Joseph Benavidez is one particular of the most quiet, great and gathered persons in the activity of mixed martial arts (MMA) where, for much better or worse, chaotic and wild personalities get most of the headlines and spotlight.
Inside the cage, however, he lets out his violent streak in purchase to realize the final purpose, and he also understands how to acquire his lumps like a man. That was the situation in his initially fight in opposition to Deiveson Figueiredo previously this year, in which he was knocked out by “Daico” in the 2nd round.
Originally, Benavidez took the decline as just that, a further challenging defeat where he regretably unsuccessful to get the UFC title. But points took a switch days afterwards when he stumbled upon some perception that Figueiredo was really bragging to the Brazilian media about head-butting him, which played a huge aspect in his knockout gain that transpired times later (see it yet again in this article).
And now that he has his prospect at revenge, it is private for Benavidez, who just lately told ESPN that this time close to his goal is to hurt Figueiredo for his unwarranted bragging just after the combat.
“You’re often going to want to conquer a man or woman that defeat you, just to prove you’re greater. I could shed to the nicest man in Demetrious Johnson, and I even now want to get rid of him the upcoming time, mainly because I come to feel I’m much better than him,” he stated.
“And he’s great. Figueiredo is a freaking villain. The way he went about things — he bragged in Portuguese about the fight ending with a head-butt, and his translator didn’t translate it. Brazilian media contacted me, and they are like, “Do you know he was speaking about how he was very pleased that he head-butted you?”
Following at first wondering it was heading to be his final chance at profitable a UFC title, Benavidez bought the news that a rematch would be possible supplied all the drama the was attached to the first struggle, which not only involved the clash of heads, but Figueiredo lacking fat.
Five months removed from their initially experience, Benavidez feels improved than at any time and inspired to get a single much more shot at fulfilling his championship desires. Together the way, he would like Figueiredo to experience just the way he felt (and extra) final February.
“I guess the best way to set it is that battling is combating, it goes often with hurting folks. That’s component of the sport. You really do not want to, you just know, ‘I have to damage this man, he’s attempting to harm me.’ What I felt just after the very last combat and the way it went about, not automatically in the most reasonable way, it just helps make me basically want to damage him,” he included.
And even though hurting people just for the sake of seeing them in suffering is under no circumstances Joseph’s major aim, it is distinctive this time close to.
“Fighting is hurting people, but it would make me want to damage him. I want you to hurt. I want you to experience dizzy when you get up every day and not know if your concussions are heading to go away. I want you to freaking cry and be embarrassed and all that form of stuff. So yeah, that is a various experience to this fight. Generally I do not have that toward an opponent. I’m like, “Hey if I earn, I win. If I harm him, clearly which is what we’re educated to do.” But for this one particular, which is the big difference.”
Of program, all eyes will be on Figueiredo tomorrow when he strategies the scales. Must he fall short to strike his mark once more, you can guess it will only more incorporate gasoline to Benavidez’s fire.