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Joseph Benavidez on UFC Norfolk loss: I feel like I’m in some ‘freaking nightmare’

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For the third time in his career, Joseph Benavidez was getting his chance to bag a UFC title . But like what happened in the past, he once again unsuccessful, this time losing via second-round TKO against Deiveson Figueiredo at UFC Norfolk on Saturday.

While clearly heartbroken and defeated, the 35-year-old flyweight fighter still managed to gather himself and speak with Michael Bisping during the post-fight Octagon interview.

“I feel like this isn’t real right now, that I’m in some freaking nightmare, honestly,” Benavidez said. “I had a lot of visions of talking to you after, and a lot of the things that were gonna happen that didn’t.

“Sh-t, man. Life’s tough like that, you know. Everybody’s going through ups and downs everywhere. This is mine. It’s on display.

“Just lucky to be alive, I guess,” he added. “I worked my ass off for that, and it didn’t go great.”

The flyweight division, however, still remains without a champion after Figueiredo missed weight by more than two pounds.


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