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Wilson Reis campaigns for fight with Joseph Benavidez

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

One of the few top 10 flyweights Joseph Benavidez hasn’t faced inside the Octagon yet is campaigning for a fight with the veteran next.

Wilson Reis, a former Elite XC featherweight champion with a 3-1 record as a flyweight in the UFC, called out the Team Alpha Male product right after his recent win over Zach Makovsky on Feb. 6, and the American looks interested.

"He’s a contender and I have a good name, I’m coming off a good win, so it’s a fight that makes sense," Reis, who defeated Dustin Ortiz in his last UFC fight, told MMAFighting.com. "He answered me on Twitter saying he’s ready, so I hope the UFC likes this idea as well. It would be cool.

"I believe it would be an exciting fight, for sure. I walk straight forward all the time, and I’m better every time I fight. The UFC always gave me top ranked opponents, and I’m a tough fight for anyone. I deserve this fight, for sure. We’ll see what happens."

Benavidez suffered only four losses in 10 years as a professional fighter, losing twice to current UFC champions Demetrious Johnson and Dominick Cruz. Reis, who joined Alliance MMA to help Cruz prepare for his first fight with Benavidez in 2009, believes this clash could determine the next in line for the 125-pound title.

"If it’s April or May, close to the title fight, it’s even better to make this a No. 1 contender fight," he said. "It would be perfect if it’s on the same night, at UFC 197. It makes sense."

"It depends on Demetrious’ fight too, but if you beat a contender, there’s no one left for you to beat," he continued. "And I believe Demetrious will win. (Henry) Cejudo is really good, but I think Demetrious has an advantage."