Joseph Benavidez fell quick in what was probably his final UFC title shot.
Benavidez took on Deiveson Figueiredo in a rematch at UFC on ESPN+ 30. The bout was contested for the vacant UFC flyweight championship. Figueiredo stopped Benavidez via next-round TKO again in February but he didn’t gain the 125-pound gold for the reason that he missed bodyweight. This time, Figueiredo’s bodyweight was on stage and he demolished Benavidez with various knockdowns and the rear-naked choke finish. Benavidez went out chilly as he hardly ever tapped.
Joseph Benavidez Talks UFC on ESPN+ 30 Reduction
Talking to reporters all through the UFC on ESPN+ 30 post-fight press conference, Benavidez explained that although he understands he most likely will not be acquiring another title prospect going ahead, he does not prepare to hold up his gloves yet (h/t Aaron Bronsteter).
“This is my fourth title shot, it will take a ton of perseverance to get there again and again… I keep in mind the way it felt after that very last combat and I could not command it… I was of course not damaged, I never ever wished to stop. I’m not heading out like that. Nothing’s guaranteed in this activity for absolutely sure, but I’m not likely to get another title shot and I’m not heading to go out on that, so I just want to go out with a further combat and following that there is nothing at all else for me to do.”
Figueiredo is the first male to stop Benavidez since Dec. 2013 when Demetrious Johnson knocked him out. Figueiredo has now pulled this feat off two times. Benavidez’s pro MMA file falls to 28-7. At this position, numerous are pondering when the 35-calendar year-aged will simply call it a career. He has proven to be a challenge for every person in the flyweight division right until he receives a title shot. He not often loses non-title fights.
With Joseph Benavidez’s system to preserve battling, where do you imagine he goes from listed here?