Johnson finally moves forward, backing Benavidez into the cage. Benavidez tries a front push kick to back Johnson away, but Johnson counters with a solid right hook that immediately drops Benavidez to the canvas. Johnson follows up with several more unanswered shots to the face, and referee John Mccarthy steps in and pulls Johnson off.
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Main Card results:
Uriah Faber looked very impressive against top contender Michael Mcdonald, finishing him by submission in round 2.
Chad Mendes defeated Nik Lentz by unanimous decision.