Wilson Reis agreed to fight Joseph Benavidez inside the Octagon, but the decision to select Benavidez as one of the coaches of The Ultimate Fighter 24 opposite Henry Cejudo ended up giving the Brazilian the biggest fight of his life.
A former EliteXC featherweight champion, Reis will challenge Demetrious Johnson for the UFC flyweight championship in the co-main event of UFC 201 in Atlanta, and the Alliance MMA product wasn’t completely taken off guard when his coach Eric Del Fierro called him with the good news.
“I wasn’t so surprised because I looked at the top 10 of the division and — in my mind — they would have to figure out who they would give [Johnson] next,” Reis told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “I thought they were gonna wait to see who was going to win between me and Joseph Benavidez. It was kind of verbally agreed to fight each other, so that’s why I expected to fight Benavidez next. But then I saw that Joseph got scheduled to be the (TUF) coach and fight Cejudo.
“So I looked at the top 10 again and, from the first to the tenth, there’s four guys that haven’t fought him yet, [Jussier] Formiga, myself, [Zach] Makovsky and Dustin Ortiz, but three of them are coming off a loss, and I’m the only guy, now ranked at eighth, coming off a win. So, that could be me. At that point I didn’t know what was going on. I had a feeling that he would have to fight again before The Ultimate Fighter, you know. I was definitely extremely happy with the call, and super ready to take it too.”
Johnson has looked dominant since cutting down to 125 pounds, racking up a 10-0-1 record ….View full article
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