Joseph Benavidez’s timing probably could have been better, but his message to Henry Cejudo still got through loud and clear.
Benavidez called out Cejudo following a win over Zach Makovsky at UFC Fight Night 82, questioning whether Cejudo had the right credentials to deserve the next UFC title shot. And while Cejudo has a different opponent in his immediate crosshairs, he now is saving a little something for Benavidez, too.
“He’s going to get it, man,” Cejudo said recently on The MMA Hour.
“I don’t like to open my mouth a lot, because I’ll be honest with you, man, I come from the streets. I come from a certain part of the ghetto here in Phoenix. I’m a good s**t-talker. I’m really trying to compose myself a little bit, but I think he’s very disrespectful.”
Benavidez’s initial callout was met by some confusion, as it came right after the UFC announced Demetrious Johnson vs. Cejudo for the flyweight title at UFC 197. But Benavidez doubled down on his comments at UFC Fight Night 82’s post-fight press conference, stating that Cejudo was undeserving of the title shot and had yet to “beat the top guys” in the division.
Cejudo is 4-0 inside the UFC, with his best win coming in a late-2015 split decision over Jussier Formiga. Benavidez, on the other hand, has won five straight fights but lost twice to Johnson, including a first-round knockout loss in 2013.
Benavidez kept that hot streak going in Las Vegas, taking a unanimous decision over Makovsky, although Cejudo wasn’t overly impressed by what he saw.
“I think the third round looked good,” Cejudo said. “But I think he’s got flaws, man, like everybody else. I feel like I’m just too fast for him. I think Makovsky had the style to beat him, but I ….View full article
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