UFC flyweight Joseph Benavidez is currently biding his time instead of seeking a bout and for good reason. The 28-year old has won six of his last seven fights including four as a bantamweight rather than at 125 pounds where he currently competes. Furthermore, the lone blemish over the span came via Split Decision to flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson. As such, Benavidez isn’t rushing for a return to the Octagon based on the distinct possibility he could end up as top contender even if he doesn’t fight again first.
“I’m just waiting it out. I got two fights pretty quick at the beginning of the year, so this is a good time for me to get to travel and mix up my training a little bit, which I always like to do,” said Benavidez in a recent interview with MMAWeekly.
Benavidez went on to express his openness to any opponent the UFC throws his way, but he didn’t shy away from his confidence his next adversary could very well be the winner of Johnson’s July fight with John Moraga.
“I’m down to fight anyone they put in front of me,” explained Benavidez. “A lot of people ask me if I want a title-fight, but that’s going to come so I’m just getting better until then.”
If such comes to pass, Benavidez believes a rematch with Johnson is more likely than a match-up with Moraga.
“Moraga’s a tough guy and the thing with the top guys in the world is at any weight class most of the championship fights are going to be pretty close decisions, so the judges can always make a difference, but I think Demetrious will do enough to win,” assessed Benavidez, adding, “He’s really on top of his game right now.”
The 18-3 Benavidez has won two straight since his stumble against Johnson. He was last seen scoring a second round knockout against Darren Uyenoyama in April.