Joseph Benavidez Admits Pursuit Of UFC Title Became Obsessive For Him

Joseph Benavidez vs. Deiveson Figueiredo in a vacant flyweight title bout will headline the UFC Norfolk event this Saturday on ESPN+ at 8 PM ET at Chartway Arena in Norfolk, Virginia.

Benavidez, who has challenged for the title before, recently did an interview with MMA Fighting about what this fight means to him. 

“I obsessed over it,” Benavidez said in an interview with MMA Fighting. “It was like this ultimate thing that only added more pressure.”

“I will be 100 percent so grateful winning the title and hopefully it will afford me a lot of different things that come with the title and I’ll be appreciative of that,” Benavidez said.

“Of course, I’ll never want to lose it but it is an object. It can’t all be about the belt. When you appreciate something and you’re grateful for it — like going into work everyday or just your partner or your job — you just do it that much better because you’re lucky that you’re doing it.”

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