Joseph Benavidez is scheduled to face Dustin Ortiz at UFC on ESPN+ 1. However earlier than Ortiz put pen to paper, it was contact and go on his scheduled opponent.
In a single afternoon, Benavidez (26-5 MMA, 13-Three UFC) stated flyweight standout Deiveson Figueiredo (15-Zero MMA, Four-Zero UFC) modified his thoughts thrice on a combat on the Jan. 19 occasion, finally turning it down.
“It was a extremely chaotic curler coaster,” he instructed reporters throughout a current interview on the UFC Efficiency Institute.
Initially, Benavidez was tapped to face the undefeated Figueiredo at UFC 233 on Jan. 26 in Anaheim, Calif. Matchmakers additionally instructed him to be prepared as a backup in case there was a difficulty with UFC on ESPN+ 1’s headliner between flyweight champ Henry Cejudo and bantamweight titleholder T.J. Dillashaw.
When the promotion scrapped UFC 233, Benavidez and Figueiredo have been re-assigned to UFC on ESPN+ 1. However Benavidez stated the Brazilian didn’t wish to bump up the date and declined – at the least till he didn’t.
“He truly modified his thoughts thrice in an hour,” Benavidez stated. “I used to be in a single exercise, and so they known as me and stated, ‘Figueiredo doesn’t wish to combat as a result of it’s every week earlier, however you’re going to be a backup.’ I used to be like, ‘Oh, that’s tremendous motivating in my exercise proper now.’ However I’m identical to, no matter.
“Actually 15 minutes later, they name, and (the UFC matchmaker says), ‘Oh, nevermind. It’s on. He thought it will be dangerous, but it surely’s an excellent alternative, so he’s again on.’ So I’m like, that’s superb. Motivated once more. After which by the tip of my exercise, I obtained one other name that he’s out.
“So I’m speaking to individuals about my combat, but it surely’s altering the story each time. They’re like, ‘Oh, so Figueiredo?’ I’d be like, ‘What did I inform you final?’”
MMAjunkie was unable to achieve Figueiredo for remark.
Finally, UFC matchmakers have been capable of finding an opponent who caught to sure in Ortiz (19-7 MMA, Eight-5 UFC). Benavidez now will get an opportunity to compete as a substitute of prepare and minimize weight for a combat that may not occur.
He’s completely satisfied it turned out this fashion, even when it was a bit of dicey for a second.
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