Joseph Benavidez, Demetrious Johnson Thrilled To Be Competing For UFC Flyweight Title

Both Joseph Benavidez and Demetrious Johnson want to make history.

The two flyweights will compete later this month at UFC 152 for the right to become the first-ever UFC flyweight champion.

Despite having their bout moved from the main event position to the co-main event slot, both feel as though they can reach even more fans and showcase just what their weight division is all about.

“I have worked for my entire career to become a champion,” said Benavidez, during a recent media conference call. “To get to be the UFC champion, the first UFC flyweight champion, that would be the cherry on top.”

Benavidez defeated Yasuhiro Urushitani earlier this year in one semifinal of the four-fighter flyweight tournament. He is 16-2 in his career and on a four-fight win streak.

Johnson (15-2-1) downed Ian McCall in a second match between the two after the first was scored incorrectly. He lost to Dominick Cruz last year in his quest to become the UFC bantamweight champion. Ironically enough, the last loss suffered by Benavidez also came at the hands of Cruz.

“I can’t wait to get in there and mix it up with Joseph,” Johnson said. “We are going to make history, we are going to deliver.”

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