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July 30, 2013

King of the flyweights retains crown

Demetrious Johnson remained King of the Flyweights in MMA after defeating John Moraga by a 5th round submission on Saturday.

Though a relatively new division to the UFC, the Flyweight division has already seen a very dominant champion come forward in its ranks. Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson lives up to his nickname, being small in stature, but incredibly athletic.

Prior to winning the belt against Joseph Benavidez in the inaugural bout, Johnson had already been a title challenger at the 135 pound weight class, losing to champion Dominic Cruz in a valiant effort in October of 2011. His speed and his grappling skills have been his greatest asset, on top of having the wonderful mind of MMA legend Matt “The Wizard” Hume in his corner.

The title challenger, John Moraga, came into the UFC like a tornado through Kansas. In his first bout for the UFC, he stormed straight through Ulysses Gomez another debuting fighter. He stopped his opponent with elbows and punches. In his second outing against Chris Cariaso, he found himself gaining Submission of the Night honors from the promotion, and he choked out his opponent with a guillotine hold.

The young man from Arizona State has a lot of potential and claimed the wrestling skills and speed to try to stifle Johnson’s strengths. The question before the bout was if the young man could also deal with the strategy of Johnson’s corner.

The 1st round on Saturday started off fairly evenly for the two young men. Moraga and Johnson traded leg kicks, but Moraga was unable to connect with many punches.

, due to Johnson’s incredible speed. When Moraga attempted to use the clinch game against Johnson, he found himself reversed and then promptly planted on his back.

The 2nd round saw Johnson take his opponent down 30 seconds into the round, then went for a kimura after defending a triangle attempt from Moraga. He continued to wear the former Sun Devil down.

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