SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 03: Joseph Benavidez of the USA celebrates victory during the UFC On FX flyweight bout between Joseph Benavidez and Yasuhiro Urushitani at Allphones Arena on March 3, 2012 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
UFC flyweight tournament finalist Joseph Benavidez has some time on his hands. He handily defeated opponent Yasuhiro Urushitani in his half of the semi-finals, but the bout on the other side featuring Demetrious Johnson vs. Ian McCall went to a draw due to a scoring error. He now has to wait for those two to fight again on June 1st before the final can be scheduled. He spoke to Pro MMA Radio (transcribed by MMA Mania) about the whole mess:
"That was madness, it was a great fight (Johnson vs. McCall). It was madness the whole way it ended up. I found out it was a draw at the press conference. So here I was thinking I was fighting "Mighty Mouse." My initial though of the fight, was honestly, when I was watching it backstage was, I literally thought it could be a draw and that it could go to a fourth round. They threw in that fourth round, which is kind of a shame, you know, they threw it in to use it in the rare case it was a draw, and no one thought the draw was going to actually happened, and when it actually did it got messed up. I just wished they would have announced the draw at the end of the fight, they could do the fourth round and we can get on to the title."
He's not happy with the way things turned out, but he'll definitely wait until the finals and won't fight again:
"I am a little disappointed, I felt like I went out there and I did my job to the fullest, I went out there and got the win and did what I had to do. And so did they, they went out there and did their job and it was messed up by somebody else, it's not their fault. They now get to go out there and fight again, they get to get paid again, they get that exposure you know? People are going to watch that while I get to sit there and not get paid and watch them fight again. So it is what it is, they made a mistake and its going to be a great fight again and it can only bring exposure to the Flyweight division. Whoever wins that is the most deserving guy to fight for the title, so I'm 100 percent willing to wait that way I can fight the guy that is the best so I can be considered the best. But it is a bummer, I only got to fight twice last year and it looks like I will only get to fight twice this year."
He also said that he favors McCall in the rematch, due to the motivation McCall will get from having a second chance and how the first result will have messed with Mighty Mouse's head a bit. Could the long layoff hurt Joe B. in the long run? Unlikely, but possible.