Joseph Benavidez believes he can cement his legacy in the history of the UFC by becoming the first-ever flyweight champion. Benavidez will face Demetrious Johnson at UFC 152: Jones vs. Belfort on September 22.
“I want to be the first UFC flyweight champion so bad I can taste it,” Benavidez said. “Everyone remembers No. 1. Everyone remembers George Washington was the first president; I want to be remembered in 20, 30, 80 years. I want to be the first name in the record books and no one is going to stop me from making that dream a reality.”
Benavidez, who trains with the likes of Urijah Faber and Chad Mendes at Team Alpha Male in California, defeated Yasuhiro Urushitani to reach the championship round of the four-person tournament. Johnson topped Ian McCall to advance.
Benavidez believes the creation of the flyweight division was perfect for him, and the UFC fans, saying, “I was shown some stats on the flyweight division where we are throwing and landing way more strikes than the UFC average, as well as landing more takedowns and being way more active. I know heavyweights are the biggest and strongest, but I believe the flyweight division is the most exciting, most entertaining in the UFC already. The champion of this division, I think, will become one of the true fan’s favorite champions.”