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UFC headlines local fighter
By: Chrisdyann Uribe
EL PASO, Texas -- Tomorrow's UFC fight headlines one man from the borderland.
KFOX14 spoke with the possible future champion, and Joseph Benavidez will battle for the flyweight championship tomorrow. Although he's taking on a big fight, he comes from a small city.
"I've always dreamed of bringing a UFC belt back to Las Cruces, my family, my supporters and my friends. That's going to mean a lot to me," Benavidez said.
He won wrestling state championship titles while attending Las Cruces High School. He feels he owes a lot of credit to that city.
"I feel like everything in Las Cruces about me. I learned my work ethic and everything. My family, the love and support, and everything I get from Las Cruces," Benavidez said.
He gets a lot of it; many people from the city are excited about the fight.
"It's nice knowing that you know somebody from Las Cruces and being proud of him even if you don't know him," said Michael Clark, an owner of a Las Cruces gym.
Benavidez feels ready for the fight Saturday.
It's going to take for me to go in there and fight like I am capable of," Benavidez said.
If he does win the flyweight championship, he will dedicate it to one person.
"My mom. She's been my supporter since day one before I did anything. None of this would even be possible without her and the love and support," Benavidez said.
His mother, who also lives in Las Cruces, plans to cheer him on at the fight
"It's his passion. I've always just supported it because that makes him happy so it makes me happy," said Dolores Lopez, Benavidezs mother.
"You know I've always really wanted to do it for a living. I just didn't think it was possible. I just felt like I was being a dreamer, Benavidez said.
He will continue living that dream tomorrow night as he fights Demtrious Johnson.
The two will headline the Dec. 14 fight card at the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, Calif.