The last second addition of a light heavyweight title-fight between Jon Jones-Vitor Belfort to UFC 152 may have pushed the flyweight affair between Joseph Benavidez-Demetrious Johnson down to the co-headlining slot but that doesn’t discount the incredible amount of potential the two 125ers have as far as stealing the show. Neither man has ever been finished while both have racked up a number of impressive wins including those over the likes of Jeff Curran, Miguel Torres, Eddie Wineland, and Ian McCall. Additionally, each is a polished competitor with a seemingly bottomless gas tank.
However, when the two collide in the cage on September 22 it seems Benavidez will be looking to change the aforementioned statistic pertaining to “Mighty Mouse” having only suffered decision defeats thus far in his career.
“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. He’s a speedy fighter, a very active fighter. As far as power goes, you’ve definitely gotta respect it (but) 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,” explained Benavidez in an interview with the UFC. “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…”
Benavidez holds an overall record of 16-2 with both losses coming to bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz, while Johnson is 15-2-1 with only nine finishes to his credit in comparison to Benavidez’s twelve.
Watch the full interview with Benavidez below:
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