Joseph Benavidez Discusses His First Loss to Demetrious Johnson
Posted by Larry Csonka on 12.13.2013
They rematch this weekend…
- Joseph Benavidez recently spoke about this weekend's title fight with Demetrious Johnson. Here are the highlights…
On The First Fight With Demetrious Johnson: "For some reason, that first UFC title, I kind of obsessed over it and took in a little more emotion and everything than I needed to. It's already a fight. It's pretty intense already. You don't really need to add any extra stress and emotion and energy to it."
On What It's Like to Fight Johnson: "The first time you go in there with Demetrious, I mean he's the fastest fighter in the world and he moves like that," Benavidez said. "You can mimic that as much as you want, but until you go in there, you don't really know, and then you kind of adapt in the ring. Thankfully for me now, I have been in there with him for 25 minutes. I have a little better idea of his speed and movement, where the first time you're in there you just go in there and dive in headfirst."
On His Mindset Going Into The Fight: "I pretty much did a total 180, and it wasn't as much changing a lot of things as it was just going back to pretty much how I fight every time; I like to keep it laid-back and happy," Benavidez said. "I look at it as another day and just another way to test my skills. Being a champion has been a goal of mine for a long time. I fell short twice, but I keep telling myself third time's a charm. I think this is my time."