In the fourth title fight of the week, UFC fans will get to see Deiveson Figueiredo take on Joseph Benavidez for the vacant world Flyweight Title.
These two squared off in their last fight at UFC Norfolk (Fight Night 169). However, with Figueiredo failing to make weight. he was unable to take the belt home with him.
Despite finishing Benavidez by way of knock out he was not rewarded with the belt. It was a brutal, second-round finish – showcasing Figueiredo’s striking power, and Benevidez will be wary of his opponent this weekend.
This fight was in jeopardy with Figueiredo testing positive for COVID-19 last week. However, follow up tests have since cleared him to fight this weekend.
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Both men put on an exciting fight – and Dana White has rescheduled an immediate rematch between the two. This time, subject to each man making weight, the vacant Flyweight title will be on the line.
The 32-year-old Figueiredo has been impressive throughout his UFC career. In his seven UFC wins he has chalked up four hugely impressive knockout wins and has made the division take note of his striking power.
The manner in which he finished Benavidez in their first fight highlighted just how explosive he can be. A similar outcome is likely this weekend.
With an 18-1 overall record in MMA, the Brazilian has shown himself to be a dynamic and adaptable fighter. He takes on Benavidez (28-6) in what is clearly the biggest fight of either man’s career. Despite measuring only one inch taller than Benavidez, the Brazilian possesses a significant three-inch reach advantage – something that could be crucial this weekend.
He also possesses a two-inch leg reach advantage. With the fight likely to largely play out on the feet, a significant reach advantage does play into the favorite's hands.
At 35 years old, Benavidez is coming towards the end of his career, and this will be the best chance he has to secure a title. It may just come too late for him. Taking his whole MMA record into account, he is 0-4 in title fights.
Whilst a talented fighter, he is clearly just below world-class and has been found out a number of times when going for gold.
In a repeat of their first bout, we believe that Deiveson Figueiredo will take the belt by way of knock out, and push Benavidez’s title record out to 0-5 in the process.
Selection – Figueiredo by way of knock out.