Benavidez Re-Signs With UFC As A Flyweight
Joseph Benavidez has signed a new four-fight deal with the UFC and will move back to a flyweight division many thought was ending.
“Didn’t bring it up,” Benavidez told reporters at a media event on the future of the flyweight division as he faces Dustin Ortiz on January 19th at Barclays Center.
After Demetrious Johnson was traded to ONE Championship at the end of 2018, many UFC flyweights were cut and would claim the division was being shut down by the UFC. Coupled with that is the January 19th main event that features flyweight champion Henry Cejudo facing bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw, who claims he’s being paid to kill the division.
“I think everything really chilled out once they got that fight, because it’s steady, and we can’t really do anything in the division until after this fight,” Benavidez said of the UFC on ESPN + 1 main event. “Business as usual until you hear otherwise.”
“It was never welcomed as much as big guys, period,” he said of the flyweight division. “There was never, ‘We’re on the chopping block,’ but there was always something because we were the new division. I fight my balls off either way. But since the start, we’ve needed to prove we’re the best, skilled division.”
Initial Report: MMAJunkie