In a matter of weeks the MMA world will know for certain whether Joseph Benavidez is the top 125-pounder in the sport or if Demetrious Johnson deserves the honor after the pair face off for the UFC’s first flyweight title on September 22 at UFC 152. While Johnson has proven to be a tricky proposition for any adversary he’s seen action against, Benavidez has no problem letting the world know he’s confident he’s figured out how to solve the problems Johnson presents.
“I know where I’m better than him and I know where he has the advantages and you’ve got to go into a fight like that,” explained the 16-2 Benavidez in an interview with the UFC. “He’s a speedy fighter, a very active fighter. As far as power goes, you’ve definitely gotta respect it. That’s something I’m not gonna worry about. I’m going into the fight knowing I’m the powerful striker here, he’s gonna be on the defensive.”
“I’d like to test his chin out. Everyone I go in there with, that’s the goal – to hurt em with every punch I throw,” he continued. “I’m gonna be going forward the whole time and when you put pressure on him that’s when he seems to break. Thankfully, that’s what I’m good at…”
Of course, taking Johnson out is certainly easier said than done, though Benavidez certainly shown he has the ability to do so.
Benavidez’s two stumbles have both come by way of decision against bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz. Outside of the losses the 28-year old has finished twelve of his past opponents including Rani Yahya and Miguel Torres. If he’s able to score a stoppage against the 15-2-1 “Mighty Mouse” he will not only emerge as flyweight champion but the first man to ever put Johnson away.
The full piece with Benavidez can be viewed below:
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