Joseph Benavidez Inks New 4 Fight Deal with UFC, ‘Business as Usual’ at Flyweight • MMA News
If the UFC is eliminating the flyweight division that comes as information to former title contender Joseph Benavidez, who simply signed a brand new 4 struggle deal with the promotion.
Benavidez returns to motion subsequent weekend at the primary ever UFC on ESPN+ card from Brooklyn the place he faces Dustin Ortiz in a struggle at 125 kilos. Benavidez may also serve as the backup to the primary occasion between flyweight champion Henry Cejudo and T.J. Dillashaw simply in case one in every of them is unable to compete on Jan. 19.
Benavidez says when he signed his new contract, nothing was said to him in regards to the flyweight division going away or that he may need to struggle at bantamweight to satisfy his deal.
“I just signed a new four fight deal. I think that’s another good sign,” Benavidez stated about the way forward for the flyweight division on Wednesday. “I didn’t even know guys have been getting reduce till I noticed them combating in RIZIN and I used to be like ‘how did those guys get cut?’ trigger these issues are all the time type of introduced. The way in which that I gauge it’s look there’s a flyweight title struggle. Top-of-the-line pound-for-pound guys is coming all the way down to our weight to struggle. We’ve got a brand new champion that’s headlining the primary card ever with ESPN. That’s how I gauge it. I’m combating on it, there’s different fights being signed.
“So I just look at it like that and then after the fight look at it again.”
Clearly, Benavidez isn’t ignoring the issues being raised after a number of outstanding flyweights have been launched to not point out former champion Demetrious Johnson being traded away to ONE Championship.
Regardless, Benavidez can solely fear about what’s straight in entrance of him and proper now that’s a matchup at 125 kilos in opposition to Ortiz subsequent weekend.
That’s why he’s not going to spend a lot time theorizing or taking part in hypotheticals about what occurs at flyweight after the primary UFC on ESPN+ card is completed.
“Right now it’s business as usual,” Benavidez stated. “I’ve got a fight on the same card as the title fight and that’s really all there is. I haven’t really heard any talk other than that.”