Benavidez To Cejudo “Defend Or Relinquish”
Joseph Benavidez wants his shot at the UFC flyweight title, and does not delight at Henry Cejudo’s behavior, since becoming a double champion.
“Cejudo is out there being weird,” Benavidez told MMA Fighting of “Triple C” who has been given another nickname, the King of Cringe by fans. “I actually did comment on one of his things the other day. It wasn’t crazy – I just said, ‘Stop asking who’s next when you’re making videos every day and you know it’s me.’ You’ve been told it’s me.
“For me, there’s still an option of him not doing [the fight],” Benavidez said of the double champion focusing on the bantamweight division. “There’s a percentage of that. “‘Triple C,’ I don’t think he’d want to give up a ‘C’ or the chance to avenge a loss, but now it’s working on a timeline. When is he going to be healthy? When can he give a word about defending?
“We know the deal — it’s defend or relinquish,“ Benavidez said.
“So let’s get a timeline now of when will he have to make a decision to defend. Because I’m OK with waiting, but to what end if it goes past a year and the guy ends up relinquishing the title when we could have got things going in the division to keep momentum.”
“That is a tricky situation,” Benavidez said. “He’s known as the best guy in two weight classes. I’m out there to fight the best and prove that I’m the best. “The only thing that wouldn’t sting as much if he relinquishes it is that I’ve already beat him.
“It’s not a Demetrious [Johnson] situation where I didn’t have my best night, and now all of a sudden he’s gone. I beat Henry. So he’s making the decision to not come and avenge his loss. I think that would be more on him, and I would go on knowing I’m the best flyweight because I already beat him.”
“At the end of the day, he’s already been told what has to happen. Maybe he’s just waiting for that to actually be real.”
Initial Report: MMA Fighting