Joseph Benavidez Reflects on UFC Norfolk Defeat: ‘S—t Hurts and Probably Will Forever’

By Tristen Critchfield Mar 3, 2020

Joseph Benavidez has taken a little bit more time to reflect on his loss in the UFC Fight Night 169 headliner this past Saturday.

Benavidez fell to 0-3 in flyweight title bouts under the UFC banner, as he suffered a second-round technical knockout loss to Deiveson Figueiredo at Chartway Arena in Norfolk, Va. The Las Cruces, N.M., native was the sentimental favorite heading into the bout due to his long run of success without a championship victory, which made his latest setback even more painful.

Benavidez’s latest message on Instagram was one of disappointment mixed with gratitude.

Now that the dust has settled...Appreciate everyone’s love and support. I’m good (definitely been worse) and even though I set out to achieve greatness, good has to be ok for now,” he wrote. “S--t hurts and probably will forever but I chose this and choose to take these risks. A lot of people have to face a lot worse issues with no choice to be had.

“It can’t always be attained but being able to chase greatness is a choice I’m lucky to have ... at the end of the day I have what I need and will continue to work for what I want. Love you guys.”

The UFC flyweight championship remained vacant after Saturday night due to Figueiredo missing weight. Benavidez had previously lost twice to Demetrious Johnson in flyweight title bouts – including by split decision in the promotion’s inaugural 125-pound championship fight at UFC 152. The 35-year-old is 9-2 in his last 11 UFC appearances.

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