Found March 02, 2012 on
It took the UFC a while to come around, but now that the flyweight division is officially set to launch tonight in Australia, Joseph Benavidez (Pictured) is ready to take the 125 pound division by storm with his lightning quicks.
“Now that I’ve cut weight, I know this is the right weight for me,” Benavidez stated. “Being able to go through a camp at this weight, I noticed the difference in my speed. I gained a focus that I didn’t have at 135 pounds. I was fast at 135 pounds, but at 125 pounds I am going to be extremely fast.
“I feel faster and it’s going to make for a dangerous fighter [tonight].”
While speed has always been one of his greatest assets, Benavidez believes the UFC’s new weight class will allow him to showcase his entire repertoire. On the flipside, that same advantage will apply for every other 125-pounder so the division could prove to be the organization’s most thrilling.
“In the flyweight division you won’t see guys throwing one big punch, but [fighting] complete MMA at a very fast pace,” Benavidez added. “I think this is going to be the UFC’s most unpredictable division.”
Benavidez is an early favorite to take the tournament and be the first to don the UFC flyweight title. He’s a whopping 10-to-1 odds-on favorite to dispose of Yasuhiro ********** tonight and advance to the tourney’s finals later this summer.
“UFC on FX: Alves vs. Kampmann” takes place inside Allphones Arena in Sydney. The main card airs live in North America at 9PM ET/6PM PT.
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SYDNEY – Joseph Benavidez, Martin Kampmann, Demetrious Johnson and Ian McCall each earned $50,000 fight-night bonuses for their performances at Friday’s UFC on FX 2 event.
Benavidez earned the night’s “Knockout of the Night” award, Kampmann picked up the “Submission of the Night” bonus, and headliners Johnson and McCall earned “Fight of the Night” honors.
This preview gives us an inside look at tonight's UFC Flyweight Tournament competitors . Well at least 3 out of 4 of them (Yasuhiro ********** is noticeably M.I.A. in this piece).
"Every kid wants to be a football player or a basketball player.. there was a point when I had to realize, ok, I'm too small to be a football player" - Benavidez
"I think my...
After an exciting night of fights from the Allphones Arena in Australia, the UFC announced that the following fighters were awarded with $50,000 bonuses.
Knockout of the Night:
Submission of the Night:
Fight of the Night:
Demetrious Johnson and Ian McCall
It was also revealed during the post-fight press conference that the scorecard for this fight...
March 1, 2012
UFC on FX 2: Alves vs. Kampmann Press Conference
• Main Event: Thiago "Pitbull" Alves (19-8) vs. Martin "The Hitman" Kampmann (18-5)
• Flyweight Tournament Bout: Joseph Benavidez (15-2) vs. Yasuhiro ********** (19-4-6)
• Flyweight Tournament Bout: Ian "Uncle Creepy" McCall (11-2) vs...
Are you pumped to watch the UFC’s four-man flyweight tournament tonight, but only know who Demetrious Johnson (Pictured) and Joseph Benavidez are? As the old adage goes, “Better late than never,” as the organization has just released a lengthy preview video featuring all four fighters.
Ian McCall and Yasuhiro ********** are the tourney’s other contestants. Johnson and Benavidez...
Congratulations to Nick Davidson for winning our UFC on FX: Alves vs Kampmann Pick 'Em Contest. Next Pick 'Em action will be for Bellator LX this Friday night. Thanks for playing!
Consensus picks:Thiago Alves - 52%Joseph Benavidez - 93%Demetrious Johnson - 77%Court McGee - 75%James Te Huna - 66%Consensus Overall Record in 2012: 20-14 (59%)UFC on FX: Alves vs...
SYDNEY, March 3 – The main event of the second UFC on FX fight card, held at Allphones Arena, delivered exactly the kind of unpredictable action fans have come to expect after seeing Martin Kampmann and Thiago Alves at work over the past several years.
Plus, UFC veterans Demetrious Johnson and Joseph Benavidez proved that a drop to 125 pounds didn’t hurt their performance...