Sep 4, 2013; Belo Horizonte, BRAZIL; Joseph Benavidez (black shorts) reacts after defeating Jussier Formiga during UFC Fight Night at Mineirinho Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - Sacramento's Joseph Benavidez looked relax and patient while facing Jussier Formiga at UFC Fight Night in Brazil on Wednesday.
With two minutes left in the 1st round, Benavidez went on the attack missing with a right hook, but connecting a straight left and another hook to Formiga's chin. The shots stunned Formiga and Benavidez took advantage by landing a left knee to the liver sending Formiga to the canvas. After some heavy ground and pound, referee Mario Yamasaki stopped the fight with 1:53 left in the round.
Photo Gallery: Benavidez wins by TKO over Formiga
"I was excited to come down (to Brazil), it was another day at the office and it is a good time," said Benavidez after the fight. "I get to do this for a living, the fight went how it went and I feel great about it."
The victory gives Benavidez (19-3) his third straight victory since losing to Demetrious Johnson for the first ever UFC Flyweight Title in September of 2012.
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As the #1 UFC Flyweight contender, many speculate Benavidez could now get a rematch with Johnson.
"That's not up to me, I'm not the type to bark for a title shot," Benavidez said. "I'm just trying to get better every day every fight but I think I have proven I can beat and finish the top guys in the division."
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The win also extends Team Alpha Male's record in the UFC to 13-0 since the arrival of Head Coach Duane Ludwig. Urijah Faber, Chad Mendes, and Joseph Benavidez have each won three straight. Danny Castillo has two consecutive fights, and T.J. Dillashaw is 2-0 under Ludwig. Dillashaw is scheduled to fight his third bout this year against Raphael Assuncao in October.