Jussier Formiga Discusses Fighting Joseph Benavidez at UFC Fight Night 28
Posted by Larry Csonka on 09.02.2013
A battle in the flyweight division…
- Jussier Formiga recently spoke about fighting Joseph Benavidez at UFC Fight Night 28. Here are the highlights…
On Adapting to the UFC: "The first fight wasn't so good. I felt the stress. Everything was so different. I didn't fight to my full potential, but I don't take anything away from my opponent. Things happened too fast. The second time around, it was against another tough guy, Chris Cariaso, but in Brazil. It was completely different. I was able to work my strategy and get the win."
On The Tachi Palace Fighters Coming to the UFC: "We may all be in the UFC now, but we also share common roots," he said. "At Tachi, I got to know Montague, Ulysses Gomez, Ian McCall and various other flyweights. It's great that many of us are in the UFC. The weight class may still be small, but the top 10 fighters are very tough."
On Fighting Joe Benavidez: "Joe is a true veteran. I've been following his career since the WEC. He dropped down from bantamweight, but I think he only fought there because there wasn't a flyweight division. It was commonly said that he was a small bantamweight, both he and Demetrious Johnson. Joe Benavidez has had a great career, and the loss to the champion is nothing to be ashamed of. He's very tough and dangerous. But that's what I need in the UFC. I need to be tested. Benavidez is a great test for me."