Joseph Benavidez: Nothing good has come out of UFC dual champion fights

UFC bantamweight Marlon Moraes has an even better case for a title shot after beating Raphael Assuncao at UFC on ESPN+ 2.

But the way perennial flyweight contender Joseph Benavidez sees it, Moraes already had a good case. So did Assuncao, who beat him less than two years ago.

“They don’t need to fight,” Benavidez told MMAjunkie Radio. But, he added, that’s what you get when superfights take over the matchmaking department.

With bantamweight champ T.J. Dillashaw’s unsuccessful bid for the flyweight belt held by Henry Cejudo, another UFC division is on hold for the foreseeable future.

“It sounds fun, but nothing good ever came out of it,” said Benavidez. “It’s literally to get on the list of double champs, but no one defends. People are like, ‘I did it, (and) I’m not going to fight there again.’”

So far, history backs Benavidez. The originator of the current superfight trend, Conor McGregor, never defended his belts at featherweight or lightweight. Daniel Cormier was stripped of his light heavyweight belt – through no fault of his own – after defending it once. And current dual champ Amanda Nunes would rather fight at flyweight than defend the featherweight belt that added to her bantamweight straps.

As for the contenders in those divisions, they get stuck in limbo. For Benavidez, that’s a pretty familiar place with a pair of losses to now-former champ Demetrious Johnson keeping him out of contention for five years. But even with Cejudo’s win over the once-dominant champ, he’s still hovering in place.

A rematch this past month against Dustin Ortiz, a contender he solidly beat in 2014, was another exercise in frustration despite new blood at the top of the division.

“The fight didn’t make sense in the first place,” he said. “It was a weird fight, but we went through it and went through the charade. Now, it’s like, let’s get back to regular stuff.”

A second win over Ortiz, Cejudo’s 32-second win over Dillashaw, and Moraes’ dominant win could be the best set of circumstances for Benavidez breaking through. But so far, he’s yet to hear from UFC brass.

“I’ve done the interviews and done my due dilligence in reaching out,” he said. “It’s not a question. I want it, and the reasons why, I think everybody knows, which is great.”

The decision ultimately lies with the UFC whether or not the flyweight division moves on. Benavidez will be waiting, like always, until he hears one way or the other.

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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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