With one powerful right-hand, Joseph Benavidez sent himself into the UFC flyweight tournament finals, knocking out Yoshihiro Urushitani Friday night at UFC on FX: Alves vs. Kampmann. Benavidez will meet Demetrious Johnson later this year to crown the first-ever UFC 125 pound champion.
Benavidez dominated the first round, landing 26 strikes to just eight by the UFC newcomer from Japan. However, it was the counter-right that Benavidez landed just 11 seconds into the second round that ended it, dropping Urushitani right to the mat.
“I felt like I would bring power to this division,” Benavidez said. “I was rocking everyone at ’35, and I hope this is a sign of things to come for me at the flyweight division.”
Following a failed bid to take the UFC bantamweight title from Dominick Cruz, the option to drop down to flyweight was one Benavidez jumped at. Now, he’s one win away from becoming a champion in the UFC.
“It’s amazing; it’s a dream come true,” Benavidez said. “I have an amazing opponent on the other side (in Johnson), and we are going to show who’s the best flyweight in the world.”
Johnson earned a majority decision over Ian McCall earlier in the night to advance to the finals.