The information that he was formally retired got here out a bit before Joseph Benavidez anticipated, but it surely’s a choice he got here to phrases with some time again.
After followers observed his identify was faraway from the UFC’s flyweight rankings, speculations arose and the information later grew to become official that multiple-time title challenger and perennial contender Benavidez has determined to hold up his gloves.
Though it wasn’t information to Benavidez (28-8 MMA, 19-7 UFC) himself, the 37-year-old couldn’t assist however get emotional when he noticed the general public’s help and reward for his achieved profession.
“I’ve identified I’ve been retired, so I didn’t additionally assume it might be an emotional factor,” Benavidez stated. “However simply studying a bunch of stuff, I used to be crying within the yard – so it’s been a great day. I haven’t been capable of put something out myself but.”
Joseph Benavidez was faraway from the UFC rankings pool at present after informing the UFC that he was retiring from MMA, so why hasn’t he introduced it publicly?:
“It is going to be actually onerous to place into phrases simply how a lot 15 years of this and everybody’s help has meant” pic.twitter.com/IcIYMYKRU4
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Benavidez stated as soon as he notified the UFC of his determination and he was faraway from the U.S. Anti-Doping Company (USADA) testing pool, the whole lot occurred quick.
“It simply form of got here very sudden,” Benavidez stated. “I’ve really identified I used to be going to retire for some time, however you must make it official, I suppose, to retire and do all that stuff – like inform the those who it considerations, like (UFC matchmaker) Mick Maynard, that you just’re going to retire, and USADA and all that. So I really simply needed to form of do this yesterday as a result of I used to be bored. I used to be like, ‘I ought to in all probability make this official.’ I’ve form of been retired, in a method.
“So I talked to Mick, and he was like, ‘Yeah, you’re in all probability going to be out of the rankings right here quickly, so folks will in all probability know what’s taking place.’ I stated cool. He stated it’ll in all probability be till Monday, however then I bought out of a exercise, and I had just a few folks messaging me, and I used to be like, ‘Properly, right here we go. That’s how it’s.’ In all honesty, I hadn’t actually had time to submit and to actually take all of it in.”