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If the UFC is eliminating the flyweight division that comes as info to former title contender Joseph Benavidez, who merely signed a model new 4 wrestle deal with the promotion.

Benavidez returns to movement subsequent weekend at the first ever UFC on ESPN+ card from Brooklyn the place he faces Dustin Ortiz in a wrestle at 125 kilos. Benavidez may serve as the backup to the first event between flyweight champion Henry Cejudo and T.J. Dillashaw merely in case one among them is unable to compete on Jan. 19.

Benavidez says when he signed his new contract, nothing was mentioned to him with reference to the flyweight division going away or that he might have to wrestle at bantamweight to fulfill his deal.

“I simply signed a brand new 4 battle deal. I believe that’s one other good signal,” Benavidez said about the way in which ahead for the flyweight division on Wednesday. “I didn’t even know guys have been getting scale back until I seen them combating in RIZIN and I used to be like ‘how did these guys get lower?’ set off these points are on a regular basis kind of launched. The way in which wherein that I gauge it’s look there’s a flyweight title wrestle. High-of-the-line pound-for-pound guys is coming all the way in which down to our weight to wrestle. We’ve received a model new champion that’s headlining the first card ever with ESPN. That’s how I gauge it. I’m combating on it, there’s completely different fights being signed.

“So I simply look at it like that after which after the battle look at it once more.”

Clearly, Benavidez isn’t ignoring the problems being raised after numerous excellent flyweights have been launched to not level out former champion Demetrious Johnson being traded away to ONE Championship.

Regardless, Benavidez can solely concern about what’s straight in entrance of him and correct now that’s a matchup at 125 kilos in opposition to Ortiz subsequent weekend.

That’s why he’s not going to spend so much time theorizing or collaborating in hypotheticals about what happens at flyweight after the first UFC on ESPN+ card is accomplished.

“Proper now it’s enterprise as common,” Benavidez said. “I’ve received a battle on the identical card as the title battle and that’s actually all there’s. I haven’t actually heard any speak aside from that.”

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