NEW YORK – UFC’s lightweight sensation, Benoit Saint-Denis, has his sights set on the top tier of the division and is adamant about wanting a main event fight in France.
Saint-Denis (13-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) wrapped up an impressive 2023 with a head kick finish of Matt Frevola (11-4-1 MMA, 5-4-1 UFC) during their UFC 295 main card bout. This marked Saint-Denis’ third finish of the year and his fifth consecutive victory. The 27-year-old fighter from France has been unstoppable and has high hopes for the future.
During a post-fight news conference, Saint-Denis expressed his desire for a main event in France, adding, “I’m going to fight everybody they give me, but really I would like really to make a big main event in France. A guy like Dustin Poirier or (Mateusz) Gamrot.”
Following his UFC debut loss to Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos, Saint-Denis has emerged as one of the most promising rising stars in the division, earning three bonuses and delivering a pair of second-round stoppages alongside his three first-round finishes.
Looking to the future, Saint-Denis is eyeing a challenge for the BMF title, followed by a bid for the division’s undisputed championship.
“I’m going to get that BMF belt because I deserve it, then I’m going to go for Islam Makhachev,” Saint-Denis told Joe Rogan during his in-cage post-fight interview. “He won’t do three rounds with me, nobody is going to do three rounds with me. I’m going to catch everybody. I’m coming for everybody in the lightweight division. It’s not going to last long until I have the belt around my waist, believe me.”
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