Joseph Benavidez is without doubt one of the most calm, cool and picked up people within the sport of blended martial arts (MMA) the place, for higher or worse, chaotic and wild personalities get a lot of the headlines and highlight.

Contained in the cage, although, he lets out his violent streak with a view to obtain the final word purpose, and he additionally is aware of methods to take his lumps like a person. That was the case in his first struggle in opposition to Deiveson Figueiredo earlier this yr, the place he was knocked out by “Daico” within the second spherical.

Initially, Benavidez took the loss as simply that, one other powerful defeat the place he sadly didn’t win the UFC title. However issues took a flip days later when he stumbled upon some perception that Figueiredo was truly bragging to the Brazilian media about head-butting him, which performed a giant half in his knockout win that occurred moments later (see it once more right here).

And now that he has his likelihood at revenge, it’s private for Benavidez, who not too long ago advised ESPN that this time round his purpose is to harm Figueiredo for his unwarranted bragging after the struggle.

“You’re at all times going to need to beat an individual that beat you, simply to show you’re higher. I may lose to the nicest man in Demetrious Johnson, and I nonetheless need to kill him the following time, as a result of I really feel I’m higher than him,” he stated.

“And he’s good. Figueiredo is a freaking villain. The way in which he went about issues — he bragged in Portuguese concerning the struggle ending with a head-butt, and his translator didn’t translate it. Brazilian media contacted me, and so they’re like, “Have you learnt he was speaking about how he was proud that he head-butted you?”

After initially pondering it was going to be his final likelihood at profitable a UFC title, Benavidez obtained the information {that a} rematch could be seemingly given all of the drama the was connected to the primary struggle, which not solely included the conflict of heads, however Figueiredo lacking weight.

5 months faraway from their first encounter, Benavidez feels higher than ever and motivated to get yet another shot at fulfilling his championship desires. Alongside the best way, he desires Figueiredo to really feel simply the best way he felt (and extra) final February.

“I assume the best technique to put it’s that preventing is preventing, it goes generally with hurting folks. That’s a part of the sport. You don’t need to, you simply know, ‘I’ve to harm this man, he’s making an attempt to harm me.’ What I felt after the final struggle and the best way it went about, not essentially in essentially the most truthful method, it simply makes me truly need to damage him,” he added.

And although hurting folks only for the sake of seeing them in ache isn’t Joseph’s predominant goal, it’s completely different this time round.

“Preventing is hurting folks, but it surely makes me need to damage him. I need you to harm. I need you to really feel dizzy if you stand up daily and never know in case your concussions are going to go away. I need you to freaking cry and be embarrassed and all that sort of stuff. So yeah, that may be a completely different feeling in direction of this struggle. Sometimes I don’t have that towards an opponent. I’m like, “Hey if I win, I win. If I damage him, clearly that’s what we’re educated to do.” However for this one, that’s the distinction.”

In fact, all eyes shall be on Figueiredo tomorrow when he suggestions the scales. Ought to he fail to hit his mark once more, you may wager it’s going to solely additional add gas to Benavidez’s fireplace.



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