September 22, 2012; Toronto, ON, CANADA; Demetrious Johnson celebrates his win over Joseph Benavidez (not pictured) in the flyweight championship during UFC 152 at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) recently tied a ribbon around its UFC 152: "Jones vs. Belfort" pay-per-view (PPV) event last night (Sept. 22, 2012) from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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In the night's co-main event, the promotion crowned its first-ever UFC Flyweight Champion when Demetrious Johnson won a hard-fought split decision over fellow World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) veteran Joseph Benavidez.
The "Mouse" was indeed pretty "Mighty" in "Hogtown."
There were more than a handful of mixed martial arts (MMA0 fans who felt Johnson should have won unanimously, but believe it or not, the close scoring in this contest will actually benefit the 125-pound division, which may have to look back when looking forward to the future at flyweight.
When the UFC held its mini-tournament to determine its inaugural champion, the division was so thin they needed to recruit 35-year-old Yasuhiro Urushitani to fill the bracket. The longtime Japanese veteran, up until that point, had never stepped foot inside the Octagon.
To go from Shooto to UFC title contender says a lot about the depth of the 125-pound weight class.
Not only that, but the tournament effectively eliminated all four combatants. The good news is, we'll soon have John Dodson, who won The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 14 as a bantamweight, facing off against Jussier da Silva, a UFC debutant riding a five-fight winning streak.
It's just one fight, but it's enough to buy us some time.
That's because "The Magician" and "Formiga" will be fighting for a number one contender spot at the upcoming UFC on FX 5 event, which goes down on Oct. 5 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. After that, we can look back to look forward.
Benavidez lost a very close decision to Johnson. So too, did Ian McCall, following their draw at UFC on FX 2 earlier this year. A second go-round could be warranted for either fighter if they're able to win convincingly their next time out. Or, if you really want to make it exciting, have "Joe B. Wan Kenobi" face off against "Uncle Creepy" to see who makes it back to the mountaintop.
That's a barnburner.
Even if you rush the victor back into a title fight against "Mighty Mouse" in 2013, assuming the winner of Dodson vs. Da Silva hasn't already usurped the throne, either bout is marketable because A) they're action-packed and B) they were pretty damn close the first time around.
This is one of the very few instances in MMA where I welcome a rematch with open arms.
For complete results and blow-by-blow coverage of the UFC 152: "Jones vs. Belfort" event click here. For the UFC 152 post-fight press conference wrap up click here and to see who took home "Fight Night" bonuses click here.