The information that he was formally retired got here out just a little prior to Joseph Benavidez anticipated, nevertheless it’s a choice he got here to phrases with some time again.
After followers seen his identify was faraway from the UFC’s flyweight rankings, speculations arose and the information later turned official that multiple-time title challenger and perennial contender Benavidez has determined to hold up his gloves.
Although 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 assist and reward for his achieved profession.
“I’ve known I’ve been retired, so I didn’t also think it would be an emotional thing,” Benavidez stated. “But just reading a bunch of stuff, I was crying in the backyard – so it’s been a good day. I haven’t been able to put anything out myself yet.”
Joseph Benavidez was faraway from the UFC rankings pool right this moment after informing the UFC that he was retiring from MMA, so why hasn’t he introduced it publicly?:
“It’s going to be really hard to put into words just how much 15 years of this and everyone’s support has meant” pic.twitter.com/IcIYMYKRU4
— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) September 16, 2021
Benavidez stated as soon as he notified the UFC of his determination and he was faraway from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) testing pool, all the things occurred quick.
“It just kind of came very sudden,” Benavidez stated. “I’ve really identified I used to be going to retire for some time, however it’s a must to make it official, I suppose, to retire and do all that stuff – like inform the those that it issues, like (UFC matchmaker) Mick Maynard, that you just’re going to retire, and USADA and all that. So I really simply needed to type of do this yesterday as a result of I used to be bored. I used to be like, ‘I should probably make this official.’ I’ve type of been retired, in a manner.
“So I talked to Mick, and he was like, ‘Yeah, you’re probably going to be out of the rankings here soon, so people will probably know what’s happening.’ I said cool. He said it’ll probably be until Monday, but then I got out of a workout, and I had a few people messaging me, and I was like, ‘Well, here we go. That’s how it is.’ In all honesty, I hadn’t really had time to post and to really take it all in.”