ABU DHABI – Joseph Benavidez is aware of his championship aspirations received’t come to fruition – however he’s not keen to exit like he did at UFC on ESPN+ 30.
On the post-fight information convention following his first-round submission loss to Deiveson Figueiredo, an emotional Benavidez (28-7 MMA, 15-5 UFC) took to the rostrum to discipline questions from reporters. Breaking down a number of instances throughout his solutions, Benavidez gave perception on the feelings that include a fourth UFC title shot loss.
“I’ve died freaking 100 instances,” Benavidez instructed MMA Junkie. “What’s one other demise? It’s completely different as a result of I do know I did all the pieces proper in preparation. I didn’t take any shortcuts. I did all the pieces proper. … I felt good in there, truthfully. I felt centered and current even with the no crowd. Fights go quick however I might see little actions felt centered.”
Regardless of the loss, Benavidez defined there’s so much that he’s appreciative of. From his spouse to his corners to with the ability to struggle for a profession, Benavidez ran via a number of the optimistic facets of his life.
“(I’m) general simply grateful for all times,” Benavidez mentioned. “To do it and to have the ability to do this can be a blessing in itself. That’s simply on the struggle facet. I’m grateful for the alternatives and be capable of do it. I got here in at two within the morning. It’s darkish and I stroll out and it’s mild earlier than I’m going to the toilet. Now, I’m taking punches to the face at six within the morning. It’s humorous to listen to that however I’m grateful that I’m succesful to try this.”
5 instances Benavidez had the chance to earn gold, together with as soon as within the WEC – and 5 instances he got here up quick. Although a troublesome tablet to swallow, Benavidez admits his UFC title hopes are behind him.
“I knew final struggle was my final title try,” Benavidez mentioned. “It wasn’t due to circumstances so this one definitely was. I wasn’t preventing on this sport from the start for some other purpose than being the very best. I’ve been shut. I’ve been fortunate. I’ve been in that high two or three for 11 years at two weight lessons. It’s been a loopy journey. It’s been superior.”
When requested about what’s subsequent, Benavidez mentioned he’s not performed preventing. Benavidez mentioned he’s unwilling to have his profession finish in that vogue and expects to compete once more sooner or later.
“I’m not going out like that and nothing is assured on this sport for certain, however I’m not going to get one other title shot,” Benavidez mentioned. “I don’t need to exit on that, so I simply need to exit with one other struggle. After that, there’s nothing else for me to do. I’m not going to beat 10 guys once more. I do know that was my final title shot however like I simply mentioned don’t need to exit on that.”
The flyweight title bout was the UFC on ESPN+ 30 important occasion at Flash Discussion board at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. It streamed on ESPN+.