On Saturday night (or Sunday morning in Abu Dhabi) the flyweight division lastly topped a new champion, and boy does it search like they’ve obtained a rough a single to defeat. Deiveson Figueiredo was only much too rapidly and much too exact and far too fatal with his hanging for Joseph Benavidez, who got dropped 3 periods en route to getting choked unconscious at 4:48 of spherical 1 (see the finish listed here). We’ll absolutely be having again to Figueiredo in today’s protection mainly because wow, what a beast. But for now let us look at in on “Joey B” following what he admits was most very likely his previous title challenge.
Benavidez has been combating for 14 years, 12 of people less than the WEC/UFC umbrella. He’s arrive close to using the bantamweight and then flyweight title numerous moments, only to endure defeat at the arms of some of the most effective ever: Dominick Cruz. Demetrious Johnson (2 times). And now Deiveson Figueiredo … 2 times. At minimum Benavidez is sensation greater about this one particular, which was a lot less competitive but didn’t close controversially after a freak headbutt.
“The past time was … devastating because I couldn’t handle it,” Benavidez mentioned at the write-up-fight press meeting. “It was out of my manage. Going into this struggle, I just want a fair struggle. I preferred the guy to freaking make weight and I do not want just about anything bizarre to take place. And you know, he went out there and proved he was the greater dude. So it is challenging. You simply cannot sit here and truly feel sorry for on your own.”
“I was grateful for the chance to do it again, to get the possibility to redeem the very last struggle,” he explained, getting psychological. “So I was grateful for that from the starting, grateful to do it below at Combat Island. Total just grateful for life, which is what it arrives down to. To do it and be in a position to do this is a blessing in itself. And that’s just on the combat aspect, you know. Grateful for the possibilities and be able to do it.”
“Grateful for all my corners and them having their time away from their family members. They’ve been in this article for months away from their spouse and children, trapped in a lodge. I appear at my spouse … I’m so grateful for that. Absolutely nothing can be undesirable at the close of the working day, likely residence and obtaining another person that helps make you really feel the best just about every day. So I sit here humbled. Grateful I got the prospect to go out there and display what I ready for. And … it is insane. I’m walking about, it is gentle outdoors, receiving stitches in a van, just like daily life comes at you rapid. I’m in an vacant arena in Abu Dhabi at two in the morning in a person lodge, getting shipped about in this article. And now it’s 6 in the morning and I just obtained the s**t beat out of me. Like … it’s outrageous.”
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Talk turned to the foreseeable future and what that could possibly glimpse like in the 35 year outdated Benavidez’s eyes.
“This is my fourth title shot,” he reported. “It takes a whole lot of perseverance and no quit to be in a position to get there once again and all over again and again. Even from this one particular to the previous one particular, that was some of the hardest factors in my existence. The second to the third, likely as a result of 10 fellas, 10 fights. That is what I do. I really like to do that. I’m geared up to do that. But when I experienced to facial area the last fight with anything that was out of my manage, that was so hard on me mentally. So to come again from that. I recall how I felt soon after that battle, I could not handle it. How could I do all the things excellent and one thing strange continue to transpires?”
“I was naturally not damaged, I never preferred to quit. But that truly challenged me. So there is no stop in me, person. I constantly questioned what I’d do if anything was sunk in, would I tap or would I not? You gonna get choked in any case, but I guess I did not. I dunno. I’ll by no means quit, undertaking anything. I’ve normally just tried using to be the finest. The most effective that I can be. That is why this, this I can not come to feel sorry for myself and I can settle for, for the reason that I had the greatest planning, the most effective crew, felt excellent, felt prepared, left no stone unturned … just met a superior younger freaking animal that was just superior than me this morning.”
“My purpose in this activity is to be the ideal, be the winner, correct?” Benavidez continued. “I knew past combat was my final title attempt. It was not, cuz of situation, but this one particular surely was. I wasn’t combating in this sport for any other purpose than to be the very best. I’ve been near. I have been fortunate. I have been in that top two, a few place for 11 yrs at two weight courses. It is been a nuts journey. It’s been great. I’m not going out like that. But … nothing’s assured in this sport for positive. I’m not heading to get a different title shot, and I don’t want to go out on that, so … I just want to go out with another fight.”
“After that, there’s very little else for me to do. I’m not heading to conquer 10 men yet again. I know that was my very last title shot but like I just said, I really do not want to go out on that. So to response your problem, I kinda stated in my mind, I win the belt, protect it til I get rid of. Combat again til I gain. Eliminate? Struggle yet again til I gain. Which is form of in which I’m at.”