"When the fight came up with Wagnney Fabiano, it was kind of a no brainer. I was definitely looking to fight before the end of the year. You know, definitely wanted to get in that third fight of the year. I had already taken some time off, and it’s kind of hard man. I’m just a fighter and when someone offers me a fight, it’s always something I want to do. I’m always training and it always feels like the right decision for me."
Just one fight removed from competing for the bantamweight title, Joseph Benavidez tells Heavy.com he was itching to get back in the cage before the end of the year. An injury to Brian Bowles, Wagney Fabiano's original opponent at WEC 52, gave him the opportunity to do just that. "Joe B-Wan Kenobi" has now fought at least three times in each of the past four years. In 2010, he holds a dominant second round submission victory over former champion Miguel Torres and a narrow split decision loss to current champion Dominick Cruz. In the full interview, he discusses his reluctance to fight Team Alpha Male training partner Urijah Faber now that he's dropped down to his 135-pound weight class. If he defeats "The Silencer" on November 11, will he have a choice?