From the sound of things, Joseph Benavidez decided to retire from the mixed martial arts competition some time ago, but he only recently made the decision with the UFC.
News released Wednesday that the four-time Flyweight title challenger has been removed from the UFC roster and ranks — sparked questions about a release or retirement. It is the latter with the initial report of Benavidez’s decision to discontinue his gloves. MMA junkie Nolan King and Mike Bone – Fighter’s wife and ESPN broadcast team member Megan Olivi confirmed.
Benavidez did not speak publicly about his decision until sitting down TSN’s Aaron Branstetter, Where he described the delay in announcing the move.
“It came on suddenly,” Benavidez said. “I knew I was going to retire for a while, but imagine if it was official you’d have to retire and do all those things to make people aware [UFC matchmaker] Mick Maynard, you are about to retire and USADA and all that. So I had to do that yesterday because I was bored and I was like, ‘I have to do this officially’. I am retired in a way.
“So I talked to Mick and then he said, ‘Yeah, you can probably get out of here, so people know what’s going on.’ So, in all honesty, I didn’t have time to really post and take it all in. ”
Since the news came out, Benvidez says he has received love and support from fans, pundits and key figures in the MMA community. UFC President Dana White Released a statement to ESPN And he was honored with the title of “the pillar of light weight divisions for years.”
Benavidez revealed he was completely overcome with emotion after reading these tributes, and said he would post his own after he reflected on his career.
“I see everyone’s messages and a lot of posts,” Benavidez said. “I know I’m retired, so I didn’t think it was an emotional thing. But reading the stuff, I was crying in the backyard, so yeah. It’s a good day. I still have nothing to put out of me. I feel like there’s never a good thing. If it’s hard enough for me to post, its really hard to put into words the meaning of 15 years and everyone’s support.
“Maybe I’ll keep it simple and put a random picture as I usually do,” he continued. “I’m not a big poster, but yeah. That’s another reason. I feel like this can’t really be summed up in words or pictures, I guess. What I’ve been able to do and achieve is what I’ve been able to meet and how grateful I am for everything in the last 15 years.
Beefcake ended its career with a record of 28-8.