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Megan Olivi shares a heartfelt message after Joseph Benavidez’s defeat.
Those who wished to see Joseph Benavidez lastly record gold, as was Benavidez himself, were left sad at UFC Battle Island 2 when Deiveson Figueiredo sent him at the end of the first round to end up being the brand-new UFC flyweight champion. But in the midst of this defeat, UFC broadcaster and interviewer Megan Olivi — the wife of Benavidez — was there to give reassurance and some light in a tough time.
Olivi took to Twitter following the UFC Fight Island 2 main event and said that even though her husband had taken a brutal beating at the hands of Figueiredo, she was still immensely proud of him.
Megan Olivi says she is still as proud of Joseph Benavidez as ever
There is not a better human being in the world than my husband. I am as proud of him as ever. Lucky to be his wife.
— Megan Olivi (@MeganOlivi) July 19, 2020
Benavidez’s heart was on point in the battle, enduring a number of submission efforts in spite of getting tore down in the opening minute. Ultimately, nevertheless, Benavidez lost consciousness in a choke in the final minute of the first.
This battle was a rematch of the original encounter in between Benavidez and Figueiredo at UFC Norfolk in February, which Figueiredo won however was disqualified for the title after stopping working to make weight.
Benavidez likewise made a suspicious difference in the battle, ending up being the first UFC fighter to go 0-4 in championship bouts. In addition to the 2 losses versus Figueiredo, Benavidez controversially dropped a decision in the inaugural UFC flyweight title battle with Demetrious Johnson at UFC 152 and was knocked out in the rematch one year later on.
Benavidez likewise went 0-2 versus Dominick Cruz in the WEC, one bout of which was for the WEC bantamweight championship.
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