In the high-stakes world of combat sports, one punch is all it takes.
Joseph Benavidez found that out the hard way a week ago when he fought UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson on UFC on FOX.
While many were suspecting a five-round display of mixed martial arts at its finest, much like the first fight which went the distance, this time it ended like a heavyweight affair.
Johnson knocked Benavidez out with a big right hand in the first round. The fight was over before Benavidez had a chance to do anything.
“I’m just confused about what happened,” he recently told MMA Junkie. “I didn’t get to perform my best and fight the best guy in the world in front of millions of people. They don’t know how I could have performed. I know I was going to have a great performance. That stuff doesn’t happen every day, and that’s what you dream about [fighting] on Fox. That’s the crappy part. A loss is a loss. Winning the world title would’ve been awesome. Fighting ‘Mighty Mouse’ and just competing in there was fun.”
Benavidez battled Johnson in 2012, losing a close split decision to the man known as “Mighty Mouse.” Benavidez came back with three straight wins, two by knockout, and put himself back at the top of the title contenders.
Benavidez’s two other losses both came to UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz.
The 29-year-old Benavidez plans to come back even stronger.
“Bounce back, forget it, look forward to the future, and know there’s still good things to come. I’ve accomplished some things, but I’m not satisfied,” Benavidez said.