"Mighty Mouse" defends his UFC title for the 9th time
He beat Tim Elliott in Las Vegas last night09:36 Sunday 4 December 2016, 9:36 4 Dec 2016
UFC pound-for-pound king Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson defended his flyweightitle for the 9th time last night in Las Vegas.
He beat Challenger Tim Elliott in a unanimous decision after dominating most of the fight.
Johnson survived an early scare after the challenger caught him in a choke early in the first round.
Speaking afterwards Johnson said: “It was a tough first round. Tim Elliott’s a blitzer, so I stayed composed like a champion and just relaxed and worked my way out of it, and I knew my grappling was going to be able to beat him.”
Speaking after the bout, Elliott said: “I’m just a guy who loves to fight and I love my daughter, and I’m ready to get back in the next one.”
In the co-main event Joseph Benavidez beat Henry Cejudo via split decision to set up another tilt at the champion.
In a close and tense affair, Benavidez came through the contest by scores of 30-26, 29-27 and 27-29. The winner has already lost twice to the division's champion although a third fight is now on the cards.
Elsewhere, Jorge Masvidal beat Jake Ellenberger via first round TKO to improve to 31-12 as he looks to take on more ranked opponents in a bid for a title shot at 170 lbs.
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