Joseph Benavidez Always Believed He Was The #1 Contender at 125
Posted by Larry Csonka on 09.05.2013
Plus thoughts on his victory from last night…
- Joseph Benavidez spoke about his victory at UFC Fight Night 28 and more. Here are the highlights…
On Being The Top Contender at 125: "I believed I was the No. 1 contender really since I lost, that I was the next-best guy in the division to Demetrious. He's been a great champion, but I've proven I can go out there and not only beat, but finish the top guys in the division."
On Earning a Title Shot: "At the end of the day, I could bark for it, but it's not up to me," Benavidez said at UFC Fight Night 28's post-fight news conference. "So whatever the UFC decides."
On Beating Jussier Formiga: "With Jussier being such a great grappler, he usually goes in and forces the issue right away with the grappling," Benavidez said. "But I think he knew with me that he had to have a good setup shot or it wasn't going to really work, anyway. So he tried his luck on the feet, and I don't know, he must have felt comfortable there. He was keeping distance good and had me coming in and wasn't really attacking. So that surprised me a little bit, but I was excited to test him on the floor and see what I had going with such a great grappler. But it didn't happen that way, and I'm not complaining about it. I got the knockout."