Joseph Benavidez Says His Unique Position at Flyweight is Motivating Him
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 05.01.2014
He's just going to keep getting better...
Joseph Benavidez recently spoke with MMAjunkie about his current status within the UFC flyweight division and more. Check out the highlights:
On his win over Tim Elliott: "It's an important time in my career too coming off a loss. To come back and rebound with such an iconic performance, getting that notoriety for it and the ‘Performance of the Night' bonus – that was pretty big. I knew I wanted to finish him because two other title contenders hadn't. I wanted to separate myself there."
On his status in the flyweight division: "I am in a unique position as far as the division goes. I'm the next best guy after Demetrious, but yet I fought him twice. It's kind of weird for me because they can't put me against the guys they want to go for the title because they could potentially lose a contender when they're kind of scarce in the flyweight division right now."
On a potential move back to bantamweight: "Bantamweight maybe further down in my career is a possibility. As of now I love flyweight. I love the fighters, I love the division, I love seeing it build steam and I want to continue to be a part of that."
On being motivated by his position within the division: "I'm just going to keep getting better. The world title is obviously the main goal, but there's long-term goals and short-term goals. Last year the title was in my immediate future, but now, being practical, I know it's a ways away. I know I have to train for short-term goals that are win the next fight, then the next fight, and then the next fight. Keep getting better in practice, keep entertaining, keep building a legacy and a fan base. I'm going to do all the little things that it takes to get to that big goal, which is the title. I'm not ready to talk about it, maybe I will in a few fights, but right now the title is nowhere to be found. I just lost, so all I can really do is get better every day. I'll keep putting on exciting fights, show up and maybe in two or three fights. Obviously the process will be sped up if Demetrious loses, but I don't see that happening. Who know what they'll do with me, I'm curious myself. I'm ready to go, ready to fight anybody."
On being curious about his next fights: "I'll get back in there whenever I can. I'm ready to get in there. Just like everyone is wondering and asks what's next for me, I was wondering the same thing. What's next for me?"