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Joseph Benavidez equates Demetrious Johnson’s greatness to chess, says UFC champ has best formula in the game

When UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson steps inside of the Octagon tomorrow night (Sat., Oct. 7, 2017) at UFC 216 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, he will attempt to overthrow challenger Ray Borg and become the first fighter in UFC history to record 11-consecutive title defenses, breaking Anderson Silva’s current record of 10.

Johnson has been near-perfect during his reign atop the UFC’s 125-pound division and has knocked off some serious contenders on his way to MMA immortality. While many fighters have stepped up and tried to dethrone “Mighty Mouse” by using boxing, wrestling, grappling, and downright athleticism, all have come up short.

This includes former flyweight title challenger Joseph Benavidez, who is constantly haunted by his failed attempts to hand Johnson his first flyweight loss.

“I was that close to finishing someone many consider the best ever [in the first fight],” Benavidez said during a recent interview with ESPN. “It’s something that goes through my head all the time. Every little thing that I could have done different. I will randomly be driving and get upset. My wife will say ‘what’s the matter?’ and I will say ‘nothing.’ But sometimes I think about little things like that and if it could have gone another way. When I fought [Demetrious Johnson] the first time, you couldn’t predict the epic run that he would go on. But when you see him going through other opponents you think, ‘Wow, he tears these guys apart and makes them look normal.’ [His speed] is something you can’t adjust to. I tried to go with the fastest people I could leading up to the fights with him and you still can’t get as fast as him until you get there.”

Benavidez, who has only lost to Johnson and former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz in his entire career, last fought “Mighty Mouse” in a rematch at UFC on FOX 9 back in 2013. Johnson unexpectedly finished Benavidez via one-punch knockout and essentially put the nail in the coffin on their budding rivalry.

“The second fight he finished me so it wasn’t nearly as close as the first,” Benavidez explained. “That goes to show that he made adjustments. He knocked me out — saw a mistake within two minutes — a person who has never been finished in 30 fights previously, so he’s done what no one else has done. It’s like playing chess. We all have the same pieces, but he goes out there and executes them better than we do at the right time. I think he has great coaching — I have to give them credit. His preparation for every fight really sets him apart. Everyone has a formula to get beat. He goes out and pretty much runs that formula on every single person he fights.”

If the fight game is in fact a chess match, Johnson would be the Bobby Fischer of MMA. The flyweight king has quickly become one of the greatest pound-for-pound fighters of all time and has destroyed each and every one of his divisional opponents by relying on physical and mental greatness, and beating them at their own game.

Johnson’s track record and in-cage ability are legendary at this point and it’s going to take everything that Borg has to pull off the massive upset at UFC 216. But if Borg is able to force “Mighty Mouse” into a rare mistake then maybe he can put the UFC champ in checkmate.

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 216 fight card, starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on FX at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET.

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“Seattle ‘Till I Die”: Demetrious Johnson Sticks To His Winning UFC Formula

Tonight, UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson will get another chance to showcase the skills which have won him six straight MMA bouts, including four successful defenses of his UFC title. Johnson, who lives and fights out of the Seattle, WA area, may be better known as a dominant grappler, but he has been known to […]

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UFC Quick Quote: We have to be careful to not let MMA become like Formula 1

MONTE CARLO, MONACO - MAY 27:  Kamui Kobayashi of Japan and Sauber flies through the air after crashing during the start of the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit de Monaco on May 27, 2012 in Monte Carlo, Monaco.  (Photo by Peter J Fox/Getty Images)

“I believe the fight world became a little complicated and fighters today have this mentality that things run on their time. Can you imagine in my era, they just throw you a pair of gloves and put you in an open weight tournament. Today you need a strategy, a camp, based on the opponent that you fight, and this way they are never ready for short notice fights. I’m not denying that the level and the techniques have improved, but we have to be careful to not become like a Formula 1. In the beginning, it was the driver that was important. Today is the car and technology that wins the race. The driver is secondary in the process. Fighters have to be ready to fight any time. Of course the ones who are in a recovery process from an injury are an exception, and this is acceptable. I believe it is a balance. You cannot take away the business part because we make our living off of the fight but we need to have our roots in what we are: fighters!”

Vroom! Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight titleholder Vitor Belfort speeds into a 205-pound title fight against Jon Jones at UFC 152 this Saturday night (Sept. 22, 2012) at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. “The Phenom” took a short-notice fight against “Bones” because he remembers his roots as a fighter and tells MMA Weekly he believes in a “balance” between business and brawling. Is the Brazilian’s old-school mentality sending him to a “Hogtown” slaughter? Or will this old dog teach Jones some new tricks? We’ll know is just a few days…