Joseph Benevidez who came so close to winning the flyweight belt no longer has the speed, energy, or power to fight at an elite level. And this one pains me most. Thiago Muherta Santos who was once my favorite assassin super athletic striker has had knee surgery on both his knees and he's lost his speed and ability to move. Thiago used to have an incredible kicking game, his left leg to the body or head was death to his opponent and he can barely turn his hip over into it anymore. Also he can't explode into it with any distance or speed at all. He can't move after a couple leg kicks and he is a stationary target lunging at his opponent and never able to close distance. Thiago used to be able to leap, tumble, charge, and explode into punches and kicks across the octagon in the blink of an eye. It's time for both these veterans to hang up the gloves before they start to take more damage. Santos defense is still pretty good and he doesn't take a lot of damage, but Joseph Benevidez is a standing punching bag and getting KO'd or concussed in every fight. These men are both legends of the sport and a great part of the history of their divisions. Both came so close to winning championships but failed to execute that final kill shot when the time was right.