Benavidez Still Gets Distracted Analyzing His Fights With Demetrious Johnson

Do you remember when you were in school and someone did so well on a test that the teacher graded everyone on a curve?

That curve is Demetrious Johnson. Were you ever jealous of a sibling that overshadowed the B you were proud of, because…

“I WAS THAT CLOSE TO FINISHING SOMEONE MANY CONSIDER THE BEST EVER [IN THE FIRST FIGHT]. IT’S SOMETHING THAT GOES THROUGH MY HEAD ALL THE TIME. EVERY LITTLE THING THAT I COULD HAVE DONE DIFFERENT. I WILL RANDOMLY BE DRIVING AND GET UPSET. MY WIFE WILL SAY ‘WHAT’S THE MATTER?’ AND I WILL SAY ‘NOTHING.’ BUT SOMETIMES I THINK ABOUT LITTLE THINGS LIKE THAT AND IF IT COULD HAVE GONE ANOTHER WAY. WHEN I FOUGHT [DEMETRIOUS JOHNSON] THE FIRST TIME, YOU COULDN’T PREDICT THE EPIC RUN THAT HE WOULD GO ON. BUT WHEN YOU SEE HIM GOING THROUGH OTHER OPPONENTS YOU THINK, ‘WOW, HE TEARS THESE GUYS APART AND MAKES THEM LOOK NORMAL.’ [HIS SPEED] IS SOMETHING YOU CAN’T ADJUST TO. I TRIED TO GO WITH THE FASTEST PEOPLE I COULD LEADING UP TO THE FIGHTS WITH HIM AND YOU STILL CAN’T GET AS FAST AS HIM UNTIL YOU GET THERE.”

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