Joe Benavidez, AKA JoeJitsu, is a former UFC flyweight & MMA superstar. He joins us today with Scott Groves at the On The Edge Podcast! Scott and Joe go in depth into the career of Benavidez, from the very beginning in New Mexico bar fights – to his current role in society as a Real Estate Agent. Part of the KW Sports and Entertainment division, Joe is helping active fighters, and other athletes, build their wealth with real estate. We discuss movies, families, marriage, being sober, tons of martial arts, and everything in between. This is such a great chat with an absolute legend!
Here is a gratuitous copy/paste from Wikipedia about him: Benavidez was born on July 31, 1984, in San Antonio, Texas, and is of Mexican descent. Benavidez grew up with his single mother and two brothers. He attended Las Cruces High School, where he began training boxing. At the age of 16, he also began wrestling, discipline in which he became a New Mexico State champion. He continued to wrestle for one semester at William Penn University before dropping out. From college onwards Benavidez struggled with alcohol and drug abuse before becoming sober, subsequently turning his interest into mixed martial arts.
After fighting in smaller shows while working as a screen printer in Las Cruces, New Mexico, he joined up with Urijah Faber’s Team Alpha Male in 2007. Benavidez has since fought in Dream, WEC and most recently the UFC. His fighting style has drawn comparisons to training partner and former WEC Featherweight Champion Urijah Faber. On April 27, 2010, the Mayor and City Council of the City of Las Cruces proclaimed April 27 as Joseph Benavidez Day in Las Cruces.
0:00 – Start
2:30 – Fighting in New Mexico
5:00 – Growing up
8:00 – Being sober
15:00 – Ultimate Fighter TV Show vs UFC
24:00 – Team Alpha Male
28:40 – What are the sacrifices you made for the sport
40:10 – Beginning of Joe Jitsu
47:10 – How much of fighting is mental vs physical
56:05 – Why did you stop?
1:04:00 – The bug is gone (the need to fight)
1:09:00 – Did it just not work out for some ppl training?
1:15:00 – Retirement and his wife
1:27:30 – The decision to purchase in Nevada
1:39:30 – Closing questions
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