SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Gabriel Benitez managed to advance to lightweight after defeating Charlie Ontiviros via TKO at UFC San Diego on Saturday night.
“Fighting near my house, Tijuana, I feel all the support of my hometown, right? I’m happy! I can’t say anything. I’m happy for the win,” Benitez said.
Lightweight is a difficult division to compete in, but Benitez believes he belongs in that division.
“I want to stay at 155 now,” he said.
The fight went as most fans expected, with both throwing powerful shots but Antiviros throwing a lot of spin attacks that Benitez had to deal with.
“I know this guy has a bit of kickboxing style. Kind of weird, right? It’s difficult when you’re more of a striker and more technical. The guy kicks a lot, I expected it, but too fast. When I eat For a few moments, I didn’t feel much damage. Then when I started laughing, I would go forward,” Benitez said.
“I find it helpful to change the weight class. If I’m hitting 145, I might get dizzy or something like that.”
Watch Gabriel Benitez’s entire post-match media brawl above.