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Joseph Benavidez Says He Will Bounce Back from His Title Loss at UFC on Fox 9
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 12.18.2013

MMAjunkie Radio interviewed UFC flyweight fighter Joseph Benavidez this week following his devastating title loss to Demetrious Johnson by knockout in the main event at UFC on Fox 9. Below are some highlights.

Benavidez on his goal to fight for the title again: "(Deserving another title shot is) a hard thing to prove at this moment, losing to the guy twice. But my life has prepared me for this. That was a good statement by (Johnson), but I don't know if that's going to make it any easier. I obviously want to fight for the title, and I want to fight Demetrious again, win or lose for him. All I can do is take it one day at a time and one fight at a time, and beat up as many people as I can. And if I deserve it, they'll give it to me."

Benavidez on his physical condition after the fight: "I actually feel good. I went and got scanned and everything came out good. I had a concussion. I got some good rest. But this morning, I woke up and felt like the ‘cloud' was kind of lifted off."

Benavidez on how he feels about the fight: "I'm just confused about what happened. Most of all, I feel like I was (ripped off) from a good fight. I didn't get to perform my best and fight the best guy in the world in front of millions of people. They don't know how I could have performed. I know I was going to have a great performance. That stuff doesn't happen every day, and that's what you dream about (fighting) on FOX. That's the crappy part. A loss is a loss. Winning the world title would've been awesome. Fighting ‘Mighty Mouse' and just competing in there was fun. The losses happen, but there's nothing to learn from it. I know to not get hit in the face. There's nothing to take away from it."

Benavidez on bouncing back from this obstacle: "Life, no matter what, is a long road with obstacles to bounce back from. Some are worse, some are easier, but that's what life's all about. I was against the best in the world (Saturday) night, and in between I got caught with a punch I didn't see coming. What else do you do? You just stay positive. That's the only thing this fight tried to do to me. Bounce back, forget it, look forward to the future, and know there's still good things to come. I've accomplished some things, but I'm not satisfied."


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