ABU DHABI – Joseph Benavidez is familiar with his championship aspirations won’t appear to fruition – but he’s not keen to go out like he did at UFC on ESPN+ 30.
At the publish-combat information convention subsequent his to start with-round submission loss to Deiveson Figueiredo, an psychological Benavidez (28-7 MMA, 15-5 UFC) took to the podium to subject issues from reporters. Breaking down many instances in the course of his answers, Benavidez gave insight on the feelings that occur with a fourth UFC title shot reduction.
“I’ve died freaking 100 instances,” Benavidez explained to MMA Junkie. “What’s an additional death? It’s different simply because I know I did every thing proper in planning. I did not choose any shortcuts. I did anything suitable. … I felt excellent in there, actually. I felt centered and current even with the no crowd. Fights go speedy but I could see tiny movements felt centered.”
Despite the reduction, Benavidez stated there is a great deal that he’s appreciative of. From his spouse to his corners to staying capable to fight for a profession, Benavidez ran by way of some of the beneficial aspects of his lifestyle.
“(I’m) overall just grateful for lifestyle,” Benavidez mentioned. “To do it and to be in a position to do this is a blessing in alone. That is just on the battle facet. I’m grateful for the chances and be able to do it. I came in at two in the morning. It is darkish and I walk out and it’s mild in advance of I go to the rest room. Now, I’m taking punches to the face at 6 in the early morning. It’s humorous to listen to that but I’m grateful that I’m able to do that.”
Five times Benavidez had the opportunity to make gold, including the moment in the WEC – and five periods he arrived up shorter. While a difficult tablet to swallow, Benavidez admits his UFC title hopes are guiding him.
“I realized past battle was my last title attempt,” Benavidez stated. “It was not due to the fact of conditions so this a person undoubtedly was. I wasn’t combating in this activity from the starting for any other motive than becoming the best. I’ve been near. I have been blessed. I have been in that major two or a few for 11 yrs at two excess weight lessons. It is been a crazy journey. It’s been awesome.”
When questioned about what is following, Benavidez explained he’s not performed combating. Benavidez said he’s unwilling to have his profession close in that vogue and expects to compete yet again in the long term.
“I’m not going out like that and nothing at all is confirmed in this activity for absolutely sure, but I’m not heading to get one more title shot,” Benavidez stated. “I don’t want to go out on that, so I just want to go out with a different combat. Immediately after that, there is almost nothing else for me to do. I’m not likely to defeat 10 fellas once more. I know that was my last title shot but like I just stated do not want to go out on that.”
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