Joseph Benavidez on Urijah Faber’s Loss, Don Frye’s Influence & More

By Staff Feb 21, 2014

Joseph Benavidez will look to bounce back from his UFC flyweight title loss last December when he takes on Tim Elliott at UFC 172 on April 26.

Ahead of the fight, he joined the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Beatdown” show to discuss a variety of topics.

On Urijah Faber’s stoppage loss to Renan Barao: “I don’t agree on the stoppage at all. That’s basically all you can say about something like that is I don’t agree with it. I think everyone knows that it was a little premature. [Faber] got up fine. Obviously he was hurt before, but at the time of the stoppage he wasn’t hurt. He was defending himself in a perfect shell really. It’s not like his hand was down or fading. He was holding onto [Barao’s] leg tight. I just don’t know what else [referee Herb Dean] wanted him to do. He gave him a thumb’s up. Most importantly, he told him to do something and he did. It was real unfortunate the way that happened, but Herb’s a great ref and he was just trying to do his job out there.”

On where Faber stands after the loss: “For Faber it sucks to lose that way, but also it’s not like he lost and now he has to go back a bunch. I think everyone knows kind of that was taken away from him, so maybe he just wins one more fight and gets to go back at it. I don’t think people would even disagree if he got an automatic rematch with the way it ended.”

On watching early UFCs: “This was one of my favorite videos I used to watch was the David and Goliath tournament with Don Frye, and Don Frye won it as the David. I forgot who he went against, but he was a small guy at that time, which is crazy because now I just met him the other day. He was eating Chinese food and drinking beer by himself. I had to go up to him and tell him he was one of the first guys I really loved. Being a small guy and seeing him win the David tournament was huge for me.”

On whether he’d fight in a tournament like UFC 8: “Back then I think the reason that size didn’t matter was because it wasn’t really a big guy versus a small guy; it was a style versus a style. Like if I was fighting a giant boxer in a wrestling match, oh yeah, that’d be great to take it, but I’m not going to fight a giant wrestler against a small wrestler. It’s not going to work out. It was more the styles, I think, is why that worked out. … Now it would just be insane, where you’re going to fight a guy that’s really good at everything and then he just happens to be 100 pounds more than you too? Probably not a good idea.”

On whether he’d fight multiple times in one night: “I think I could do it definitely. It’s kind of weird because it is so foreign to think that, but thinking back on how the guys used to do it … I really think I could. I think I was fighting at the time that some of that was going on and I remember thinking if I had to fight in a tournament, I’d be good. … I know it’s in me. I was already for it. Now, as far as the UFC goes, it’s absurd to think of a guy fighting two times in one night, but I think it would be cool and I think I could definitely do it and some guys could do it. It’s just, things can always get skewed in between with injuries and stuff. It’s almost easier to wait a few months and get the fights you want.”

Listen to the full interview (beginning at 1:31:30).


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