“It was definitely a life-changer, but it really changed my attitude towards life and fighting back to what it was. It was really just that one fight that I feel like I kind of got away from myself as far as enjoying (the experience) and taking the fight as `just another fight.’ It was just so colossal to me, and with the wait, I built it up and obsessed over it way too much. I had never done that for a fight before, but I also never had a fight that was the first-ever flyweight title, so it really helped me just get back to what I did before – keep it easygoing, stay relaxed; know that it’s another day at the office out there, and have fun. I’m lucky to be doing this and it’s fun for me, so it’s really just been getting back to that for me. I always want to win, but if the last fight was life or death, it’s never going to be like that again. That was the worst it could possibly be – I built that up so much, I couldn’t imagine losing, and I did lose. That’s the worst that’s going to happen, and I’ve gone through that, so what else is there to worry about as far as the rematch is concerned?” (PHOTO CREDIT: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports)
Flyweight Joseph Benavidez (19-3) understands a lot is at stake tomorrow night at UFC on FOX 9 when it comes to his showdown with champion Demetrious Johnson. However, the 29-year old isn’t losing any sleep over how the match-up may unfold. All three of his losses have come in title-fights, so he’s certainly “been there and done that” before, but more importantly he gained a new perspective on his career after falling to Johnson last year in a closely-contested clash. Benavidez opened up in a recent interview with UFC.com where he provided detailed insight into how much his mindset has changed since the stumble.
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