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Joseph Benavidez: ‘I’m Here To Leave A Legacy’

Joseph Benavidez will seek to become the first-ever UFC flyweight champion this Saturday night. Benavidez will face Demetrious Johnson at UFC 152.

For Benavidez, this is the perfect time for him to make his mark on the UFC and the MMA history books.

I’m here to leave a legacy, and this is a great start. This only happens once, so there is extra motivation and inspiration.

Benavidez has competed for gold in the past, but knows that becoming the first champion of a division means everyone else that wears the title will be following in his footsteps.

This is something I never could have imagined. I put my goals down, but I can’t really imagine being the first ever; being a world champion means everything to me.

The 28-year-old member of Team Alpha Male has won each of his last four fights, including two stoppage wins. His last loss came at the hands of Dominick Cruz, who has actually handed Benavidez his only two career defeats.

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