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Video: Joseph Benavidez Responds to Michael Bisping’s Flyweight-Hate at UFC 152 Press Conference


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Five UFC 152 headliners were in Toronto yesterday for a press conference to hype up the event, including Joseph Benavidez and Michael Bisping, who were seated next to each other — a somewhat awkward situation, considering Bisping’s recent slam on the 125-pound division. When a reporter inevitably asked Benavidez what he thought about Bisping’s “no one cares about little flyweights” comment, Joe pulled no punches:

“It was pretty silly of course when I heard it, but it’s Michael Bisping. Everyone pretty much expects something ridiculous to come out of his mouth, right? I mean, that’s pretty much what he does.”

Said Bisping: “Listen pal, when you were a glint in your dad’s eye, I was kicking ass in the UFC.”

“And probably saying ridiculous things, also,” Benavidez continued. “It’s not gonna change the fact that [Demetrious Johnson and I are] the top two guys in the world and that we’re going out to make history that night. So everyone that supports us, thanks and we love you. Everyone that doesn’t, including Bisping, I think you soon will and you’ll be excited for this. So yeah man, it’s gonna be great, and [*pats Bisping on the shoulder*] glad to have you on the card as co-main, buddy.”

Ooooooh, burn! Notably absent from the press conference was BJ Penn, which made Rory MacDonald question where his opponent’s was at. As MacDonald said later in the press conference (via MMAMania):

“I don’t know where BJ is at. You know, he didn’t even show up to this. He is dropping out of the VADA testing. Last time I saw him he looked really out of shape. I don’t know where his head is at in this, but, he better get serious or I am going to hurt him very badly.”

Dropping out of the VADA testing? That’s a shame; it was such a well-thought out idea, especially the part about holding the results until after the fight so everybody can still get paid. With the mythical Motivated Penn nowhere in sight, I think MacDonald has a good shot of stopping BJ within three rounds — something even Rory’s mentor couldn’t pull off.

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jizzninja- July 26, 2012 at 12:45 am
Well, I laughed at the guy's voice at the end...I guess I'm an asshole.
Mr_Misanthropy- July 26, 2012 at 12:09 am
Joseph Benevidez is the world's toughest midge by far. Dude fights like an angry chihuahua on twelve grams of the puro.
Mr_Misanthropy- July 26, 2012 at 12:07 am
Ho brah- put down da fucking spam musubi an try come trane brah. You looking like un fucking kook, brah.
The Fresh One- July 25, 2012 at 12:12 pm
So just so we're clear, reasons for fewer KO's in FW:

1. Everyone is elite @ 125
2. Guys moving too fast to land clean
3. Fewer mistakes due to greatness (see 1)
4. No weaknesses (see 1)



danomite- July 25, 2012 at 11:14 am
They probably agree with him considering he's been one of the top guys in the world in the weight class above, which is also a deeper weight class. Despite a huge size disadvantage he still beat everybody not named Dominick Cruz.
Jonny5- July 25, 2012 at 10:49 am
Lol at Joseph thinking he's a top guy at 125. Wonder what Uncle Creepy and Formiga have to say bout that?
blaphtome- July 25, 2012 at 10:36 am
Love how Stann always looks funny in a suit.
macreadysshack- July 25, 2012 at 8:28 am
Dude, I bet those 25'ers will be walking into the cage at 131#s!!!!!!!! Hey, they're fast, scrappy and technical but still super great to make fun of. I hate Bispong but I do think it's funny to rag on the tiny guys ... They can take it.
Enricho Palazzo- July 25, 2012 at 8:07 am
Joseph Benavidez is 22 years old. Michael Bisping is 33 years old. So Michael Bisping was kicking ass in the UFC at the ripe old age of 11, eh? Wow, Hendo really knocked the shit out of your brain cells, didn't he...
Chopyo- July 25, 2012 at 4:52 pm
Enricho Palazzo, its something he says just to showcase the fact that he's alot older than Joseph, u fucking retard. GTFO of cagepotato and stop talking shit about the fighters u fucking retarded keyboard warrior, no one gives a fuck about u, u manlet.
SocraticMethod- July 25, 2012 at 8:56 am
I think Benavidez is 27, making Bisping's accomplishiments even more impressive.
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