Back at UFC 152 in September 2012, when Benavidez first battled Johnson for the strap, he had his eyes, heart and mind set on becoming the UFC Flyweight Champion. With complete focus on achieving his lifetime goal of wearing the belt, Benavidez admitted that perhaps he went into the title fight overly invested in the end result.
“That wasn’t that fun for me,” said Benavidez. “I was just like ‘Oh my God, hurry up. I wanna just do this.’ And I’ve never felt like that. It’s always fun for me, like I can’t wait to get in there and have a good time.
“So it’s just something I don’t want to do again. I realize you can’t control the result of like being the champion. You could put a f***** picture on your mantle. You can say ‘I’m meant to do this’, but that doesn’t mean s*** at the end of the day. Like oh ‘that’s my destiny’. Destiny doesn’t mean s***, you gotta go out and get it.”
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