Joseph Benavidez Doesn’t Want Henry Cejudo Chasing Bantamweight Gold


UFC Flyweight Champion Henry Cejudo defeated UFC Bantamweight Division Champion TJ Dillashaw in the main event of UFC Fight Night Brooklyn.

Cejudo said after the bout that he may challenge Dillashaw for the UFC Bantamweight Title, a move that Joseph Benavidez doesn’t want the flyweight kingpin to make.

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“He’s talking about the rematch with T.J. but do you think T.J. would even think of you twice had he knocked you out — controversial or not — do you think he’d even think twice about giving you a rematch?” Benavidez said to Flo Combat. “No. He’d move on, he wouldn’t think about the division, he already says he’d be calling for a featherweight title shot. He wouldn’t give you a rematch. He wouldn’t give you another shot. He didn’t have respect for you before. He’s acting like he has respect now but he already acted the way he did. He wouldn’t think about Henry again or give him a rematch. The only reason he is now is because he lost in 32 seconds. That would never happen. Move on, do the right thing for the division.”

Benavidez also competed at UFC Fight Night Brooklyn, defeating Dustin Ortiz by unanimous decision.

The flyweight contender also doesn’t want Cejudo to move up a weight class because he would like a shot at the gold.

“I gave him 15 minutes of hell and he knows I’m going to come after him,” Benavidez said. “This time it’s going to be 25 minutes. I don’t think he’s scared of me, but he knows a fight with me is a fight with me and the other fight he has nothing to lose because he already knocked the guy out in 32 seconds. If he believes what he says, this is his chance to do it. If he believes in that, if you truly believe in that and you’re not just saying it, this is the only option to keep it moving forward. Give me the shot.”

There is no official word yet on the future of the men’s flyweight division, as it was expected to be eliminated this year according to various reports.

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