SRN Rewind Preview: Joseph Benavidez

By Jack Encarnacao Sep 2, 2012
On Sept. 22, Joseph Benavidez will vie to become the UFC's very first flyweight champion. Despite the gravity of the opportunity, he's as mellow and clear-headed as ever. His teammates call him an "old soul" because of this quieted nature, which is reflected in his love for board games, breakfast cereal, and dated music.

He became this person as part of a quest to stop drinking and abusing drugs, as the other men in his family did.

The 16-2 Benavidez had a similarly intense sense of purpose when he shipped out to California to train with Urijah Faber. Not only did he never quite go back to the way it used to be, but it’s been an open road ever since. That's significant, because there was a time when it looked like Benavidez might have been trapped on a dead end.

Sunday on the Sherdog Radio Network "Rewind," Joseph Benavidez joins host Jack Encarnacao on The Sunday Sitdown to recount, and reflect on, his road to a historic opportunity.

Better know MMA. Catch the Rewind, Sunday at 9 pm ET on the Sherdog Radio Network.

Listen to a preview of Sunday's "Rewind"


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