Joseph Benavidez provides emotional assertion following retirement information

Joseph Benavidez has been a staple within the UFC for what looks as if without end. His fan-friendly combat fashion and heartwarming story has endeared himself to not solely the general public however to the media and UFC brass. So when he introduced his retirement from the game after 10 years within the promotion, there wasn’t a dry eye within the room, Benavidez included. 

“I’ve recognized I’ve been retired, so I didn’t additionally assume it will be an emotional factor,” Benavidez advised TSN on Wednesday. “However simply studying a bunch of stuff, I used to be crying within the yard – so it’s been an excellent day. I haven’t been in a position to put something out myself but.”

Followers and media took to Twitter to share their favourite recollections of Benavidez’s lengthy profession, together with his time in WEC, his 4 title fights and his many, many, many highlights. 

“It simply sort of got here very sudden,” Benavidez stated. “I’ve really recognized I used to be going to retire for some time, however it’s important to make it official, I assume, to retire and do all that stuff – like inform the folks that it considerations, like (UFC matchmaker) Mick Maynard, that you simply’re going to retire, and USADA and all that. So I really simply needed to sort of try this yesterday as a result of I used to be bored. I used to be like, ‘I ought to most likely make this official.’ I’ve sort of been retired, in a manner.”

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Actually, earlier than the information was made official, followers started to note that his identify had been faraway from the rankings which is what pressured the retirement to turn into public. 

“So I talked to Mick, and he was like, ‘Yeah, you’re most likely going to be out of the rankings right here quickly, so folks will most likely know what’s taking place.’ I stated cool. He stated it’ll most likely be till Monday, however then I bought out of a exercise, and I had a number of folks messaging me, and I used to be like, ‘Effectively, right here we go. That’s how it’s.’ In all honesty, I hadn’t actually had time to publish and to essentially take all of it in.”

Benavidez made his MMA debut on June 3, 2006, his WEC debut on Dec. 3, 2008 and his UFC debut on March 19, 2011. He fought for the UFC title a complete of 4 instances, shedding all 4 fights. He ends his profession with a 28-8 report and can seemingly be within the UFC Corridor of Fame sometime. 

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