Both men fought with a never-say-die attitude at a ridiculous pace. The fans at UFC 152 the Air Canada Centre, however, booed and UFC fans on twitter were fervent in their disdain of the two flyweights.
After reading several tweets and listening to the boos, UFC president Dana White had enough and fired back at the people who didn’t appreciate Johnson and Benavidez's efforts.
“It doesn’t matter what we do, how many fights in a row we put on, or how these guys perform,” White said at the UFC 152 post-fight presser. “I was reading Twitter tonight and these people were ripping on the flyweights. If you didn’t like that flyweight fight, please, and I’m begging you, don’t buy another UFC pay-per-view again. Don’t ever buy another one again; I don’t want your money. You’re a moron, you don’t like fighting and you don’t appreciate great talent or heart if you didn’t like that flyweight fight.”
Benavidez came on strong for five rounds and fought tooth and nail against the eventual champ Johnson. Despite having two black eyes and being cut, Benavidez nearly finished Johnson in the fourth after dropping him with a right hand and going for a guillotine choke.
The UFC president went as far as to say that if you didn’t like Johnson vs. Benavidez that he doesn’t want you ordering UFC pay-per-views any longer, because he feels if you can boo an all-out war, he doesn’t want you as a fan. Ultimately, White feels that the fight was an underappreciated, thrilling, five-round technical battle.
“That kid fought his ass off tonight, look at (Benavidez’s) face, going after a guy who is incredibly talented and picking him apart and moving. He never gave up and went five straight rounds. When I get on Twitter and I see that stuff, I get crazy man. Please, please, please, those of you that said that, I don’t want your money.
“I wasn’t surprised, I was horrified by the booing,” White continued. “I tell these guys in the back that after the weigh-ins are over and the way that this relationship works is that these guys are our partners. You know we go in and do this and that and everything else and these guys go out and they deliver.
“Every fight you’re going to see in the UFC, two guys aren’t going to run into each other and just start swinging like mad men. These two guys worked their entire life to get to this point and it’s a five-round title fight. If they can get the knockout or the submission quick, sure they’re going to go for it. But the guys are so talented that you have the world champion right here and the second best guy in the world. It’s insane; it drives me crazy.”
- Joseph Benavidez
- Demetrious Johnson