Though UFC 152 has Jon Jones' light-heavyweight title match against Vitor Belfort billed as the headlining event, it is saturday night's co-main event that will mark history as the UFC's Flyweight Tournament comes to a close when Joseph Benavidez and Demetrious Johnson go head to head to determine the inaugural UFC Flyweight Champion of the world in a bout that is a sure fire candidate for Fight of the Night.
And it is only fitting that the two men who had always been widely regarded as "too small for Bantamweight" meet with a 125 pound division strap on the line. Both Benavidez and Johnson first reached MMA audiences through their successes at Bantamweight were the two continuously toppled physically larger opposition on a regular basis, but never managed to capture championship gold away from 135 pound division kingpin, Dominick Cruz. Yet, when the UFC announced a Flyweight Tournament in December of 2011 with Johnson and Benavidez at opposite sides of the bracket, both men finally found a place to pick on someone their own size and another opportunity at that most treasured piece of MMA hardware: UFC gold.
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