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UFC Vegas 31: Gabriel Benitez is putting his recent weight miss behind him
July 14, 2021
Gabriel Benitez has put his latest weight miss behind him appears to be like ahead to UFC Vegas 31.
Two featherweight warriors will open the primary card of UFC Vegas 31 when Gabriel Benitez faces Billy Quarantillo. The American Prime Staff skilled Benitez will look to maintain the momentum going. However earlier than he lets his fists fly, Benitez spoke about lacking weight in his final scheduled struggle.
Benitez was set to have his first struggle of 2021 in Could. Nonetheless, he tipped the scales at 150.5 kilos for the featherweight struggle. His opponent, Jonathan Pearce, opted to not take the struggle, leaving Benitez with out a dance associate.
“I struggle for nearly for 2 years, one 12 months and a half at 155,” Benitez said when requested what occurred throughout his missed weight minimize. “And after I tried to drop all the way down to 145, it was tremendous exhausting. And two weeks earlier than I bought my struggle, I used to be sick. I’m considering it was Covid, however naw. You understand while you get sick, it’s exhausting to drop the burden.”
Gabriel Benitez was sick earlier than he missed weight
“The UFC and matchmaker knew that, however, nicely,” he mentioned. “And I wished to do my finest proper, like attempt to drop to 146 (kilos). I mentioned like two or three weeks earlier than if I can drop, we will do a catchweight.”
Make no mistake about it; Benitez is aware of he was within the incorrect for lacking weight, however the American Kickboxing Academy fighter feels issues may have been dealt with otherwise.
“I do know it’s my mistake as a result of I missed weight,” mentioned Benitez when requested if he was dissatisfied Pearce didn’t settle for the struggle.
“I’m an expert, proper; I have to make weight. However, yeah, I used to be mad; I used to be offended as a result of earlier than he mentioned sure. The struggle goes on, . However after that, he mentioned, I don’t know, I don’t know what occurred. He didn’t see this as one of the best (possibility) for his profession.”
Benitez efficiently made weight in his final struggle in opposition to Justin Jaynes in December of 2020. It appears to be like as if the 33-year-old has his weight points underneath management. We are going to discover out for positive when the fighters weigh-in for UFC Vegas 31
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